Industry Upbeat About New UC Davis Strawberry Breeding Research ‘Setting the Benchmark’ for Quality, Yield, and Sustainability

by Diane Nelson Quick Summary Breeders look for genetically disease-resistant strawberry plants Searching for an even tastier berry New teaching program aims to train next generation of plant breeders Strawberry farmers and industry leaders say new science, education, and collaborations underway at the UC Davis Public Strawberry Breeding Program bode well for the quality and sustainability…

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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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Newly Identified Enzyme May Be the Culprit in Pierce’s Disease Grapevine Damage

January 12, 2016 UC Davis plant scientists have identified an enzyme that appears to play a key role in the insect-transmitted bacterial infection of grapevines with Pierce’s disease, which annually costs California’s grape and wine industries more than $100 million. The researchers hope that the discovery, which runs counter to existing theories, will lead to…

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UC Davis Cracks the Walnut Genome

University of California, Davis December 9, 2015 by Ann Filmer Scientists at the University of California, Davis, have for the first time sequenced the genome of a commercial walnut variety. The information should accelerate the rate of breeding and variety improvement in walnuts and help breeders select for desired traits such as insect and disease…

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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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