Monthly Archives: May 2011

Senior Project

Posted by: Laura

My internship had ended months ago, but I still kept in contact with my former supervisor well into fall quarter. We had to coordinate harvest dates so that I could drive to the valley to harvest my experimental trees for my senior project.

I went through several senior project topics and partners before I was fortunate enough to have a project at work that caught my attention. My project was about how photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) influenced ‘Wonderful’ pomegranate yield on a single tree basis. I took all of the PAR readings with a ceptometer (pretty much…quantified how much light the trees are intercepting and can use for photosynthesis) over the summer, so I only needed the yield portion of my data. Here are a few pictures of how my project was set up for one tree:

Pomegranates are harvested by hand so I spent a Saturday twisting, clipping and occasionally dropping pomegranates off of the six trees. Of course, after a summer of triple digit heat, it rained during parts of my harvest day. With the help of a field worker, all of the trees were harvested in a day and run through a Compac fruit sorting machine to sort diameter size. I finally had all the data I needed to finish my analysis and write up! Senior project? Check.

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Snakes in Class?

Posted by: Juan

What’s up, everyone…

Last time I blogged was my brief introduction & talked about how I was going to playoffs in intramural soccer. My team ended up winning the first game, but then lost the semi finals game due to not everyone showing up. We only played with 6 players out of 9. So we were at a big disadvantage & ended up losing 3-1. This week we ended up having a treat in my Vertebrate & Pest Management class by having a professor from biology giving a lecture on rattlesnakes & actually bringing in a live rattlesnake to class. This was my first time seeing a rattlesnake in real life. I was very surprised how loud the rattle was. Everyone in the class jumped & was amazed at the size & loudness of the rattle.  We were able to pet & touch the snake due to a graduate student putting it in a double clear tube that prevented it from turning & striking us.  The skin felt rough & rugged, not soft at all. The professor talked & debunked myths about snakes. Last 2 weeks of quarter then on to spring quarter. Let’s see how it goes–for sure I’ll keep you posted.