Tate Lone, Ph.D.
Food Science and Technology
B. S. Biochemistry, Minor in Biology from California State University, Long Beach
Onion processing creates a large waste stream, leaving behind about 40% waste by mass. Some food waste residues have been used as successful solarization amendments that stimulate conditions suitable for soil disinfestation; this biosolarization technique can be utilized to reduce and replace fumigation. Tate is utilizing onion waste as a biosolarization amendment in order to reincorporate and valorize this food waste stream while eliminating the need for fumigation during the soil treatment process. Tate plans to continue focusing her research on developing and improving responsibly sourced agricultural practices.