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2014 New Call for Positions

2014 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.

Position Details

100 Orchard Systems Ecology Specialist

Proposed Location/Housing

Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, with an appointment in the Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage

California - statewide, with emphasis in San Joaquin Valley


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The tree crop industry is so big and so diverse that we need three of these positions. These positions would get good support from the Farm Advisors who would be anxious to work with them. We need to change the growing systems in CA to make them less labor intensive and more resilient.
Posted Jul 16, 2014 3:23 PM by Maxwell Norton
This position is critically important to support Pomology Advisors and the huge tree fruit and nut industry in California. There are a myriad of problems this specialist could work on, particularly integrating engineering with orchard design and understanding the factors for fruit and nut quality. With the retirement of Scott Johnson and others, we have few orchard systems specialists to help solve fundamental pomology problems and answer questions related to varieties, rootstocks, orchard design, nutrition. this position would work well with orchard IPM specialists.
Posted Jul 18, 2014 5:30 PM by Lynn Wunderlich
The California Tree Nut Research & Extension Planning Group, representing the almond, walnut and pistachio industries, supports this proposed 100 Orchard Systems Ecology Specialist position to be located at Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center. The Central Valley and the San Joaquin Valley in particular is undergoing dramatic changes due to restricted water availability, conversion of row crops to permanent crops including tree nuts and grapes, and increasing urbanization. The expansion of tree nut acreage brings each tree nut into closer proximity, altering the inter-orchard environment and creating additional habitat for a number of pests and diseases. Short and long-term climate change is affecting dormancy, chill accumulation, and orchard development. Coupled with the introduction of new pests and diseases including light brown apple moth, HLB, brown marmorated stink bug and the expected arrival of plum pox, these changes will require considerable research and extension activity in orchard ecology. This ecological emphasis is not directly addressed in any current extension specialist position.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 4:05 PM by Bob Klein

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