Investing in 101 Futures: UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center Partnership with African Orphan Crops Consortium Prepares Underutilized Crops for Success

Crops like corn and rice have relished in research on breeding crop varieties for high yield and disease resistance. Traditional African crops, such as spider plant, finger millet, bambara groundnut or allanblackia, remain highly nutritious in a limited set of varieties but inaccessible. They are “orphaned” into low yielding varieties and limited markets. The UC…

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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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Change on the Range: Is a New Generation of Young, Female Ranchers Ready to Adapt to Climate Change?

A new breed of ranchers is bringing diverse demographics and unique needs to rangeland management in California. These first-generation ranchers are often young, female and less likely to, in fact, own a ranch. But like more traditional rangeland managers, this new generation holds a deep love for the lifestyle and landscapes that provide a wealth…

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Resilient Cropping Systems for a Sustainable Future – Agroecologist Amelie Gaudin

Overview: This article, from Scientia, addresses Professor Amelie Gaudin’s research on developing better and diverse agricultural cropping systems. “The ultimate goal of our research is to use agroecological principles to help develop more efficient and resilient cropping systems,” said Gaudin. –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – Dr Amélie Gaudin at the…

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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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Grad Student Julia Jordan Works in Uganda on Irrigation, Gender Roles, and Improving Farming Practices

Julia Jordan, a UC Davis student who is studying for a master’s degree in international agricultural development, recently spent six months in Uganda helping smallholder farmers improve irrigation practices with an approach that went beyond technology development. “I was searching for an opportunity to work on a project in East Africa that focused on gender,…

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