Pornpipat “Paul” Kasemsap has always had a passion for optimizing agricultural systems. As a PhD candidate in Horticulture and Agronomy with Dr. Arnold Bloom at UC Davis, he has come to understand the complexity of food production. Along the way Kasemsap’s higher education journey provided many opportunities to explore food production in diverse regions of the world such as Thailand, the Netherlands, and then California. Now he combines the different fields of genetics, crop physiology, and agricultural management to optimize plants as a food source.
Through his work, Kasemsap hopes to identify the plant mechanisms and genetic bases for maintaining nutritious food supplies in the face of elevating CO2. His findings should help guide on-farm nitrogen management, an element responsible for significant yield improvements during the green revolution, and aid food system sustainability into the future.