Downy Mildew Research to Benefit Lettuce Growers and Consumers: Funds Will Support Genomics Research for $3 Billion Crop

Quick Summary Downy mildew is the most economically important pathogen infecting lettuce Research to benefit conventional and organic farmers and reduce crop loss Research will provide consumers food grown using fewer chemicals Researchers at the University of California, Davis, will use the genomics of lettuce to combat a pathogen that causes losses in the $3…

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Presenting Our Plant Sciences Retirees, Class of 2017–2018

Of the 558 academic and staff members who retired during the 2017–2018 academic year from the UC Davis and Sacramento campuses, eight are from the Department of Plant Sciences. In addition, at least four of the campus-wide retirees are alumni from Plant Sciences (and its four predecessor departments: Agronomy and Range Science, Environmental Horticulture, Pomology,…

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Tom Buckley: New Chief Editor of AoB PLANTS

Tom Buckley, a professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, is the new chief editor of AoB PLANTS, an open-access, online journal emphasizing environmental and evolutionary plant biology. The journal is published by the not-for-profit Oxford University Press, and publishes double-blind, peer-reviewed research articles, along with reviews, commentaries, and short communications. As an…

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UC Davis Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovation: Gurdev Khush

Gurdev Khush, a world-renowned plant geneticist, is the recipient of the UC Davis Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovation for his truly extraordinary leadership in developing rice strains that have enhanced the quality and quantity of global rice supplies. The award recognizes an acknowledged innovator whose career accomplishments include innovations that have led to a long-term…

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UC Davis Innovation Community Partner Award: Seed Central, Francois Korn, Kent Bradford

Seed Central is the recipient of the UC Davis Chancellor’s Innovative Community Partner of the Year Award, given in recognition of significant contributions to driving regional economic impact through innovation, entrepreneurship or support for growing the startup ecosystem in collaboration with university. Seed Central energizes the seed and ag-biotech industry around UC Davis and contributes…

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Calvin Qualset Receives Academic Senate’s ‘Distinguished Scholarly Public Service’ Award

UC Davis’ Academic Senate and Academic Federation honor their members each year for teaching, research, and public service. Calvin Qualset received the “Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award.” Here are all of this year’s awards: Academic Senate Faculty Distinguished Research Award Carlito Lebrilla (Chemistry) Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Calvin Qualset (Plant Sciences) Jeannie Darby (Civil and…

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