Location: Water Management Research
Project Number: 2034-13000-011-30-A
Project Type: General Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Oct 1, 2012
End Date: Apr 30, 2015
1) Determine the recovery of microbial community structure after fumigation with time. 2) Examine the effect of fumigants on both target and non-target organisims in soil. 3) Compare these non-target organisms in fumigated vs. non-fumigated control sites.
Soil samples will be collected from different aged fumigated sites from calla lily field in Moss Landing, CA. Fumigated sites ranging in age approximately from few months to 30 years, will be selected. Non-fumigated fields will be used as a control. From each site, four transects will be identified and from each transect, soil samples will be collected from 4 different locations and 2 depths (0-5 cm and 5-15 cm). Phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA) analysis will be used to study the microbial community structure recovery for non-target organisms. Determination of Fusarium oxysporum and Pythium spp. populations will be done using dilution plating on Komada’s and P5ARP medium respectively.