UC Davis Students Breed Beans for Organic Farming: New Varieties Will Be High Yield, Disease Resistant

Quick Summary Field tests have begun on high-yield, disease-resistant organic beans Hope is to have varieties available for commercial production after 2020 Researchers are breeding fast-growing plants to outcompete weeds Graduate students at the University of California, Davis, have begun field tests on very rare commodities: high-yield, disease-resistant bean varieties that can thrive on organic…

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Video: Plant Breeding Media Tour in Davis and Woodland, California

This “Plant Breeding Media Tour” video features academic and industry breeders and seed producers. From UC Davis, Ph.D. students Kimberley Gibson (bean breeding) and Saarah Kuzey are featured, along with Professor Kent Bradford, director of the Seed Biotechnology Center (SBC) at UC Davis, and Allen Van Deynze, research director of the SBC. Bradford addresses the…

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USDA Statement on Plant Breeding Innovation

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued a statement (March 28, 2018) providing clarification on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) oversight of plants produced through innovative new breeding techniques which include techniques called genome editing. Under its biotechnology regulations, USDA does not regulate or have any plans to regulate plants that could otherwise have…

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Bruce Linquist: Distinguished Rice Research and Education Award

Plant Sciences faculty member and Cooperative Extension specialist Bruce Linquist received the Distinguished Rice Research and Education Award from the Rice Technical Working Group at their annual conference last month in Long Beach, California. Linquist chaired the conference. Linquist has been collaborating with rice researchers in the southern U.S., and he is the only California…

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Regulatory Barriers to the Development of Innovative Agricultural Biotechnology by Small Businesses and Universities

New CAST issue paper, co-authored by Professor Kent Bradford at UC Davis, examines the current U.S. regulatory system for GE crops, compares it with those of major trading partners, and considers the effects it has on agricultural biotechnology. The authors of this paper demonstrate that the current process-based U.S. biotechnology regulatory system is a barrier…

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I’m a fourth-generation California farmer: My research is one reason to support the University of California

I might be just the kind of person the state’s founders envisioned when on March 23, 1868 – 150 years ago Friday – they chartered the University of California. A fourth-generation California rice grower, I was able to go to a world-class university and pursue an advanced degree, thanks to California’s system of public higher…

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Food and Agriculture: A Global Conversation

The Food and Agriculture: A Global Conversation symposium will take place on April 24, 2018, at UC Davis. The conference will bring together leaders in academia, industry, and the media to provide participants with scientific information about agriculture, nutrition, and food security. It will spark collaborations between attendees that will enhance the public discourse of scientific issues. The symposium…

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Understanding How Rice Root Microbiome Can Promote Agricultural Growth

Your body plays host to a microbial ecosystem that’s ever-evolving, and its composition has implications for your overall health. The same holds true for plants and their microbiomes and the relationship is of pivotal importance to agriculture. In a paper appearing in PLOS Biology, Joseph Edwards, ’17 Ph.D. in Plant Biology, Professor Venkatesan Sundaresan, departments…

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Paul Gepts receives Chancellor’s Award for International Engagement at UC Davis

Plant Sciences distinguished professor Paul Gepts was one of three recipients of the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for International Engagement at UC Davis. At a reception on March 2, Gepts received the award from UC Davis Chancellor Gary May. Honoring Gepts at the ceremony were: Joanna Regulska (Vice provost and associate chancellor, Global Affairs) Helene Dillard…

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