|Jon C. Phillips|
The campus community is invited to attend the annual John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies Faculty Fellowship Seminars on May 24 and May 31 from noon until 1 p.m. at the College of Environmental Design Gallery.
The seminars will discuss biodiesel innovations by Hossein Ahmadzadeh on May 24 and regional agricultural research by Jon C. Phillips on May 31.
For nearly five months, Phillips has assessed the feasibility of high-value agricultural production within San Bernardino County's High Desert, particularly along the Cajon Pass near Silverwood Lake.
Inland Empire communities are experiencing significant urban development pressure. However, Phillips has found that alternative uses, such as agricultural production may be possible. Particularly high-value crop production, such as certified organic products and biodynamic production could take root in the desert areas.
The study evaluates agro-ecological resources, labor supply, institutional and physical infrastructure, access to markets and supporting industries and capital resources. Special attention is also paid to the infrastructure for marketing produce locally through roadside stands, farmers markets and community supported agriculture.
“The study may provide local residents with the opportunity to start or expand an agricultural enterprise,” said Phillips.
On May 24, university chemist Hossein Ahmadzadeh will share his expertise about biodiesel production. The seminar will cover the topic of fatty acid analysis in biodiesel fuel, a common alternative to petroleum-based diesel.
Ahmadzadeh has developed two analysis techniques called High Performance Liquid Chromatography and Capillary Electrophoresis. If successful, these innovations in testing may allow for expansion of high-quality biodiesel production.
In 2004, Cal Poly Pomona's John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies created the fellowship program to highlight the research of university faculty members.
“The program fosters the research component of the center's mission, which is to advance the understanding of environmental sustainability,” said Kyle Brown, program founder and director of the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies.