Summer in Davis means tomato season. This week the team was out early in the field to collect soil and rhizosphere samples. In this trial, we are evaluating the response of the soil microbiome to a biostimulant.
Zeke and Laibin (Rodrigues Lab) collect rhizosphere samples
Zeke (Rodrigues Lab) holding a tomato root sample
Nono, Anna and Erika (Lazcano Lab) taking soil samples
Established in 1992, Professors for the Future (PFTF) is a year-long competitive fellowship program designed to recognize and develop the leadership skills of outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who have demonstrated their commitment to professionalism, integrity, and academic service. The program is designed to prepare UC Davis doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars for an increasingly competitive marketplace and a rapidly changing university environment.
The Soil Biodiversity and Health Lab will be leading the charge to assess the potential of healthy soils to contribute to the sustainability of groundwater and irrigated agriculture in semi-arid regions of western US. We will assess how sustainable and regenerative soil management practices such as cover cropping build carbon and soil health with benefits for soil drivers of groundwater recharge and drought resilience to improve sustainability of western US agroecosystems. This research will be carried out within the context of a $10M USDA NIFA grant awarded to Associate Professor Isaya Kisekka. We will be looking for a postdoctoral scholar to work with us on this multidisciplinary project. More info here.
Professor Isaya Kisekka and students measure soil moisture content at the UC Davis Agricultural Research Farm in 2018. (Source: https://www.ucdavis.edu/food/news/uc-davis-lead-groundwater-and-irrigated-agriculture-sustainability-study)
👏 🥇Congratulations to Noelymar González for obtaining a Henry A. Jastro Graduate Research Award to support her work on vineyard soil health!! 🍇
🍇 We are thrilled to announce that our project ‘Assessment of the variability in soil health indicators and incorporating healthy soil management practices into the context of Napa Valley terroirs’ has received funding from the American Vineyard Foundation. This project will be performed through a partnership between UC Davis and USDA researchers and the Napa Valley Grape Grower Association.