UC Davis Students Breed Beans for Organic Farming: New Varieties Will Be High Yield, Disease Resistant

Quick Summary Field tests have begun on high-yield, disease-resistant organic beans Hope is to have varieties available for commercial production after 2020 Researchers are breeding fast-growing plants to outcompete weeds Graduate students at the University of California, Davis, have begun field tests on very rare commodities: high-yield, disease-resistant bean varieties that can thrive on organic…

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Video: Plant Breeding Media Tour in Davis and Woodland, California

This “Plant Breeding Media Tour” video features academic and industry breeders and seed producers. From UC Davis, Ph.D. students Kimberly Gibson (bean breeding) and Saarah Kuzay are featured, along with Professor Kent Bradford, director of the Seed Biotechnology Center (SBC) at UC Davis, and Allen Van Deynze, research director of the SBC. Bradford addresses the…

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USDA Statement on Plant Breeding Innovation

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued a statement (March 28, 2018) providing clarification on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) oversight of plants produced through innovative new breeding techniques which include techniques called genome editing. Under its biotechnology regulations, USDA does not regulate or have any plans to regulate plants that could otherwise have…

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Paul Gepts receives Chancellor’s Award for International Engagement at UC Davis

Plant Sciences distinguished professor Paul Gepts was one of three recipients of the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for International Engagement at UC Davis. At a reception on March 2, Gepts received the award from UC Davis Chancellor Gary May. Honoring Gepts at the ceremony were: Joanna Regulska (Vice provost and associate chancellor, Global Affairs) Helene Dillard…

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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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