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Current Projects
Seed Fund Recipients

2013 Seed fund recipients: Shrini Upadhyaya, Anita Oberbauer, Steve Zicari, Tom Shapland, Bob Coates

The following projects are currently being funded through the seed fund program. Recipients were awarded through an RFP process in Spring 2013 and Spring 2014. Proposals were reviewed by an external panel of reviewers. Review Committee members were free of conflicts (i.e., they are not, and have not, been engaged in collaborative research with any of the researchers or invested in any of the researchers’ projects). After external review, an internal review committee reviewed for final approval.

Spring 2013 Projects

The Spring 2013 projects include:

  • Wireless network for irrigation control and environmental monitoring.
  • Ag waste streams bio-processor for heath enhancing component recovery.
  • Adding value to the UC Davis Dairy Goat Program.
  • Surface renewal measurements of daily crop water use.
  • Monitoring and wireless communication system for surface irrigation.
  • Decentralized  bio-fuel processing from agricultural feedstock and waste.
  • Mobile irrigation adaptation.

Spring 2014 Projects

The Spring 2014 projects include:

  • Seedling tracer technology for agricultural robotic vision systems.
  • Desiccant drying technology for high-value seeds.
  • Sustainable stevia production and processing in California’s Central Valley.
  • Cultivation of a California based barley malting industry.
  • Rapid detection and prediction of failure in cheese production.
  • Biochar pelletization for safe and site specific soil remediation.
  • Bioprocessing method to recover value from dairy waste streams.
  • Novel value-added products from agricultural by-products.
  • web application targeted at reducing food waste.
  • Refining dairy whey streams into high value added biofuel co-products.
  • Sustainable approach to delivering nutrients and bioactives in processed foods.


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