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2011 ANR competitive grants program

ANR's 2011 competitive grants program will fund the 21 projects listed below for a total of roughly $4.46 million over 5 years. The purpose of this grants program, as outlined in the request for proposals, is to address the four strategic initiatives: Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases, Healthy Families and Communities, Sustainable Food Systems, and Sustainable Natural Ecosystems.

2011 ANR Competitive Grants - Funded

Proposal Name A Multi-Component, School-Based Approach to Supporting Regional Agriculture, Promoting Healthy Behaviors, and Reducing Childhood Obesity
Amount Awarded $ 599,616
Award Source ANR General Funds
Principal Investigators Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr - Principal Investigator
Collaborators Marilyn Briggs
Carol Chase
Susan Donohue
Lucrecia Farfan-Ramirez
Gail Feenstra
Carol Hillhouse
Carl Keen
Concepcion Mendoza
Yvonne Nicholson
Lenna Ontai
Martin Smith
Theresa Spezzano
Francene M. Steinberg
Heather Young
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Proposal Name Contributions of 4-H Participation to the Development of Social Capital
Amount Awarded $ 47,584
Award Source ANR General Funds
Principal Investigators Keith Nathaniel - Principal Investigator
Richard Enfield - Co PI
Vanessa Murua - Co PI
Collaborators Nancy Erbstein
Amy McGuire
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Proposal Name Creating a movement to reduce obesity: Transforming communities
Amount Awarded $ 599,768
Award Source ANR General Funds
Principal Investigators Patricia Crawford - Principal Investigator
Shannon Horrillo - Co PI
Marilyn Townsend - Co PI
Collaborators Mary Blackburn
Mandi Bottoms
Susan Donohue
Sharon Fleming
Mark Hudes
Margaret Johns
Cathi Lamp
Anna Martin
Concepcion Mendoza
Rita Mitchell
Marisa Neelon
Yvonne Nicholson
Lenna Ontai
Lorrene Ritchie
Brenda Roche Wolford
Theresa Spezzano
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Proposal Name Creek Carbon - Dynamics of Carbon and Nitrogen in Restored Mediterranean Riparian Zones
Amount Awarded $ 50,000
Award Source Prosser
Principal Investigators David Lewis - Principal Investigator
Morgan Doran - Co PI
Valerie Eviner - Co PI
John Harper - Co PI
Stephanie Larson - Co PI
Anthony O'Geen - Co PI
Kenneth Tate - Co PI
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Proposal Name Ecosystem Services Interpretative Trails and Curriculum- Interpreting the Value of Working Landscapes to the Public and Policy Makers
Amount Awarded $ 47,000
Award Source Kearney
Principal Investigators Sheila Barry - Principal Investigator
Stephanie Larson - Co PI
Collaborators Lynn Huntsinger
Shelley Murdock
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Proposal Name Effect of forest management on water yields and other ecosystem services in Sierra Nevada forests
Amount Awarded $ 599,978
Award Source Kearney
Principal Investigators Kevin O'Hara - Principal Investigator
John Battles - Co PI
William Stewart - Co PI
Collaborators Roger Bales
Susie Kocher
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Proposal Name Food Safety Training for Smaller Growers
Amount Awarded $ 47,566
Award Source Kearney
Principal Investigators Shermain Hardesty - Principal Investigator
Richard Molinar - Co PI
Collaborators Courtney Riggle
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Proposal Name Helping youth thrive: A randomized-controlled trial of a community-based positive youth development program.
Amount Awarded $ 598,583
Award Source ANR General Funds
Principal Investigators Kali Trzesniewski - Principal Investigator
Shannon Horrillo - Co PI
Vanessa Murua - Co PI
Nathanial Riggs - Co PI
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Proposal Name Increasing competitiveness of the California Dairy Industry through Genetic Selection
Amount Awarded $ 44,600
Award Source Kearney
Principal Investigators Anita Oberbauer - Principal Investigator
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Proposal Name Investigating the Impacts of Differing Levels of Frequency and Duration of Nonformal Science Programming on Youth Science Literacy
Amount Awarded $ 42,128
Award Source ANR General Funds
Principal Investigators Martin Smith - Principal Investigator
Vanessa Murua - Co PI
Lynn Schmitt-McQuitty - Co PI
Collaborators Ramona Carlos
Katherine Heck
Steven Worker
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Proposal Name Managing for multiple ecosystem services in working landscapes of Sacramento: Urban agriculture and soil lead contamination
Amount Awarded $ 600,000
Award Source Slosson and Kearney
Principal Investigators Mary Cadenasso - Principal Investigator
Bethany Cutts - Co PI
Jonathan London - Co PI
Vanessa Murua - Co PI
Kirsten Schwarz - Co PI
Collaborators Rafael Aguilera
Colin Bailey
Dave Fujino
Chuck Ingels
Charles Mason
Bob Erlenbusch / Sandra Hamameh
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Proposal Name Outreach and Extension Programs for Co-Management of Food Safety and Ecosystem Services in Fresh Produce
Amount Awarded $ 39,650
Award Source Prosser
Principal Investigators Mary Bianchi - Principal Investigator
Karen Lowell - Co PI
Collaborators JoAnn Baumgartner
Hank Giclas
Lisa Lurie
Jovita Pajarillo
Liz Spence
Daniel Mountjoy
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Proposal Name Proactive Chemical Ecology: Portable Instrumentation for Identifying Pheromones of Invasive Insect Pests
Amount Awarded $ 42,771
Award Source Kearney
Principal Investigators Jocelyn Millar - Principal Investigator
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Proposal Name Putting Youth on the Map: Youth Well-being and Vulnerability in California
Amount Awarded $ 50,000
Award Source ANR General Funds
Principal Investigators Jonathan London - Principal Investigator
Nancy Erbstein - Co PI
Estella Geraghty - Co PI
Collaborators David Ginsburg
Charles Go
Anna Martin
Fe Moncloa
Constance Schneider
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Proposal Name Risk Assessment, Economic analysis, and Extension Education for Asian Citrus Psyllid and Huanglongbing Disease Management in California
Amount Awarded $ 470,643
Award Source Kearney
Principal Investigators Elizabeth Grafton-Cardwell - Principal Investigator
Matthew Daugherty - Co PI
Karen Jetter - Co PI
Kris Lynn-Patterson - Co PI
Collaborators Nick Hill
Susan McCarthy
MaryLou Polek
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Proposal Name Root-knot nematode species identification using mitochondrial DNA
Amount Awarded $ 50,000
Award Source Kearney
Principal Investigators Valerie Williamson - Principal Investigator
Steven Nadler - Co PI
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Proposal Name Strategic Postharvest Handling Systems for Sustainable California Agriculture: Emerging Technologies for Produce Quality and Food Safety
Amount Awarded $ 18,814
Award Source Kearney
Principal Investigators Carlos Crisosto - Principal Investigator
Elizabeth Mitcham - Co PI
Collaborators Pam Devine
Mary Reed
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Proposal Name Thousand cankers disease and the walnut twig beetle: A rapidly emerging invasive threat to walnut in California
Amount Awarded $ 296,665
Award Source Kearney
Principal Investigators Richard Bostock - Principal Investigator
Steven Seybold - Co PI
Collaborators Carolyn DeBuse
Elizabeth Fichtner
Mary Louise Flint
Janine Hasey
Richard Hoenisch
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Thousand cankers disease (TCD) is an emerging disease responsible for serious decline and death of ornamental eastern black walnut (J. nigra) in Colorado and other western states, and J. californica and J. hindsii in California. In July 2010 TCD was reported for the first time in the native range of eastern black walnut, where both the walnut twig beetle vector (Pityophthorus juglandis, WTB) and the fungal pathogen (Geosmithia morbida) were identified in symptomatic trees near Knoxville, Tennessee. There is great concern over the further spread of TCD throughout the native range of J. nigra, and uncertainty about the potential impact on Juglans species of agricultural and ecological importance in the western U.S. as well. Both the pathogen and beetle vector were identified in July 2008 from symptomatic J. californica, J. hindsii, and J. regia, and more recently from J. major,within the National Clonal Germplasm Repository’s (NCGR) Juglans collection at Winters, CA. We have also identified TCD frequently in native and ornamental stands of J. californica and J. hindsii, in black walnut seed trees for rootstock production, and in commercial orchards in both English scions and Paradox rootstocks in the heart of the California walnut industry, which generates nearly three quarters of a billion dollars in annual sales.
Given the concerns expressed by regulatory officials, scientists, land managers, and other stakeholders, there is a need to consider other pathways of spread at both local and regional levels, as well as the management and regulatory implications. Also unclear is the variation in the population of G. morbida as there may be local or regional differences among isolates in virulence and, possibly, other fungal species that contribute to TCD symptom severity. Because the initiation of G. morbida infection beneath the bark is completely dependent on the activity of WTB as a vector, it will be necessary to understand the degree to which WTB discriminates among its potential hosts and their condition in the lab and in the field. Thus, research on the etiology, epidemiology, and management of TCD, as well as the relative resistance or susceptibility of Juglans species under California conditions is critically important and urgent.
With this background, we propose to i) evaluate Juglans species susceptibility to TCD under field conditions, ii) evaluate the influence of bark moisture status and other stressors on host susceptibility to G. morbida and WTB host selection, and iii) assess disease and vector distribution in orchards and the diversity of California isolates of G. morbida. The anticipated outcomes of this research are a clear assessment of the susceptibility to TCD of Juglans species important to walnut breeding, rootstock production, and the walnut nut production industry; an understanding of stress factors that may influence host selection by WTB and symptom severity of TCD; and the distribution pattern of TCD in California orchards for understanding disease risk in relation to potential vector/inoculum sources.
This integrative research project will coordinate expertise in plant pathology, entomology and crop management and genetics, and will support science-based decision-making to inform regulatory policy and ongoing outreach and education efforts by UCCE Farm Advisors (collaborators listed above), the UC Statewide IPM Program, and the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN). The NPDN, an award-winning program funded by the USDA-NIFA, has developed training modules on TCD in English and Spanish to reach diverse audiences that includes stakeholders, growers, and crop advisors as part of a first detector training program. The proposed project will leverage resources from the USDA (NPDN, USDA FS and the Plant Germplasm and Genomes program), and possibly other sources.
 
 
 
 

Proposal Name Train the Trainer in Edible Landscaping for Industry Professionals and Master Gardeners
Amount Awarded $ 117,429
Award Source Slosson
Principal Investigators Missy Gable - Principal Investigator
Mary Bianchi - Co PI
Melanie Caruso - Co PI
Amanda Crump - Co PI
Dave Fujino - Co PI
Pamela Geisel - Co PI
Linda Harris - Co PI
Janet Hartin - Co PI
Chuck Ingels - Co PI
Dave Krause - Co PI
Vanessa Murua - Co PI
Scott Oneto - Co PI
Dennis Pittenger - Co PI
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Proposal Name Understanding and controlling invasions: comparing plant-soil feedbacks of invasive annual grasses in California with their Mediterranean origins
Amount Awarded $ 50,000
Award Source Kearney
Principal Investigators Edith Allen - Principal Investigator
Michael Allen - Co PI
Norman Ellstrand - Co PI
Collaborators Carl Bell
Robert Blank
Greg Douhan
Chris McDonald
Brian Rector
Richard Redak
Rene Sforza
Katia Silvera
JASON STAJICH
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Proposal Name Wild Native Bees Attracted to Constructed Diverse Agro Ecosystems for Pollination Services
Amount Awarded $ 49,924
Award Source Kearney
Principal Investigators Gordon Frankie - Principal Investigator
Vanessa Murua - Co PI
Collaborators Alyson Aquino
Janet Caprile
Alfred Courchesne
Rachel Elkins
Ron Enos
Patrick Johnston
Kritstie Knoll
Marissa Ponder
Robbin Thorp
Peter Wolfe
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