Biosolarization

Christopher Simmons Honored by Department of Pesticide Regulation

February 12, 2019
The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) honored Christopher Simmons, PhD, and his research team, with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Achievement Award for their work with biosolarization, a process that combines the sun’s heat with soil amendments to manage weeds and other soil-borne pests.

Pesticides

Pesticides are an essential part of farming, but many conventional pesticides pose a health risk for humans. WCAHS investigators are evaluating safer alternatives, such as biosolarization.

WCAHS Fall Symposium 2017

February 20, 2018
The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety met on October 26, 2017 at the UC Davis International Center for their Fall Symposium.

A Full House at WCAHS

November 28, 2017
Two vacant WCAHS administration positions were filled this fall with Fadi Fathallah, PhD, becoming the new WCAHS Associate Director and Christopher Simmons, PhD, becoming the new WCAHS Director of Research.

Fighting in the Dirt

November 30, 2016
Biosolarization simply means harvesting the power of biology (bio) plus the sun (sol) to kill pests. Add plastic and compost, and you are ready to roll.

Simmons Studies Alternative to Soil Fumigation

October 31, 2016

WCAHS welcomes new investigator Dr. Christopher Simmons to the research team. Simmons, an Assistant Professor in the UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology, will be conducting a study on biosolarization as an alternative technology to soil fumigation. Soil fumigants are used to kill nematodes, weeds, bacteria, fungi, and insects that damage crops. Here, he talks about his research.