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Agricultural Researcher

Initially this job is focused on completing an agroecological data set, focusing on the botanical characteristics of certain plants. The ideal candidate will have research experience and is an independent problem solver. After the completion of the data set, the job will revolve around analyzing this data, and dependent on the research interests or strengths, further research will be done in a certain area, building upon this foundational data set. Future research could be in any of the following fields of agriculture: Horticulture, Plant Physiology, Plant Pathology, Ecology of Disease and Pests, and Soil Fertility.Success in this endeavor is dependent on independence and flexibility, and the work structure is dependent on that. Plant List:Find pictures and present them in an appropriate manner.Find growing conditions.        Water requirements (dry-mesic etc.) and put that into liters with known water holding capacity of the soil (may need to calculate that themselves)Shade toleranceHeat toleranceIdeal planting time (relative to soil and atmospheric temperatures)Soil pH and nutrient requirements, both macro and micronutrientsCanopy/spread (space requirement+ shade creation in understory).Propagation method- cutting, grafting, seeds.Time to fruiting/productive years.Length of productive yearsMethod of regeneration and maintenanceIdeal pruning method for tree/shrub in our climatePests and diseasesBiological remedies (bacterial or fungi species)Cultural practices for avoidanceNatural predatorsLiving conditions for parasitoid/predatory insect etc.Life cycle of pest/diseaseSourcing and procurement of plant material (seeds/grafts etc.)

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