Plant Science Research


Understanding  plant community’s responses to grazing after fire in rangeland recovery and cheatgrass management.

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Tamzen Stringham
Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Veterinary Sciences
Start Date: 7-01-2013

running models on landscape

The long-term goal of this project is create a novel biofuel feedstock production platform with increased energy density within vegetative tissues that is capable of producing biodiesel, renewable diesel, or jet fuel with only 20% the water inputs required for traditional biofuel feedstocks.

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John Cushman
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Start Date: 7-01-2012

Dr. Cushman inspecting prickly pear cactus

Although water resources are limited and temperature swings are extreme, Nevada does have an abundance of clear, cloudless days provide copious sunlight and energy for plant growth. This project looks to improve fruit and vegetable production through research and outreach, utilizing hoop houses, greenhouses and hydroponics.

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Stanley T. Omaye
Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Veterinary Sciences
Start Date: 7-01-2012

Bio-beads used as alternative to soil.

This project seeks to transfer hydrocarbon producing enzymes from insects into a plant system that can then be used as a biofuel crop in Nevada.

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Jeff Harper
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Start Date: 10-01-2012

biofuel

Water and nutrient deficits decrease a tomato root hydraulic conductivity (i.e., increase resistance) and can affect water uptake, resulting in daily transient plant water deficits and reduced carbon assimilation capacity. The goal is to understand how the interaction of plant nutritional status and water availability affects young root development and physiology under drying soil and upon re-watering.

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Felipe Barrios Masias
Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Veterinary Sciences
Start Date: 7-01-2016

Tomato bloom

This project evaluates critical components of hoophouse versus field-grown vegetable production in Nevada’s high desert environments and then provide agricultural researchers, educators, and producers with information needed to improve the sustainability and quality of hoophouse vegetable production. 

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Robert Nowak
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Start Date: 9-01-2013

hoophouse on VRFL

This research has the potential to make transformational improvements in our understanding of Sierra Nevada biogeochemistry while also connecting citizens to regional meadows and forests that supply water, forest products, and cattle. Improving our understanding of the amount of carbon contained in different ecosystem pools, and the rates of greenhouse gas emissions from the soil, will assist in future management and restoration of meadows.

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Benjamin Sullivan
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Start Date: 6-01-2016

citizen scientist helping with research

Wine grow well in arid and semi-arid environments. This is particularly relevant in a dry state like Nevada. A long-term goal of our research is to develop improved strategies for enhancing drought resistance mechanisms in wine grapes.

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Grant Cramer
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Start Date: 7-01-2009

Wine grapes grown in Nevada