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Prapakorn (Tee) Tantayotai

tee_tantayotaiGraduate student

3310 Plant and Environmental Sciences


2005: Master of Science, Major Zoology, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

2001: Bachelor of Science, Major Biology, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Research Projects

Red Rock Ranch project: Selenium remediation in drainage water

The project takes place at Red Rock Ranch (RRR), a 600+ acre farm located at Five Points, CA, practices Integrated On-Farm Drainage Management (IFDM). Drainage water resulting from irrigation of standard crops is further recycled through irrigation of a series of salt tolerant crops both to manage drainage water on site and gain additional economic value from the water. The end-result of such intensive use of the water, combined with evaporation, is wastewater contaminated with excessively toxic levels of Se and salt. Such conditions are commonly associated with agricultural production in the southern San Joaquin Valley. This research combines harvesting of invertebrates with algal volatilization to reduce concentrations of Se. The goal is to optimize and implement an economic and sustainable method, harnessing microalgal selenium volatilization and food chain disruption, to reduce the ecotoxic risk posed by Se-contaminated agricultural drainage water. A secondary goal is to produce economically valuable by-products from the process.

Research Interests

Selenium remediation and Biodiesel feedstock production

Awesome classes new students must take

SSC205 Field study of soils : The best class ever in my life :)