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Graduate Student Research Funding | 2018 - 2019 Academic Year

Coupled Effects of Climate and Soil Arsenic on Rice Yield and Quality in China

More than half of the world’s population relies on rice as a staple. However, in South and Southeast Asia, native soil arsenic coupled with arsenic-laden irrigation water impedes rice production and jeopardizes grain quality. Arsenic may combine with increasing temperature and act as coupled stressors and compromise food security worldwide. This project aims to: quantify the effect of climate and soil arsenic on rice yield and quality; develop the first soil arsenic contamination module for conventional rice yield models; and develop a new cost-effective method to pinpoint locations with soil heavy metal(loid) contamination from remotely-sensed datasets.

Tianmei Wang, Department of Earth System Science

Tianmei Wang

Tianmei Wang is a PhD student in the Department of Earth System Science. She is broadly interested in the plant-soil-microbe interactions and sustainable agriculture with an emphasis on improving yield and mitigating toxins accumulation under a changing climate. Wang’s current research focuses on quantifying the impact of climate change and soil contamination on rice production and aims to find ways to improve crop yield and mitigate arsenic contents in grains. Wang received her BS degree in environmental engineering and science from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and her MSc in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University.

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