Dr. Akanksha Garg will join our group as a postdoctoral research scholar in January 2020.
Amninder was awarded for his proposal entitled "Using Smart Irrigation Technologies to Optimize Recycled Water Application for Turfgrass Irrigation to Conserve Water, Maintain Turf Quality, and Sustain Soil Health". Throughout his research, he will be also exploring the suitability of smart irrigation controllers to automatically implement irrigation best management practices when recycled water is used for irrigation. Use of smart irrigation controllers has demonstrated significant reductions in the use of water for irrigating landscapes in normal to humid weather conditions, where the primary focus is to prevent the over application of water when there has been a rainfall. On the other hand, research regarding the use of smart irrigation controllers in dry weather conditions like in southern California is lacking, where the objective is rather to apply minimum irrigation water while maintaining an acceptable quality of landscape.