Inventing a low-cost solution to reduce moldy foods: ‘DryCard’ takes the guesswork out of drying

How do you see dryness? Solar drying is a simple way for smallholder farmers to preserve their harvest, but knowing when food is dry enough to store is complex. UC Davis researchers invented a low-cost, easy-to-use tool that farmers can use to measure food dryness, called the DryCardTM. In developing countries, mold growth on dried…

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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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Newly identified enzyme may be the culprit in Pierce’s disease grapevine damage

January 12, 2016 UC Davis plant scientists have identified an enzyme that appears to play a key role in the insect-transmitted bacterial infection of grapevines with Pierce’s disease, which annually costs California’s grape and wine industries more than $100 million. The researchers hope that the discovery, which runs counter to existing theories, will lead to…

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