New Apricot Research Can Help Farmers and Reduce Poverty in Tajikistan

Apricots offer farmers in southern Tajikistan a profitable opportunity — particularly when dried for export to foreign markets. The Horticulture Innovation Lab, led by the University of California, Davis, is supporting a new research project that focuses on improving postharvest practices for dried apricots. In a region where 10 percent of the population lives on…

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New Organic Plant Breeding Effort to Produce Novel Varieties and Train New Breeders

A new effort to provide California growers with seeds for tomato, bean, pepper and other crop varieties that are specially bred for organic farming has been launched at UC Davis. The organic plant-breeding project was developed in direct response to California organic growers, who have reported that the scarcity of seeds for cultivars that meet…

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How the Mechanical Tomato Harvester Prompted the Food Movement

[UC Davis alumna Ildi Carlisle-Cummins writes about the evolution of California’s food movement.] From Ketchup to California Cuisine: How the Mechanical Tomato Harvester Prompted Today’s Food Movement by Ildi Carlisle-Cummins July 15, 2015 reprinted from Civil Eats (with permission) When you think of California cuisine, do you imagine baby lettuces doused in olive oil, and…

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