NIFA Award to Debbie Inglis’s team
Congratulations are due to Debbie Inglis, whose team just received a ‘NIFA Partnership Award for Innovative Programs and Projects’ from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Debbie leads the Biodegradable Mulches for Specialty Crops Produced Under Protective Covers project along with Co-PD Carol Miles (Horticulture Dept.) who is also stationed at the Mount Vernon REC. There are several hundred thousand acres of crops grown under plastic in the US to control weeds, conserve soil moisture, increase crop yields, modify soil temperature, and shorten the time to harvest. Production and disposal of the plastic creates significant environmental challenges and development, testing and adoption of alternatives is the focus of the project. The transdisciplinary project team includes scientists specializing in Biological Systems Engineering, Economics, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Sociology, Soils and Textiles Science, from six institutions in several states. Conception, design and management of these large multidisciplinary projects that include research, extension and outreach requires amazing efforts from faculty members, and we are thrilled to see the success of the project acknowledged by the primary USDA funding agency. This is an exceptional example of what we are trying to achieve in our research and extension efforts at WSU.
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Inglis and Miles accept award from Undersecretary Woteki: