Tucson Plant Materials Center Updated:08/2016

The Center’s mission has evolved to address current conservation needs such as erosion, drought, pollinator conservation, water quality, wildlife habitat, energy demands, and wildfire damage.

The Tucson Plant Materials Center service area encompasses the Sonoran, Chihuahuan, and Mojave deserts in areas of Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.  Major land uses in this area include irrigated farmland, rangeland, and minelands. The Center develops and evaluates adapted plant materials and technologies for needs throughout the service area.

The Center’s conservation plant releases include a variety of conservation shrubs and grasses such as, ‘Loetta’ Arizona cottontop, Batamote Germplasm desert zinnia, Cochise Germplasm spike dropseed, Pima Germplasm Pima pappusgrass, and Vegas Germplasm alkali sacaton. Many of these releases were developed in collaboration with partners such as the Bureau of Land Management, University of Arizona, and the Agricultural Research Service.

Contact Tucson Plant Materials Center


Contact Tucson Plant Materials Center

Heather Dial
PMC Manager
3241 North Romero Rd.
Tucson, AZ  85705
Phone: (520) 292-2999, ext. 106
Fax: (855) 848-4349

Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Utah