Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2021

346  The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley  (84642)

Principal Investigator: Soti, Pushpa

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 20,000

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): No

Start and End Dates: 4/1/20 - 3/30/22

Restricted Research: YES

Academic Discipline: N/A

Department, Center, School, or Institute: Biology

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program 2019

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: University of Georgia

Program Title: N/A
CFDA Linked: Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education


Goal of this project is to maintain permanent insectary strips or field margins which not only provide pest management service but also serve as wind breaks and refuge for soil organisms during the summer period where the field interiors are generally bare fallow. We propose diversifying the field margins with south Texas native plants to maintain and promote soil health along with insect pest management. With the increasing cost of managing insect pests, small scale organic growers in this region have shown an interest in maintaining insectary strips with native plant species which require minimum resources for maintenance, and played a important role in development of insectary strip pilot study in the Fall and Spring of 2019. The preliminary results have indicated the pest management benefits of insectary strips but the soil health benefits remains largely unexplored, which informed the experimental design of this proposed research along with the farmers willingness to add diverse groups of native plant species.

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