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Strawberry Center students present research at 2024 CAFES Spring Student Research Symposium

Congratulations to Strawberry Center students who presented their research at this year’s CAFES Spring Student Research Symposium. Our students won 3 of the 6 awards and were competing against the entire college (9 departments) with over 70 research projects. This is the 3rd consecutive year that a Strawberry Center student has won 1st place in the graduate student research competition. That’s an impressive record!


- Cooper Calvin: 1st place, graduate student research, "Crop termination and cover cropping to manage Macrophomina root rot of strawberry"
- Joseph Ramirez: 2nd place, graduate student research, "California survey of Botrytis fruit rot in Santa Maria strawberry fields with and without fungicides applied"
- Stephen Pryor: 2nd place, undergraduate student research, "Relationship between Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. fragariae and Meloidogyne hapla in strawberry cropping system"

We are also very proud of these student research posters:
- Samantha Simard, "Survey of Soilborne Pathogens Infecting Strawberry in Ventura County, California"
- Marina Gutierrez, "Implementing UV-C Treatment Following Fungicide Application for Control of Gray Mold in California Strawberry"
- Colin Koubek, "Effect of Chloropicrin and Metam Sodium on Nitrogen Mineralization and Preplant Fertilizer Release in California Strawberry Production"
- Maria Guadalupe Alvarez Arredondo (PLSC) and Jake Sporleder (BRAE), "Can microwave be a fumigant alternative to control Macrophomina root rot in strawberries?"

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