Location: Water Management Research
Project Number: 2034-21500-001-003-A
Project Type: Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Nov 1, 2022
End Date: Jan 31, 2025
To support California State University-Fresno conduct non-destructive evaluation of root growth, architecture characterization and potential interaction between almond and alfalfa roots in almond–alfalfa intercropping systems in field research trial at University of California-Agriculture and Natural Resources Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center (UC-ANR KARE) using the proposed experimental design, with and without intercropped alfalfa using GPR scanning and image data analysis technique.
California State University-Fresno will determine if irrigation water supplied to alfalfa promotes almond trees to develop deeper and more robust root systems. To achieve this, non-destructive evaluation of root growth, architecture characterization, and potential interaction between almond and alfalfa roots in almond–alfalfa intercropping condition will be conducted. Co-PIs will also conduct field preparation for GPR scanning, data collection by GPR scanning for four different scenarios for two years, data analysis, result interpretation, report writing and disseminating project outcomes at field days and conferences.