Barbara Blanco-Ulate, UC Davis Plant Sciences, is a Hellman Fellow

Barbara Blanco-Ulate, Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, received a prestigious Hellman Fellowship grant this year for the research project “Epigenomics of Tomato Fruit Susceptibility to Fungal Disease.” Blanco-Ulate’s overall research focuses on the systems biology of fruit ripening, fruit-pathogen interactions, and postharvest quality. The one-year grants are awarded to early-career…

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Louise Ferguson Named President-Elect of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS)

Louise Ferguson, faculty member in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis, and UC ANR Cooperative Extension pomology specialist for California, is the new President-elect of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), a professional academic society. Her appointment commenced in July 2019 at the ASHS annual conference in Las Vegas. Following the upcoming…

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Two in Plant Sciences Receive STAIR Grants to Advance Innovations Toward Commercialization

Innovators at the University of California, Davis, are receiving financial support to advance their research and technologies toward commercialization. The Science Translation and Innovative Research (STAIR™) Grant program, managed by Venture Catalyst and funded by the UC Davis Office of Research, provides funding to support translational science and innovative research performed by UC Davis researchers….

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4R Research Fund Awards Over $500,000 to Patrick Brown to Study Impact of 4R Practices in the Field

The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) announced that the Foundation for Agronomic Research, which administers projects for the 4R Research Fund, has awarded nearly $2.7 million in grants to five universities to conduct field research and demonstration projects that evaluate and promote the economic, social, and environmental outcomes of 4R Nutrient Stewardship. The 4R Nutrient Stewardship concept…

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Three ‘Breakthrough Technology Awards’ for Plant Breeding: Phyllis Himmel, Maeli Melotto, and Allen Van Deynze

Three people in the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, received Breakthrough Technology Awards for Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Plant Breeding research and conference programs. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded 21 Plant Breeding for Agricultural Production competitive grants that will advance development of publicly available cultivars bred to improve…

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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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