Automated Weeders are Attracting More Interest: Steve Fennimore Explains

Weed control is a continual struggle for vegetable growers, particularly hand weeding. Hand weeding is a major expense for crops like lettuce, and accounts for about 50 percent of the weed control costs for growers, according to Steve Fennimore, Cooperative Extension specialist and faculty member with the Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis….

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Arabidopsis Uses Defense Metabolites to Mediate Drought Tolerance

Brassica plants, such as broccoli, produce specialized metabolites that benefit humans by inducing anti-cancer defenses and providing flavor. These same compounds benefit the plant by attacking insects. Recent work however is showing that the plant also uses these flavor/anti-cancer compounds to defend against drought. The metabolite, glucoraphanin (4-methylsulfinylbutyl glucosinolate), is the focus of a new…

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Chloroplasts, β-Barrel Proteins, and Traversing through Graduate School

In a new publication in The Plant Cell — “Chloroplast Outer Membrane β-Barrel Proteins Use Components of the General Import Apparatus” — authors Philip Day, Steven Theg, and Kentaro Inoue, all at University of California, Davis, determined how β-barrel proteins are sorted to the correct location in plant chloroplast envelopes, which have two membranes. Chloroplasts,…

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Seed Biotechnology Center – 20th Anniversary Celebration, and Annual Report

Seed Biotechnology Center 20th Anniversary Celebration, September 12, 2019 The Seed Biotechnology Center at UC Davis is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. We’re appreciating the past and looking forward. On Thursday, September 12, 2019 the SBC will host a day-long event with panels highlighting researchers, students, industry representatives and policy makers. The day will…

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Fields on Fire: Alternatives to Crop Residue Burning in India

A new article in the journal Science – “Fields on Fire: Alternatives to Crop Residue Burning in India” – addresses the environmental problems associated with crop burning in India, and presents alternatives such as changing cropping systems and adopting different management practices. “Alternatives to crop residue burning in India are critical because of serious air…

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