Strip Seeding California Grasslands to Restore Native Perennials and Improve Ecosystem Services (Video)

“California grasslands are very different from their original state,” said Professor Emilio Laca, an agricultural ecologist in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis. “They have been completely invaded by exotic species, several of which have become naturalized in the ecosystem, and the grasslands have lost most of the native perennial plant component.” The…

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Seed and Variety Improvement in Vegetable Production (video #9 of 26)

The allied seed and variety improvement industries are critically important aspects of vegetable production systems in California. Most vegetables are annuals and have to be started every year from seeds, so seed production is critical for the vegetable industry. Professors Kent Bradford and Diane Beckles, Research Scientist Roger Chetelat, and Ph.D. student Karin Albornoz, all…

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Weed Management in Specialty Crop Production (video #7 of 26)

Competition from weeds can result in yield losses in California’s specialty crop systems. Weeds can also harbor pests and diseases. Weed management is an important component of vegetable production systems to maintain sustainability. Weed specialist Steve Fennimore (Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources) is featured in this video, and…

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Bringing Food Safety and Plant Breeding Together Can Create Solutions (Podcast with Maeli Melotto, UC Davis)

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the University of California, Davis, teamed up to tackle an important topic: food safety. At the Breeding Crops for Enhanced Food Safety Conference in June, Alex Martin sat down with Maeli Melotto, one of the creators and organizers of the event and an associate professor in…

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Two in Plant Sciences Receive STAIR Grants to Advance Innovations Toward Commercialization

Innovators at the University of California, Davis, are receiving financial support to advance their research and technologies toward commercialization. The Science Translation and Innovative Research (STAIR™) Grant program, managed by Venture Catalyst and funded by the UC Davis Office of Research, provides funding to support translational science and innovative research performed by UC Davis researchers….

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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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