Biosolarization

Sustainable Alternatives to Pesticides

Soil fumigants are a class of pesticides used to control soil-borne pests, such as nematodes and pathogens, and are commonly applied in the fall after harvest or in the spring as a pre-plant soil preparation in a number of major California specialty crops. However, many conventional and widely used soil fumigants, such as chloropicrin and 1,3-dichloropropene, have been identified as toxic and/or possibly carcinogenic.

A Look Back at 2019

WCAHS looks back at Research and Outreach activities for 2019.

Christopher Simmons Honored by Department of Pesticide Regulation

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

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

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.