Breeding Crops for Enhanced Food Safety

Plant breeders and food safety experts conducted a two-day conference at UC Davis (June 5–6, 2019) to discuss issues relevant to food safety, including control of microbial contamination in produce throughout the food chain (seeds, field production, pre- and postharvest, packaging, distribution, marketing). Maeli Melotto, a UC Davis Plant Sciences professor who focuses on plant-microbe…

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Three ‘Breakthrough Technology Awards’ for Plant Breeding: Phyllis Himmel, Maeli Melotto, and Allen Van Deynze

Three people in the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, received Breakthrough Technology Awards for Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Plant Breeding research and conference programs. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded 21 Plant Breeding for Agricultural Production competitive grants that will advance development of publicly available cultivars bred to improve…

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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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Breeding a Better Strawberry: Scientists Uncover Genetic Roadmap of Cultivated Strawberry

Consumers want strawberries to be red, sweet, ripe and juicy, like those fresh picked from a garden. Suppliers want them to be easy to handle and ship, without getting squished. Commercial strawberry growers need their crops to be high-yielding and disease-resistant. An international team of scientists led by the University of California, Davis, and Michigan…

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Florence Zakharov: New Director of UC Postharvest Technology Center

Florence Zakharov, associate professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, is the new director of the Postharvest Technology Center, succeeding Trevor Suslow, Cooperative Extension research specialist emeritus. In her director’s note in the center’s January newsletter, Zakharov said: “I have been involved with the center since joining the faculty of the Department of Plant Sciences…

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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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Six Faculty Join the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis – Gail Taylor, Brian Bailey, Barbara Blanco-Ulate, Pat Brown, Tom Buckley, Mohsen Mesgaran

As the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis finishes the academic year (2017–18) and embarks on a new year, it’s time to meet six new faculty who joined the department during the last two years. These faculty, covering broad discipline areas, have bolstered the breadth and strength of the renowned department. In the next…

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Fresh-cut Products Workshop: The Science and Art of Quality and Safety

This workshop, held on the UC Davis campus, September 18-20, 2018 (Tues.–Thurs), provides an intensive and substantive overview of fresh-cut product physiology, production, hygienic facility and equipment design, wash water management, film and packaging design principles and practical selection, sensory evaluation, and distribution. Participants will gain working knowledge of established and new procedures through topic-related…

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