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McDougal’s Research Featured in Local Media

Owen McDougal's Dairy Innovation Research Team
Owen McDougal’s Dairy Innovation Research Team. Top-left-back-row: Jared Seale, Priscila Santiago, Owen McDougal, Joseph Collins, Ajay Atkinson
Front-row-left-to-right: Samantha Robinette, Elizabeth Ryan, Rose Saxton, Madison Dirks, Olivia Brown

Dr. Owen McDougal was recently interviewed by Rachel Cohen, Boise State Public Radio, Jim Max of the Idaho Press,  and KTVB’s “The 208” newscast about wildfire smoke impact on Idaho’s potato crops.  McDougal recently established the Boise State Food and Dairy Innovation Center and is partnering with the University of Idaho’s Mike Thornton on the study.  In these articles, McDougal and his collaborators discuss reports that food producers are seeing crop yield impacts and the suspicion has landed on increased smoke due to prolonged fire seasons.  McDougal’s research group will perform chemical analysis on potatoes to examine metabolite changes within potatoes exposed to smoke and compare the results with control group potatoes.

The KTVB video can be seen at this link: https://www.ktvb.com/video/news/live_stream/the-208/277-12802486-1dae-4dae-96a2-2a55377ff0e8

The Boise State Public Radio story can be viewed here: https://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/news/2022-09-13/how-does-wildfire-smoke-affect-potatoes-idaho-researchers-are-studying-it

The Idaho Press article can be viewed here: https://www.idahopress.com/news/local/boise-state-u-of-i-to-study-wildfi re-smoke-s-impact-on-idahospotato- crops/article_6610b2c8-3391-11ed-a9a3-c7ab5daa2709.html

Field research on wildfire smoke impacts on potato crop yield.
Researchers from the University of Idaho and the Boise State Food and Dairy Innovation Center engaging in potato crop analysis.