Gary E. Gross graduated from CSU with a Bachelor’s of Science in Horticultural Science with a concentration in crop production in 2014. Mr. Gross, has extensive commercial experience in conventional and organic vegetable crop production and has been employed as a manager and grower for greenhouse and open-field vegetable crop production operations. His industry vision is to promote and develop sustainable agricultural practices based within protected agriculture and the open-field that are implementable and profitable for real farm operations. Mr. Gross is currently a CSU Horticulture department M.S. candidate researching biological controls for Columbia Root-Knot nematodes in potato crop production and the effects of potato root exudates on Root-Knot nematode motility.
Erin Lapsansky graduated in 2010 from Gonzaga University with a degree in Research Biology. Her work is inspired by the drive for global sustainable practices in agriculture. Her research at Gonzaga involved genetic modification of roses to reduce synthetic pesticide use. In the Center for Rhizosphere Biology at CSU, Erin studies root architecture in response to the Rhizosphere and is working to identify a biocontrol agent for the root knot nematode Meloidogyne chitwoodi.
Arwen Milroy graduated in May of 2012 from Adams State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Organismal Biology, emphasizing Botany, and is now working toward a Ph.D. in Horticulture. A conservationist at heart and interested in botanical medicines, Arwen is focusing her research on how plant and microbial co-adaptation through rhizospheric interactions might influence health related phytochemistry. Arwen is conducting this research on woodland strawberries (Fragaria vesca) and Stevia rebaudiana in hopes of finding more efficient methods of cultivation that increase the nutrient density or medicinal components of plants by more closely mimicking the plant’s natural habitat. This research incorporates elements of metagenomics and metabolomics as well as plant and microbe cultivation.
Jun Yuan, a visiting scholar from Nanjing Agricultural University supported by China Scholarship Council (CSC). I am working on two projects: (1) the effect of isoprenoids on the soil bacterial community and soil nitrogen cycling. (2) The effect of phytochemicals on plant growth and soil microbial community.