Soil Health in Organic Farming: Podcast

May 07, 2020
One challenge in organic crops is trying to reduce soil disturbance as much as possible. Jeff Mitchell, a faculty member in Plant Sciences, is a vegetable crops specialist with UC Cooperative Extension. He works with organic farmers throughout California to research practices that may help them improve their soil health.

Plant scientist Jennifer Schmidt selected for Kinsella Memorial Prize

May 01, 2020
Jennifer Schmidt, a Ph.D. candidate in Plant Sciences, is the 2020 recipient of the John E. Kinsella Memorial Prize for outstanding research on a doctoral dissertation. Her research focuses on the microbiome of the soil around plant roots — the rhizosphere — and its functional implications for sustainable agriculture.

Root Pottery: An agroecology grad student creates rhizosphere-inspired art

September 17, 2019
Agroecology graduate student Jennifer Schmidt, Department of Plant Sciences, makes ceramics inspired by her Ph.D. dissertation work on the interactions between maize and its surrounding microbes. The visual aspects of her research lend themselves to hand-painted ceramics. Many scientists pursue some form of art or music, along with their science.