Inventing a low-cost solution to reduce moldy foods: ‘DryCard’ takes the guesswork out of drying

How do you see dryness? Solar drying is a simple way for smallholder farmers to preserve their harvest, but knowing when food is dry enough to store is complex. UC Davis researchers invented a low-cost, easy-to-use tool that farmers can use to measure food dryness, called the DryCardTM. In developing countries, mold growth on dried…

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Arabica coffee genome sequenced: Coincides with birth of California-grown specialty coffee industry

Quick Summary Will help develop disease-resistant varieties adaptable to climate change Sequence also key to improving coffee quality Aromatic Geisha variety used for sequencing WATCH THE VIDEO The first public genome sequence for Coffea arabica, the species responsible for more than 70 percent of global coffee production, was released on January 13 by researchers at…

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HM Clause a first recipient of UC Davis Innovation Awards

Ralph J. Hexter, acting chancellor of the University of California, Davis, announced the recipients of a new series of innovation awards. The UC Davis Chancellor’s Innovation Awards recognize faculty, community partners, and industry leaders for their work, dedication and success in achieving societal impact either through innovations in technology or social engagement. “These new awards…

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Gene blocking lettuce germination also regulates flowering time: Discovery could be crucial for adapting to climate change

By Pat Bailey, UC Davis News and Media Relations Quick Summary Gene functions by acting on certain microRNAs Process helps adapt timing of seed dormancy and flowering to environmental conditions Findings important for $1.9 billion U.S. lettuce industry Like most annuals, lettuce plants live out their lives in quiet, three-act dramas that follow the seasons….

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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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