WATSONVILLE — Dr. Joji Muramoto recently joined Farm Fuel part-time as senior researcher/consultant to conduct research improving the efficiency of mustard seed meal and ASD applications and products. He is also available as a field consultant to Farm Fuel clients. He has been working on the Central Coast for the past 20 years.


With degrees in soil science and agricultural chemistry from the Tokyo University of Agriculture in Japan, Dr. Muramoto has extensive experience in research on soil fertility and soil-borne disease management in vegetable production and organic strawberries.

He is a well-known speaker at local farmer education events and can often be found in the field setting up trials and recording data.

He also works for the Department of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz as an associate researcher (Soil Science and Agroecology). Current research projects include optimizing anaerobic soil disinfestation (ASD) in California strawberries, a collaborative research and extension network for sustainable organic production systems in coastal California, and immobilizing mineralized nitrogen from cole crop residues using organic amendments.

Dr. Muramoto is available as part of the Farm Fuel team to assist growers who want to make their farming operations more sustainable. He can be reached at [email protected] or 831-763-3950.

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