Industry Upbeat About New UC Davis Strawberry Breeding Research ‘Setting the Benchmark’ for Quality, Yield, and Sustainability

by Diane Nelson Quick Summary Breeders look for genetically disease-resistant strawberry plants Searching for an even tastier berry New teaching program aims to train next generation of plant breeders Strawberry farmers and industry leaders say new science, education, and collaborations underway at the UC Davis Public Strawberry Breeding Program bode well for the quality and sustainability…

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Picnic Day Takes Large Behind-the-Scenes Effort for Departments: Faculty and Staff Work for Weeks to Prepare

By Cody Kitaura/Dateline A month before Picnic Day every year, Plant Sciences staff research associate Guy Kyser prepares by driving around the campus’s expansive fields looking for weeds — but instead of trying to eradicate them, he’s trying to save them. Kyser is one of numerous faculty and staff who work behind the scenes of Picnic…

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Gene Blocking Lettuce Germination also Regulates Flowering Time: Discovery Could Be Crucial for Adapting to Climate Change

By Pat Bailey, UC Davis News and Media Relations Quick Summary Gene functions by acting on certain microRNAs Process helps adapt timing of seed dormancy and flowering to environmental conditions Findings important for $1.9 billion U.S. lettuce industry Like most annuals, lettuce plants live out their lives in quiet, three-act dramas that follow the seasons….

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