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Current Projects
Seed Fund Recipients

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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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Juliana Nobrega: Extracting Food from Agricultural Waste Streams

Juliana Maria Leite Nobrega de Moura Bell is an expert in membrane filtration and a project scientist at the Advanced Milk Processing Lab, located in the university’s Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. She holds a Ph.D. in food processing from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), São Paulo, Brazil, and completed her doctoral training in France at the European Institute of Membrane and Agricultural Research for Development.

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Lessons in Sustainable Food Animal Production

Anita Oberbauer’s father was a rancher, and he nurtured her interest in livestock when she was growing up. She earned a BS at UC Davis and then moved east to Cornell University for her PhD emphasizing food animal growth and development. These experiences instilled in her a deep abiding affinity for animal agriculture that is sustainable from environmental, economic and social perspectives.

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The Promise of Precision Irrigation

Bob Coates completed his bachelor’s degree in biological and agricultural engineering at UC Davis. For his senior design project, he designed and tested a system to monitor individual cow feeding habits at the university’s dairy.

“This was the start of my interest in precision agriculture,” he says. “I completed a master’s degree with Professor Michael Delwiche at UC Davis by exploring ideas for precision irrigation in orchards.”

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Measure by Measure

As a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Viticulture & Enology, Tom Shapland’s project on surface renewal measurements of daily crop water use was funded through SATIC’s prototype seed fund program. Today Shapland is co-founder and CEO of Tule Technologies Inc., which is developing a sensor-based monitoring system that allows growers to use water more efficiently when irrigating their fields.This interview was conducted in 2013, while Shapland was at UC Davis.

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