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Center hosts congressional staffers

Feb 29, 2024


We recently hosted two members of U.S. Congressperson (California's 24th District) Salud Carbajal's team for a tour of our Center. Staffers Greg Haas (Senior District Representative) and Ruth Vasquez (Agricultural Staffer) toured our administrative offices, entomology lab, and research field.

Photo (L to R): John Lin (Center Automation Program Leader), Greg Haas, Ruth Vazquez and Gerald Holmes (Center Director).

Happy National Strawberry Day and Center's first harvest

Happy National Strawberry Day and Center's first harvest

Feb 27, 2024


HAPPY NATIONAL STRAWBERRY DAY!

Join us and the nation today in celebrating the beloved heart-shaped, juicy strawberry. This is an additionally exciting occasion for us here at the Strawberry Center as our team harvested late last week our debut set of berry-filled clam shells for the 2023/24 season. Berries will be sale soon locally at Cal Poly Meats, Vista Grande Market (Cal Poly campus) and Vons.

https://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/national-day/national-strawberry-day-february-27

Botrytis fruit rot season is upon us

Botrytis fruit rot season is upon us :-(

Feb 8, 2024


In this blog article, Center Director Gerald Holmes discusses optimal conditions for establishment of our most economically important fruit disease.

Temperatures between 60F and 75F and wetness lasting over 16 hours are ideal for infection and disease development. These conditions are most likely to occur during the winter and early Spring, when fruit supply is low and prices are high.

[Read More…] https://strawberrycenterblog.com/2024/02/08/its-botrytis-fruit-rot-season/

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New Center program leader Mohammad A. Aghaee introduces himself in blog article

New Center program leader Mohammad A. Aghaee introduces himself

Feb 6, 2024


Explore our most recent blog article! Our new Cal Poly Strawberry Center Entomology Program Leader MOHAMMAD AMIR AGHAEE tells us a bit about himself.

The Bug Man Cometh

Two months have flown by faster than I realized. Leaving the South and coming back to the West Coast after almost a decade is a bit jarring. Gone are the slow dusty beats of the corn, cotton, and soy tractors traversing the field filled with Ford F-250s and secondhand RAM 2500s. Now I stand on sandy soils producing some of the juiciest fruit lined with the workers’ Toyotas and Hondas. In some ways the processes are the same and in other ways they are different.

Read full post @ https://strawberrycenterblog.com/2024/02/06/the-bug-man-cometh/

Cal Poly Strawberry Field Day set for Thursday, August 8, 2024

Cal Poly Strawberry Field Day set for Thursday, August 8, 2024

Jan 31, 2024


SAVE THE DATE!
Thursday, August 8, 2023
7:30 am – 1:30 pm

Join us this summer at Cal Poly for our annual Strawberry Field Day!
Hundreds of strawberry growers, researchers and industry representatives from all over California (and beyond) gather annually for Strawberry Center Field Day. Participants rotate through Automation, Entomology and Plant Pathology stations, hearing from Cal Poly students and staff about the latest research taking place at the Strawberry Center. Topics range from the newest automation technology to predatory mites to soil-borne pathogens of strawberry, and much more. Lunch will be provided. See video produced by CA Strawberry Commission for scenes from last year's Field Day event: https://www.facebook.com/CAStrawberries/videos/670674565109049

Lygus bug vacuum featured in Vegetable Growers News

Lygus bug vacuum featured in Vegetable Growers News

Jan 23, 2024


Vegetable Growers News' managing editor Chris Koger talks with Center Automation program leader John Lin about how an ongoing collaboration between the California Strawberry Commission, Cal Poly Strawberry Center, C&N Tractors and growers has greatly improved the efficiency of the Lygus bug vacuum. The vacuums operate without use of any chemicals, assisting both organic and conventional growers in reducing Lygus bug populations, estimated to cause $200 million in lost sales throughout the state each year.

http://tinyurl.com/lygus-bug-vac

Stop by our table at the Centers and Institutes Fair

Stop by our table at the Centers and Institutes Fair

Jan 16, 2024


Stop by our table at the Centers and Institutes Fair tomorrow (Wednesday)!

All faculty, staff and students are invited to the Cal Poly Centers and Institutes Fair on Wednesday, Jan. 17, from noon to 2 p.m., being held on Mustang Way (the pedestrian walkway between Mott Athletics Center and the Univ Union. Come learn what our Center and many other Cal Poly centers and institutes do and how you can get involved. We look forward to seeing you there!

MS student Samantha Simard participates in SCRI Exchange Intern program

MS student Samantha Simard participates in SCRI Exchange Intern program

Jan 9, 2024


Listen in as our Center Research Associate and Masters Student Samantha Simard describes her experience as an Academia-Industry Student Exchange Intern with Driscoll's in Watsonville, CA. This is part of the USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative grant that funded Sam's project. She particularly enjoyed her experiences and interactions with raspberry industry leaders and growers as this was a new area for her.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWMYcXgdUh4

Cal Poly Mustang News features Strawberry Center

Cal Poly Mustang News features Strawberry Center

Jan 4, 2024


The Strawberry Center was recently featured in Cal Poly’s Mustang News. The article was written by Cal Poly journalism student, Caitlin Garcia, as part of her course project. The piece details our Center’s research and activities, and includes interviews with some of our team members.

Check it out now!

Plants Get Sick: A Look into Strawberry Pathology at Cal Poly
by Caitlin Garcia
https://mustangnews.net/a-look-into-strawberry-pathology-at-cal-poly/

 

A warm welcome to our new Entomology Program Leader

A warm welcome to our new Entomology Program Leader

Jan 2, 2024


We are pleased and excited to announce that Dr. Mohammad Amir Aghaee joined our team on Dec 4, 2023.

Mohammad grew up in East Bay around Berkeley and Oakland, CA. He completed his undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley before going to UC Davis for his doctorate in entomology working on rice water weevil and brown marmorated stink bug. He did his postdoc at NC State working on cotton bollworm and lygus near the outer banks. He then took a position with Bayer at their insectary in Tennessee working on plant insect protectant trials in corn, cotton, and soy across a whole series of pests.

Mohammad believes the best lessons are learned through action and just a dash of adversity. He learned video production and editing during the pandemic for Bayer and he will bring his entire creative and scientific skill set to bear for the Center and the strawberry industry.

Please join us in welcoming Mohammad!

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