Laboratory for Irrigation Water Protection

irrigationThe Laboratory for Irrigation Water Protection is managed by Dr. Chris Yost and is currently under construction in the new lab building. The main goal of the research conducted in the lab is to protect irrigation water from fecal contamination. The pollution of irrigation water by fecal material can have lethal consequences when food is contaminated by microbial pathogens found in the irrigation water. Our ability to identify and eliminate fecal contamination, now and in the future, is essential to ensure that fresh produce remains free of microbial threats. The lab is equipped with advanced molecular instrumentation and is actively engaged in research to develop new strategies to track fecal contamination in irrigation water and ultimately prevent future contamination events. The lab also routinely monitors levels of fecal contamination in irrigation water samples, and will work with producers to quantify the microbial quality of their irrigation water.