College of Agriculture

Student Earns Research Honors at National Symposium

Announced on: Monday, Dec. 03, 2018

 Two Chico State students presented research posters during the Students of Agronomy, Soils, and Environmental Sciences (SASES) Research Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland, on Nov. 5, 2018. Also, senior crops, horticulture, and land resource management major Chloe Dugger won first place in her session of the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.  

Dugger’s poster described a research project she completed during the summer of 2018 with fellow students Miriam Pacheco and Amanda Cox in a field trial at the University Farm. Titled “The Effects of Water Stress Preconditioning on Heat and Drought Tolerance of Corn in Northern California,” the team studied whether drought stress at a young age could enhance the plant drought tolerance during flowering and grain filling.

Cox also attended the symposium to present a poster on her research titled, “The Effect of Salinity on Nitrogen Acquisition and Biological Nitrogen Fixation of Alfalfa.” While working with Dugger, plant science Professor Hossein Zakeri, and a team at Fresno State, Cox used potted alfalfa plants to study the impacts of various salinity solutions and fertilizer levels on the plants’ nitrogen fixation. Cox hoped to better understand the impacts of rising water and soil salinity in California’s major forage producing regions.

The research symposium consisted of three separate poster sessions along with tours, speech contests, a quiz bowl, and career fair. The symposium was part of the annual joint meeting of the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America.