Environ. Horticulture, Pears, Cherries, and Viticulture
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Environ. Horticulture, Pears, Cherries, and Viticulture

The End of an Era

I had lunch last week with Steve Tjosvold and Steven Koike last week to mark Steve K's leaving UC Cooperative Extension after 28 years of service.  It's been a huge run, and his innumerable contributions to plant pathology have been of great benefit not only to science , but also Central Coast agriculture and beyond.  He'll be moving on to Trical, and I look forward to continuing my work with him there.

For those of you who are happy with my research and extension program in berries, you have just Steven Koike to thank. I met him first as a graduate student touring the vegetable industry, and then continued to interact later on as a researcher in private industry.  Steve's leadership, commitment to the industry, the depth and breadth of his knowledge accompanied by a first class program of extension delivery impressed me deeply and I resolved to get a job in this organization.  As luck would have it, a few years later, I got one and have been loving it ever since.


Thank you Steve!

Lunch with two greats of UCCE to mark Steven Koike's 28 years of service.
Lunch with two greats of UCCE to mark Steven Koike's 28 years of service.

Posted on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 7:34 AM
Tags: Steve Tjosvold (1), Steven Koike (2), Trical (1)


Best wishes and many thanks to Steve. He provided fact based research and advice. He helped debunk myths as well. Good job, Steve.

Posted by Thomas Flewell on December 27, 2017 at 8:48 AM

Steve is a giant in the UCCE and has left a tremendous legacy! I met him in 1994 when I joined UCCE for a brief 3-year stint in Imperial Valley. Steve was a great mentor and stayed in touch all these years. Hard to imagine this industry without him, but glad to know that he will continue in a similar role with TriCal.

Posted by Gerald Holmes on January 2, 2018 at 12:53 PM

Thanks for your comments the both of you. Gerald, to your point on Steve continuing at Trical I believe it will be a big positive for those of us in the berry industry as we continue our struggle to manage soil pathogens post methyl bromide. Steve will become part of a first class team of well equipped scientists, who know how to work hard and deliver results. I'm already working a lot with them now, and with Steve part of the picture, will be doing even more.

Posted by Mark Bolda on January 5, 2018 at 8:50 AM

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