Our goal is to increase the sustainability of the California strawberry industry through research and education that addresses industry needs.
The Center is a partnership between the California Strawberry Commission (CSC) and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Formed in 2013 through a memorandum of understanding, the Center began taking shape in 2014 with the hiring of a director, plant pathologist, research associate and part-time administrative coordinator. The initial team began conducting research on soil-borne pathogens and fumigation alternatives, two pressing issues facing the industry. In its first five years, the Center expanded its research reach to three main programs, which are all three still in existence today:
• Plant Pathology
In its first eight years, the Center secured over $2.5M in extramural funding and over $1.3M in gifts to conduct 149 projects.
Cal Poly’s Learn-By-Doing philosophy fits seamlessly with the Center’s mission. More than 110 students have received industry-related work experience; 40 have landed paid internships; 32 senior projects and 15 Master's theses were mentored by Center staff.
Our Industry Advisory Council We are very grateful for their support and service!
Come Visit Us
Exit Hwy 101 at Hwy 1 North Morro Bay/Santa Rosa St. Proceed through several stop lights, approximately 2 miles, to Highland Drive, make a RIGHT. Turn LEFT after one 1/2 of a mile on Mt. Bishop Road, proceed about 3/4 mile to building 83, Technology Park on your LEFT side. The Strawberry Center is located on the first floor, room 104 and 105. PLEASE PARK IN A VISITOR SPOT.
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