Seed and Variety Improvement in Vegetable Production (video #9 of 26)

The allied seed and variety improvement industries are critically important aspects of vegetable production systems in California. Most vegetables are annuals and have to be started every year from seeds, so seed production is critical for the vegetable industry. Professors Kent Bradford and Diane Beckles, Research Scientist Roger Chetelat, and Ph.D. student Karin Albornoz, all…

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UC Davis Releases Five New Strawberry Varieties – Publicly available plants will help farmers manage diseases, production costs

The Public Strawberry Breeding Program at the University of California, Davis, has released five new varieties that will help farmers manage diseases, control costs, and produce plenty of large, robust berries using less water, fertilizer, and pesticides. Two of the new varieties could increase yields by almost 30 percent.  “These new varieties are intrinsically different…

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Bringing Food Safety and Plant Breeding Together Can Create Solutions (Podcast with Maeli Melotto, UC Davis)

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the University of California, Davis, teamed up to tackle an important topic: food safety. At the Breeding Crops for Enhanced Food Safety Conference in June, Alex Martin sat down with Maeli Melotto, one of the creators and organizers of the event and an associate professor in…

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Breeding Crops for Enhanced Food Safety

Plant breeders and food safety experts conducted a two-day conference at UC Davis (June 5–6, 2019) to discuss issues relevant to food safety, including control of microbial contamination in produce throughout the food chain (seeds, field production, pre- and postharvest, packaging, distribution, marketing). Maeli Melotto, a UC Davis Plant Sciences professor who focuses on plant-microbe…

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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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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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