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Students Earn Honors at the American Society of Agronomy, California Chapter Conference

Students Earn Honors at the American Society of Agronomy, California Chapter Conference

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, students Elmer Barrueta, Laura Boots, Erik Spitzer, Suzette Turner and Betzy Valdez, along with faculty Ana Medic, Garrett Liles and Hossein Zakeri attended the 2017 Annual California Plant and Soil Conference, hosted by the American Society of Agronomy California Chapter at the Fresno Convention Center. Boots took second place in the undergraduate poster contest, and Turner won a $1,000 scholarship in the student essay competition. 

Boots’ research for which she entered her poster focuses on walnut shell-based biochar and its use in providing potassium to support plant productivity. Eight undergraduate students competed in the poster abstract competition. 

Boots encourages other students to talk to professors about seeking research opportunities.

“It takes perseverance, but it’s gratifying to know your hard work can advance agriculture in the future,” she said.

Turner’s essay, which was featured in the conference proceedings, focused on a plan for building soil health in an established walnut orchard in California’s Central Valley. She also presented her research on biochar and compost applications’ effects on crop growth and soil health at the conference. One day she hopes to have her research published.