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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UC Davis and Pakistan Launch $17 Million Food and Agricultural Partnership

The launch of a $17 million collaborative project linking UC Davis and Pakistan’s leading agricultural university was celebrated today at UC Davis, which will receive $10 million of the funds. The new U.S.–Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Agriculture and Food Security, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, will make it possible for…

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UC Davis Wins Specialty-Crops Grants for Lettuce and Conservation Agriculture Projects

Improving lettuce crops is the aim of a new, $4.5 million grant, awarded to University of California, Davis, researchers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The five-year, renewable grant is part of USDA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative funding program, made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. This award is…

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Louise Ferguson: Outstanding Extension Publication

Louise Ferguson, a faculty member and Cooperative Extension specialist in the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences, recently received the ASHS Outstanding Extension Publication Award for 2014 as co-author of the paper, “Transformation of an Ancient Crop: Preparing California ‘Manazanillo’ Table Olives for Mechanical Harvesting,” which was published in HortTechnology. Ferguson, who is honored to…

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