Research Director, Rodale Institute California Organic Center

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.

Select Publications

  • Bozzolo, A., Thomas, A. L., Harris, J. L., Liu, C., Kwasniewski, M., & Striegler, R. K. 2023. Performance of ‘Chambourcin’ Winegrape on 10 Different Root Systems in Southern Missouri, USA, HortTechnology, 33(3), 253-261.
  • Matthew Maimaitiyiming, Abduwasit Ghulam, Arianna Bozzolo, Joseph L. Wilkins, Misha T. Kwasniewski, 2017. Early Detection of Plant Physiological Responses to Different Levels of Water Stress Using Reflectance Spectroscopy. Remote Sensing 9(7): 745.
  • Bozzolo A., Pizzeghello D., Cardinali A,  Francioso O., Nardi S., 2017. Effects of moderate and high rates of biochar and compost on grapevine growth in a greenhouse experiment, AIMS Agriculture and Food, 2017, 2(1): 113-128. doi: 10.3934/agrfood.2017.1.113
  • Weber T. and Bozzolo A., 2016. Effect of Various Levels of Biochar and Compost on Growth of Valvin Muscat Grapevines in a Controlled Environment​. In Proceedings of the 68th ASEV National Conference ASEV, Monterey, CA.
  • Bozzolo A., Harris J., Kwasniewski M. 2015. Rootstocks Impacts on Vine Performance and Fruit Composition of ‘Chambourcin’ Grapes. Publications et Actualités Vitivinicoles journal (PAV).
  • Bozzolo A., Harris J., Kwasniewski M. 2015. Rootstock/Irrigation Interactions and Their Effect on Vine Water Status, Yield and Wine Quality Parameters. In Proceedings of the ASEV 50th Annual Meeting, Austin, TX.
  • Bozzolo A. 2013. Post-harvest practices in the vineyard. Vineyard Management Workshop, October 29th. Columbia mo.
  • Bozzolo A. Irrigation management in the vineyard. preliminary results of the effect of irrigation management and rootstocks on chambourcin. the III annual research viticulture symposium.  November 29th 2013. Columbia mo
  • Bozzolo, A., & Evans M.R., 2013. Efficacy of Cork Granulates as a Top Coat Substrate
    Component for Seed Germination as Compared to Vermiculite. Horttechnology, 23(1),
  • Bozzolo A., Ponchia G., Evans M.R., 2012. Germination and Growth of Seedlings in Peat-Based Substrates Processed Dairy Manure Solids. Proc. XXVIIIth IHC – IS on Adv. in Ornamentals, Landscape & Urban Hort. Ed.: G. Groening. Acta Hort. 937.
  • Ponchia, G., Bozzolo, A., Tateo, F. and Concheri, G. 2012. Compost Application in the Vineyard and its influence on Soil Characteristics, Vegetative and Productive Behavior Of Grapevine. Acta Hort. (ISHS) 938:437-444
  • Bozzolo A., Evans M., Ponchia G., 2010 – Germination and Growth of Seedlings in Peat-based Substrates Amended with Nature’s Natural Dairy Manure Product. Proceeding of the International Society for Horticulture Science. Lisbon, Portugal. Abst.S09.317.
  • Ponchia G., Bozzolo A., Concheri G., Tateo F., 2010 –  Compost Application in the Vineyard and its Influence on Soil Characteristics, Vegetative and Productive Behaviour of Grapevine In: 28th International Horticultural Congress: Abstracts Vol. I p. 282
  • Bozzolo A., Concheri G., Ponchia G., 2010 – Risultati preliminari dell’effetto esercitato dall’apporto di compost nei suoli vitati. Atti II Convegno Nazionale di Viticoltura, Marsala 14-19 luglio 2008. Italus Hortus 17 (Suppl. N.3):197-204; ISSN: 1127-3496
  • Bozzolo A., Ponchia G., Concheri G., 2009 –  Utilizzo di compost in vigneti messi a dimora su suoli sbancati: caratteri funzionali del suolo e risposta produttiva delle viti. In Atti VIII Convegno Nazionale della Sezione Italiana dell’International Humic Substances Society. Padova 14-16 dicembre.  84-86
  • Bozzolo A., Causin R., 2009 – L’irrigazione sottochioma della vite non complica la difesa. L’Informatore Agrario, Supplemento Vigneto e Frutteto 26: 4-7
  • Bozzolo A., Concheri G., Ponchia G., 2008. Evoluzione della sostanza organica nei suoli vitati: risultati preliminari dell’apporto di compost. XXVI Convegno Sica 2008, Atti XXVI Convegno Sica 2008, 30 settembre – 3 ottobre 2008, Palermo, p.73-75

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