U.S. and German Plant Scientists Explore International Partnership

Daniel Potter and Astrid Volder, professors in the Dept. of Plant Sciences, are working with international colleagues to explore an international partnership in plant sciences. CEPLAS – Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences – a consortium of plant sciences researchers from several German institutions, recently initiated discussions with plant sciences programs at several U.S. universities…

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Decoding the Redwoods: As Threats to California’s Giant Redwoods Grow, Their Salvation Might Be in Their Complex Genetic Code

[Summary from the Washington Post]: As California’s climate changes to one of extremes, the only coast redwoods on the planet are in peril. Just 5 percent of the redwoods that stood before 1849 are still alive. Scientists are mapping the coast redwood’s genome, a genetic code 12 times larger than that of a human being….

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Seeds of Innovation

Important work happening in the Capital Region is transforming the future of vegetables. Inside the Seed Biotechnology Center at UC Davis, Dr. Allen Van Deynze points out the progress of the genome sequencing of Moringa oleifera — a colorful stream of data points shows on his computer screen. The moringa tree is an important source…

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UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy – Class VII Starts in September 2018 (Register now; discount before March 31, 2018)

The UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) is a professional certificate program, offered since 2006, with classes in the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. To date, the course has trained more than 380 breeders. More than 70 percent of participants are from the private seed industry. Class VII of the PBA in Davis, California,…

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UC Davis and Dow AgroSciences Team with Consortium to Advance African Orphan Crops

Bambara groundnut. Drumstick tree. Apple-ring tree. While many have never heard of these crops, they produce nutrition essential in Africa. To help improve the benefit brought by these and other little-studied crops, Dow AgroSciences teamed up with the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) and the African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC). The organization is working…

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Trevor Suslow: Education Award for Salinas Valley Agriculture

Trevor V. Suslow, Cooperative Extension specialist, Department of Plant Sciences, and director of the Postharvest Center, recently received the 2017 Valley of the World Education Award given by the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas. The center established its Valley of the World Awards to honor key figures in the Salinas Valley agricultural industry. “In the…

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