Phone (office): 479-530-6182
Address: 1012 W. Ventura Blvd. Camarillo, CA 93001
Dr. Bozzolo received her PhD in Viticulture and Enology with a thesis on the effect of compost application in the vineyard and its influence on soil characteristics, and vegeto-productive behavior of grapevine. She earned her master’s degree with a thesis on Bactocera Oleae G. and fruit flies’ management on olive trees, and a bachelor’s degree with a thesis titled ‘The kinetics of uptake and nitrate reductase activity in Lactuca sativa L.: effects of different fertilizers and application methods’, at the University of Padova Italy.
Before joining the Rodale Institute, Dr. Bozzolo worked with the grape and wine industry in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to that appointment she worked as assistant research professor and viticulture program leader at the University of Missouri and as research scholar at the Horticulture Department at the University of Arkansas.
Dr. Bozzolo is the director of the research department at Rodale Institute California Organic Center and her research focuses on agricultural profitability and environmental sustainability including developing agricultural systems that maintain high productivity in an environmentally sustainable manner and studying the impacts of global change on the conservation and management of natural resources. More in details Dr. Bozzolo is focusing her research on weed management and control in horticultural systems, recognized as one of the main challenges faced by growers. For instance, extensive use of plastic mulches in food production systems has created massive concerns about the long-term sustainability of using this input. Bozzolo’s research aim to find more effective yet environmentally friendly alternatives for plastic mulches to facilitate weed management in organic and conventional production systems. Moreover, while conventional farms seek methods to reduce dependence on chemical weed controls, organic farms seek methods to reduce tillage while still managing weeds. Tillage can increase crop yields, yet tillage negatively impacts soil health and threatens long-term food production. Regenerative organic farming systems that include reduced tillage combined with the use of cover crops can increase the health of the soil through enhancing SOC and SOM and improving soil biological activities. These practices in time improve crop yields resulting in greater amount of crop residue input that further boost SOM build up. Bozzolo is looking into addresses the challenges for small and large organic and conventional farmers who want to incorporate greater use of soil organic matter preserving and nutrient enriching cover crops in their no-till rotation, without plastic or herbicide use.