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Global Warming Potential of Contrasting Row Crop Production Systems in the Monterey Bay Region

In cooperation with the grower-cooperators, we will use the literature to estimate global warming potential from farm-gate activities to determine which of the practices might have the greatest global warming potential impact. We will measure greenhouse gases from several fields comparing organic and conventional farms as contrasting farm management practices.

Project Number: 10-09-005
Funding Round: 11 (2009-2010)
Research Focus Area: Production and Cultural Practices
ARI Member Campus: California State University, Monterey Bay
Director: Los Huertos, Marc

Development of Sustainability Metrics for Agricultural Irrigation Water Use Efficiency

The project will facilitate aggregation of crop water consumption estimates at spatial scales ranging from field-to-regional level on daily-to-seasonal timestep; develop a standard method for deriving quantitative irrigation system performance indicators; and distribute a software calculator for irrigation system performance metrics to include consumptive use fraction and agronomic use fraction.

Project Number: 13-01-006
Funding Round: 14 (2012-2013)
Research Focus Area: Water and Irrigation Technology
ARI Member Campus: California State University, Monterey Bay
Director: Johnson, Lee

Linking Landsat Data with an Online Irrigation Scheduling Tool for California Orchards

1.OBJECTIVE 1: Research coordination, final planning. Basic research is currently on-going, including that of our Co-Investigator Allan Fulton, to investigate key aspects of light interception, water relations, and nutrient demand in various orchard crops, entities as the USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative, Almond Board of California, California Dept. of Water Resources, and Walnut Research Board. OBJECTIVE 2: Further calibrate SIMS with in-situ observations of fractional cover in almond and walnut orchards. Fractional cover is a key variable used by CM to derive crop coefficients. For annual crops, Fc is modeled as a sigmoidal curve based on planting and expected harvest dates. For orchards, however, the situation is more complex due to such issues as planting density, pruning operations, maturity level, and site favorability. OBJECTIVE 3: Fc retrieval/ingestion from SIMS web service. A software interface module will be developed to automate transfer of SIMS Fc estimates into the CM irrigation scheduler. This task is currently funded by a Specialty Crop Block Grant from the Calif. Dept. Food & Agriculture, and represents a project in-kind contribution. OBJECTIVE 4: Implement CM algorithm(s) for irrigation scheduling of almond and walnut. Modify the CM algorithm to recommend irrigation schedules for almond/walnut, with options to validate recommendations with field measures of soil moisture and/or crop stress.OBJECTIVE 5: System verification and refinement. This project phase will involve testing a beta release of the modified CM software as linked to SIMS. OBJECTIVE 6: Outreach, reporting. By active consultation with the Almond and Walnut Boards, we will facilitate 3-4 meetings among academic institutions, water resource agencies, and other stakeholders to discuss aggregation of various on-farm water/nitrogen management R&D efforts into a coordinated, sustainable asset for California farmers.

Project Number: 15-01-104
Funding Round: 16 (2014-2015)
Research Focus Area: Water and Irrigation Technology
ARI Member Campus: California State University, Monterey Bay
Director: Johnson, Lee

Quantifying Benefits of On-farm BMPs for Irrigation and Nutrient Management

1) Quantify the ability of integrated, low-cost on-farm BMPs for irrigation and nutrient management to reduce nitrate loss below the root zone and as tile drain effluent for drip irrigated, nutrient intensive specialty crops that are economically important for Monterey County and the Central Coast region. 2) Quantify the effect of these BMPs for reductions in N2O emissions from agricultural soils. 3) Quantify yields and input costs under the BMPs relative to standard practice to provide demonstration projects conducted with leading industry partners to evaluate the effectiveness of the BMPs for reducing nitrate losses and sustaining yields while potentially reducing production costs. 4) Provide datasets that can be used in outreach and education events, incorporated into curricula at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) and Hartnell College, and used by agricultural extension specialists in development of training for current and future agricultural professionals.

Project Number: 15-07-001
Funding Round: 16 (2014-2015)
Research Focus Area: Water and Irrigation Technology
ARI Member Campus: California State University, Monterey Bay
Director: Melton, Forrest

Improving Nitrate Removal Rates in Agricultural Bioreactors by Immobilizing a Denitrifying Bacteria onto a High Specific Surface Area Support Matrix

1) Demonstrate the process for inoculating three types of bioreactor support matrices (woodchips, plastic, porous ceramic) with a single type of bacteria in the bioreactors. 2) Quantify the difference in the rate of denitrification for the plastic, and porous ceramic support matrices in comparison to the woodchips. 3)Determine the minimum time needed to reduce nitrate concentrations in the outlet of the bioreactor channel below the 10ppm total maximum daily load (TMDL), for each type of support matrix.

Project Number: 15-07-002
Funding Round: 16 (2014-2015)
Research Focus Area: Natural Resources
ARI Member Campus: California State University, Monterey Bay
Director: Skardon, John

Simplifying molecular diagnostics for field use in detecting plant pathogens

1.) Investigate the transferability of these isothermal assays to lateral flow devices and to compare them to the previously developed fluorometric RPA assays. 2.) Develop a workflow platform by which standard PCR assays and new isothermal assays can be designed and utilized with multiple end uses. 3.) Involve students in several aspects of the research and give them exposure to these molecular tools

Project Number: 15-07-003
Funding Round: 16 (2014-2015)
Research Focus Area: Biotechnology
ARI Member Campus: California State University, Monterey Bay
Director: Miles, Timothy

Quantifying Benefits of On-farm BMPs for Irrigation and Nutrient Management

1) Quantify the ability of integrated, low-cost on-farm BMPs for irrigation and nutrient management to reduce nitrate loss below the root zone and as tile drain effluent for drip irrigated, nutrient intensive specialty crops that are economically important for Monterey County and Fresno County. 2) Quantify yields and input costs under the BMPs relative to standard practice to provide demonstration projects conducted with leading industry partners to evaluate the effectiveness of the BMPs for reducing nitrate losses and sustaining yields while potentially reducing production costs. 3)Provide datasets that can be used in outreach and education events, incorporated into curricula at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) and California State University Fresno (CSUF), and used by agricultural extension specialists in development of training for current and future agricultural professionals.

Project Number: 16-01-103
Funding Round: 17 (2015-2016)
Research Focus Area: Water and Irrigation Technology
ARI Member Campus: California State University, Monterey Bay
Director: Melton, Forrest
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