Three ‘Breakthrough Technology Awards’ for Plant Breeding: Phyllis Himmel, Maeli Melotto, and Allen Van Deynze

Three people in the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, received Breakthrough Technology Awards for Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Plant Breeding research and conference programs. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded 21 Plant Breeding for Agricultural Production competitive grants that will advance development of publicly available cultivars bred to improve…

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Processing Tomato Production (video #3 of 26)

Processing tomato production in California is a major success story with wide-ranging advances in production technologies that have been achieved through innovation in genetics, management, and mechanization during the past century. Advances such as the development of hybrid tomato varieties suitable for mechanical harvest and with uniform ripening, the mechanical harvester, and the widespread introduction…

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Plant Sciences Students Develop Plant-breeding Skills at UC Davis

The University of California, Davis, Student Collaborative Organic Plant Breeding Education project (SCOPE) is a student-led project of faculty and student plant breeders. The project works with local organic growers to improve crop varieties for organic farming systems in Northern California. Future expansion could include other regions. The organic plant breeding project was developed after…

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Investing in 101 Futures: UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center Partnership with African Orphan Crops Consortium Prepares Underutilized Crops for Success

Crops like corn and rice have relished in research on breeding crop varieties for high yield and disease resistance. Traditional African crops, such as spider plant, finger millet, bambara groundnut or allanblackia, remain highly nutritious in a limited set of varieties but inaccessible. They are “orphaned” into low yielding varieties and limited markets. The UC…

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Three New Faculty Join the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis – Christine Diepenbrock, Amanda Crump, and Jagdish Kumar Ladha

Meet three faculty who recently joined the Department of Plant Sciences. They cover a broad range of research, teaching, and outreach expertise. Additional faculty recruitments in the department are underway, and will be posted once those new faculty join the department. Christine Diepenbrock Christine Diepenbrock has been appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department…

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Plant Breeding Academy Addresses Global Food Needs

To address the global shortage of plant breeders and enable future food security, the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) offers a professional development certificate program in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa.  “The Plant Breeding Academy, organized through the Seed Biotechnology Center at UC Davis, builds breeding skills for industry personnel, enabling them…

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