New Insight Into Why Pierce’s Disease is So Deadly to Grapevines: Research could help diagnose disease early and increase plant health

Scientists are gaining a better understanding of Pierce’s disease and how it affects grapevines. The disease, which annually costs California more than $100 million, comes from a bacterium called Xylella fastidiosa. While the bacterium has been present in the state for more than 100 years, Pierce’s disease became a more serious threat to agriculture with…

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Tom Buckley: New Chief Editor of AoB PLANTS

Tom Buckley, a professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, is the new chief editor of AoB PLANTS, an open-access, online journal emphasizing environmental and evolutionary plant biology. The journal is published by the not-for-profit Oxford University Press, and publishes double-blind, peer-reviewed research articles, along with reviews, commentaries, and short communications. As an…

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UC Davis Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovation: Gurdev Khush

Gurdev Khush, a world-renowned plant geneticist, is the recipient of the UC Davis Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovation for his truly extraordinary leadership in developing rice strains that have enhanced the quality and quantity of global rice supplies. The award recognizes an acknowledged innovator whose career accomplishments include innovations that have led to a long-term…

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UC Davis Innovation Community Partner Award: Seed Central, Francois Korn, Kent Bradford

Seed Central is the recipient of the UC Davis Chancellor’s Innovative Community Partner of the Year Award, given in recognition of significant contributions to driving regional economic impact through innovation, entrepreneurship or support for growing the startup ecosystem in collaboration with university. Seed Central energizes the seed and ag-biotech industry around UC Davis and contributes…

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Grad Student Julia Jordan Works in Uganda on Irrigation, Gender Roles, and Improving Farming Practices

Julia Jordan, a UC Davis student who is studying for a master’s degree in international agricultural development, recently spent six months in Uganda helping smallholder farmers improve irrigation practices with an approach that went beyond technology development. “I was searching for an opportunity to work on a project in East Africa that focused on gender,…

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Calvin Qualset Receives Academic Senate’s ‘Distinguished Scholarly Public Service’ Award

UC Davis’ Academic Senate and Academic Federation honor their members each year for teaching, research, and public service. Calvin Qualset received the “Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award.” Here are all of this year’s awards: Academic Senate Faculty Distinguished Research Award Carlito Lebrilla (Chemistry) Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Calvin Qualset (Plant Sciences) Jeannie Darby (Civil and…

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