2007 OCIA R&E Scholarship Recipient
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Awards - OCIA Research & Education Scholarships
Allison JackAllison Jack a graduate student at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, was selected as the recipient of the 2007 Organic Crop Improvement Association Research & Education (OCIA R&E) Scholarship. Allison will use the $1,000 award towards research on her project entitled, “Vermicompost suppression of Pythium damping off in cucumber and pea.” The study aims to identify and describe the biological organisms found in vermicompost that are responsible for preventing seedling damping off disease.

“The project is one step in furthering our knowledge of the biological mechanisms behind compost-mediated disease suppression. My goal is that, in the future, organic growers will have access to consistently suppressive compost amendments. This will increase efficiency in greenhouse and field crop production, increase overall soil health by creating more incentives to use compost amendments and build valuable markets for recycled organic waste,” said Jack. of the impacts of organic management practices on ecosystems. In the past she studied human pathogens in compost teas, and potting mix amendments for organic tomato production.

Jack said, “I believe agricultural scientists can be effective in facilitating dialogue about sustainable agriculture in universities. I am pursuing a minor in Adult and Extension Education so that I can more effectively work in the greater community of agricultural professionals.”

“I think that we (the Board) can be confident that Allison Jack is a deserving candidate who has the potential to have a positive impact on organic production and who will effectively communicate the results of the research,” said Brenda Frick, Chair of the OCIA R&E Board of Directors.

2007 OCIA R&E Scholarship Finalists

The OCIA Research and Education Board thanks all applicants for applying and for their interest in organic agriculture. The applications were screened down to a short list of three highly qualified candidates with excellent research projects. The Board would have been proud to support any of these projects. The two applicants deserving recognition with their project titles are listed below:

Doug Collins: “Soil community structure, function, and spatial variation: Effects of edaphic properties and agroecosystem”.

Emily Vollmer: “Cover crop mulches for no till organic onion production”.