Plant Sciences Students Develop Plant-breeding Skills at UC Davis

The University of California, Davis, Student Collaborative Organic Plant Breeding Education project (SCOPE) is a student-led project of faculty and student plant breeders. The project works with local organic growers to improve crop varieties for organic farming systems in Northern California. Future expansion could include other regions. The organic plant breeding project was developed after…

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Investing in 101 Futures: UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center Partnership with African Orphan Crops Consortium Prepares Underutilized Crops for Success

Crops like corn and rice have relished in research on breeding crop varieties for high yield and disease resistance. Traditional African crops, such as spider plant, finger millet, bambara groundnut or allanblackia, remain highly nutritious in a limited set of varieties but inaccessible. They are “orphaned” into low yielding varieties and limited markets. The UC…

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Three New Faculty Join the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis – Christine Diepenbrock, Amanda Crump, and Jagdish Kumar Ladha

Meet three faculty who recently joined the Department of Plant Sciences. They cover a broad range of research, teaching, and outreach expertise. Additional faculty recruitments in the department are underway, and will be posted once those new faculty join the department. Christine Diepenbrock Christine Diepenbrock has been appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department…

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Plant Breeding Academy Addresses Global Food Needs

To address the global shortage of plant breeders and enable future food security, the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) offers a professional development certificate program in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa.  “The Plant Breeding Academy, organized through the Seed Biotechnology Center at UC Davis, builds breeding skills for industry personnel, enabling them…

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Breeding a Better Strawberry: Scientists Uncover Genetic Roadmap of Cultivated Strawberry

Consumers want strawberries to be red, sweet, ripe and juicy, like those fresh picked from a garden. Suppliers want them to be easy to handle and ship, without getting squished. Commercial strawberry growers need their crops to be high-yielding and disease-resistant. An international team of scientists led by the University of California, Davis, and Michigan…

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Allen Van Deynze, Seed Biotechnology Center

Allen Van Deynze, research director at the Seed Biotechnology Center at UC Davis, received a lifetime achievement award from the International Pepper Conference, held in November 2018. The award recognizes individuals who have contributed to the advancement of Capsicum research, extension, technology, and knowledge in the areas of breeding and genetics, horticultural management and production…

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