Delta Science Center News & Notes
AFRI Research Project 2014 season begins this month
The Delta Science Center's AFRI committee began work on the 2014 environmental-agriculture study on Jersey Island this month. AFRI is a grant program that allows high school students to work on a similar study that is being completed by UC Davis and UC Berkeley grad students and professors. The study takes place on a Delta island, using natural peat soil.
Students begin by grow a crop of rice at the Learning Lab in a green house. The rice is later transplanted into a main field on the Learning Lab property. Once in the main field the soil, water and air around the rice are then tested by the students to see the changes in the land and air because rice has been planted. The main hypothesis of the study is by planting rice in the peat soil can greenhouse gas be reduced and can Delta island subsidence be reduced. The students are also conducted a separate study of adding additional nitrogen to the soil add any changes to the rice crop.
The Delta Science Center Summer Science Club will be conducting the experiments involved in the program. High School students from Liberty High School, Freedom High School and Antioch High School are welcome to get involved in the Club. The Club starts June 25 at 11 am at Big Break Regional Shoreline Park. Meeting dates to be determined by the Club and some meetings will be at BBRSP and other at the Jersey Island Learning Lab. To sign up for the Club contact the DSC at email@example.com.