Graduate Student Projects Funded for 2022

August 8, 2022

Western SARE’s Administrative Council recently approved funding of $323,118 for 13 Graduate Student Research and Education projects.  The projects are located in eight Western states (Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming).

The Graduate Student Research & Education Program involves Master’s or Ph.D. students partnering with producers on innovative research and outreach on key sustainable agriculture topics. Topics of the recently funded projects include weed and disease management, managing crop residues, sustainable turmeric production, improving fertility, honeybees, genetics in stocker steers, and rangeland management.

The funded projects are:

  1. Carrots as a Model for Defining Critical Period of Weed Management, Biofertilization, and Market Opportunities for Great Plains Vegetables Producers
  2. Control of Powdery Scab of Potato with Disease Suppressive Soils
  3. Designing a Regenerative Systems Approach for Sustainable Turmeric Production
  4. Evaluating the Effectiveness of Range Riding at Reducing Conflicts Between Livestock and Native Carnivores Across the American West
  5. The Evolution and Importance of Natural Varroa Resistance in Hawaii's Honeybees
  6. Examining the Biofumigation and Innate Potential of Ground Papaya seeds to Induce Host Plant Resistance against Soil-borne Pathogens in Hawaii
  7. Impact of Genetics and Grazing Management on Enteric Methane Emissions and Performance in Stocker Steers
  8. Integrated Weed Management of Non-native Annual Grass, Ventenata dubia, in Montana Rangelands
  9. Managing Crop Residues for Soil Health
  10. Nitrogen Mineralization in High-Elevation Hay Meadow Soils for Improved Fertility Management
  11. Significance of Seedborne Stemphylium vesicarium in Stemphylium Leaf Spot of Spinach
  12. Testing the Potential of Seed Pellets to Improve the Soil Health in Rangelands
  13. Testing Thiamin as an Immunity Inducer against Bacterial and Fungal Pathogens in Potato

What to learn more? Summaries of funded projects can be found in SARE’s project database.

Please note: the 2023 Call for Proposals for this grant program has been released, with a deadline of December 6, 2022.

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