Plant Sciences Students Develop Plant-breeding Skills at UC Davis

The University of California, Davis, Student Collaborative Organic Plant Breeding Education project (SCOPE) is a student-led project of faculty and student plant breeders. The project works with local organic growers to improve crop varieties for organic farming systems in Northern California. Future expansion could include other regions. The organic plant breeding project was developed after…

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Urban Agriculture — Video #1 in Series of 26 Vegetable Production Videos

Urban agriculture is proliferating across the state of California on both public and private lands, taking the form of school, community, church and backyard gardens, vertical and rooftop farms, for-profit and non-profit enterprises, as well as a whole suite of other food production methods. These urban farms are transforming the landscape of food production, helping…

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New Video Series to Spark Interest in Vegetable Production of the Future

A 26-episode weekly video series will debut Monday, May 13, 2019, on YouTube to help train the next generation of vegetable crop workers and increase their use of effective stewardship practices in vegetable production. Projections for near-future retirements of people working in California’s agricultural production, marketing and postharvest handling sectors indicate severe re-staffing needs in the coming…

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Landscape Plants for Water Conservation: Horticultural Research Institute Funding for Loren Oki

UC Davis Plant Sciences faculty and Cooperative Extension Specialist Loren Oki received research funding for 2019 from the Horticultural Research Institute for the project “Landscape Plant Performance: Water Use Assessments of New Cultivar Selections.” He is one of fifteen recipients from thirteen universities; a total of $437,200 was awarded to the fifteen projects. Landscape Plant…

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Horticultural Research Institute Funding for Mohsen Mesgaran to Assess Seed Quality

UC Davis Plant Sciences Professor Mohsen Mesgaran received research funding for 2019 from the Horticultural Research Institute for the project “Using Hyperspectral Technology to Assess Seed Quality of Horticultural Crops.” He is one of fifteen recipients from thirteen universities; a total of $437,200 was awarded to the fifteen projects. Mesgaran is an Assistant Professor in…

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Avocados May Find a Place in Northern California Orchards to Meet Growing Consumer Demand

The good news for Sacramento Valley growers considering avocados is that U.S. consumption has mushroomed to nearly 2.5 billion pounds a year, and doubling every decade, as this versatile fruit has been discovered as a delicious, heart-healthy source of cholesterol-free fat. The sobering news, however, is that though the trees produce an impressive abundance of…

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