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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Beth Mitcham, Alan Bennett, and Kurt Kornbluth: Chancellor’s International Engagement Achievement Awards

Elizabeth Mitcham (Plant Sciences) and Kurt Kornbluth (Biological and Agricultural Engineering) are the recipients of UC Davis’ inaugural Chancellor’s International Engagement Achievement Awards, while Alan Bennett (Plant Sciences) received an honorable mention. Interim Chancellor Ralph Hexter, who presented the awards, said, “Our tendency to form strong global connections and think beyond borders is one of…

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Women in STEM (new website)

Campus recently launched the UC Davis Women in STEM web page, https://www.ucdavis.edu/women-stem. The page includes profiles, videos, resources, and news about campus initiatives and efforts to recruit, support, and advance women in STEM fields. People across campus are welcome to share the content, as appropriate, with their key audiences. You can link to the page…

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Maeli Melotto and Diane Beckles awarded fellowships in Israel

Two professors in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis have been awarded fellowships for the Faculty Fellowship Summer Institute in Israel. Maeli Melotto, an expert in plant-microbe interactions, and Diane Beckles, an expert in postharvest biochemistry and molecular physiology, are among 26 faculty across the U.S. who received the competitive academic fellowship. The…

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Georgia Drakakaki receives Greek Diaspora Fellowship

Georgia Drakakaki from the University of California, Davis, was awarded a fellowship by The Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to Greece to work on “Chemical genomics research, training and education in plant growth and productivity” in collaboration with Prof. Polydefkis Hatzopoulos at the Agricultural University of Athens. Drakakaki, an associate professor in the Department…

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