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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Lifetime Achievement Award: Allen Van Deynze, Seed Biotechnology Center

Allen Van Deynze, research director at the Seed Biotechnology Center at UC Davis, received a lifetime achievement award from the International Pepper Conference, held in November 2018. The award recognizes individuals who have contributed to the advancement of Capsicum research, extension, technology, and knowledge in the areas of breeding and genetics, horticultural management and production…

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UC Davis Partners in USAID-Funded Project to Improve Nutrition Worldwide

UC Davis has been selected by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of a consortium to improve nutrition for women and children in low- and middle-income countries around the globe. The five-year program — USAID Advancing Nutrition — will bring together international and local organizations from various sectors to design, implement and evaluate…

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Rice Plants That Reproduce as Clones from Seed: Hybrid varieties a potential breakthrough for global agriculture

Plant biologists at the University of California, Davis, have discovered a way to make crop plants replicate through seeds as clones. The discovery, long sought by plant breeders and geneticists, could make it easier to propagate high-yielding, disease-resistant or climate-tolerant crops and make them available to the world’s farmers.  The researchers published their findings Dec. 12…

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Horticulture Innovation Lab Students Take Top Honors in ‘Agrilinks Young Scholar Blog Contest’

This fall the Agrilinks website held a young scholar blog contest to draw attention to the digital, first-hand stories of the next generation of global food security researchers. Plucked out of a sea of provoking narratives, blog posts penned by three students from the Horticulture Innovation Lab’s network were honored in the competition: Lauren Howe, a UC Davis student pursuing a master’s degree in…

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Study Finds Indigenous Mexican Variety of Corn Captures the Nitrogen It Needs from the Air: Association with Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria Allows the Corn to Thrive Without Fertilizer

Summary A corn variety growing in nitrogen-depleted fields derived 28–82 percent of nitrogen it needed from the atmosphere A sugar-rich, gel-like substance on the corn’s aerial roots, called mucilage, attracts bacteria and other microbes that fix nitrogen A team from UC Davis, UW–Madison, and Mars, Incorporated worked in partnership with indigenous community in Sierra Mixe…

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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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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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