Cal Poly Strawberry Center Quarterly Newsletter
Winter 2018, Issue 1
Cal Poly Strawberry Center Prepares for Second Year of Strawberry Evaluation
Cal Poly Strawberry Center students and staff transplanted more than 60,000 strawberry plants at year’s end, readying for a second year of evaluating strawberry varieties for disease resistance.
Cal Poly Strawberry Center’s Inaugural Field Day to Become an Annual Event
The Strawberry Center’s first Field Day showcased field research and attracted more than 200 attendees representing all aspects of the strawberry industry including growers, researchers and industry representatives.
Cal Poly Strawberry Center Among Researchers Named in $4.5 Million Grant
The Cal Poly Strawberry Center, along with a team of scientists throughout California and Florida, was awarded a grant to identify strawberry plants with natural disease resistance.
Strawberry Automation Summit Held at Cal Poly
Cal Poly hosted the Strawberry Automation Summit on Jan. 11 at the Performing Arts Center. The all-day conference, attended by more than 200 strawberry growers, processors and shippers representing 80 percent of California’s strawberry industry, showcased the latest advances.
Student Wins Research Poster Competition
Graduate student Scott Cosseboom (Agriculture and Environmental Plant Sciences, ’16) won the research poster competition at the Pacific Division meeting of the American Phytopathological Society held in Riverside, California, in June.
Strawberry Center Update from Director Gerald Holmes
The Cal Poly Strawberry Center is now entering its fourth year. We are excited about the progress made thus far. Many exciting and important projects are currently in progress.
The Nuts and Bolts of Gray Mold and Fungicide Resistance
In collaboration with Farm Advisors Oleg Daugovish, Surendra Dara and Mark Bolda, the Cal Poly Strawberry Center organized three meetings titled “The Nuts and Bolts of Gray Mold and Fungicide Resistance.”
New Research Associate Joins the Cal Poly Strawberry Center
Kyle Blauer (Fruit Science, ’15) joined the Cal Poly Strawberry Center in November 2017 as a research associate in. He will manage the field research program. Prior to joining the Strawberry Center, Blauer worked in agricultural research with SGS North America.