$4.5 Million Grant Funds New Disease-Resistant Strawberries

The Public Strawberry Breeding Program at the University of California, Davis, and colleagues in California and Florida have received a $4.5 million grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve the disease resistance and sustainable production of strawberries throughout the nation. The collaborative grant is good…

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Beth Mitcham, Alan Bennett, and Kurt Kornbluth: Chancellor’s International Engagement Achievement Awards

Elizabeth Mitcham (Plant Sciences) and Kurt Kornbluth (Biological and Agricultural Engineering) are the recipients of UC Davis’ inaugural Chancellor’s International Engagement Achievement Awards, while Alan Bennett (Plant Sciences) received an honorable mention. Interim Chancellor Ralph Hexter, who presented the awards, said, “Our tendency to form strong global connections and think beyond borders is one of…

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Miller Plant Science Award Recipients

The Milton D. and Mary M. Miller Plant Science Award at UC Davis provides grants to students and Cooperative Extension employees with career interests in Cooperative Extension and plant sciences. This year had the highest number of applicants. Recipients of this year’s award: Graduate Students (by graduate group) Horticulture and Agronomy: Kelsey DeRose, Liberty Galvin,…

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Wheat Geneticist Jorge Dubcovsky Receives 2017 UC Davis Innovator of the Year Award

Jorge Dubcovsky, distinguished professor of plant sciences and Howard Hughes Medical Institute researcher, and Lara Downes, artist in residence at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, were named the 2017 Innovators of the Year by University of California, Davis, Interim Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter at a ceremony on June 8. These awards, which are…

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Maeli Melotto and Diane Beckles Awarded Fellowships in Israel

Two professors in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis have been awarded fellowships for the Faculty Fellowship Summer Institute in Israel. Maeli Melotto, an expert in plant-microbe interactions, and Diane Beckles, an expert in postharvest biochemistry and molecular physiology, are among 26 faculty across the U.S. who received the competitive academic fellowship. The…

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Georgia Drakakaki Receives Greek Diaspora Fellowship

Georgia Drakakaki from the University of California, Davis, was awarded a fellowship by The Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to Greece to work on “Chemical genomics research, training and education in plant growth and productivity” in collaboration with Prof. Polydefkis Hatzopoulos at the Agricultural University of Athens. Drakakaki, an associate professor in the Department…

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Joe DiTomaso Receives Outstanding Research Award, Weed Science Society of America

Joe DiTomaso, professor and Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis, received the Outstanding Research Award from the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA). The award is for researchers who have demonstrated originality and creativity and whose work has had an impact in the field of weed science. The award…

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Plant Sciences Symposium 2017

Registration is open for the student-organized UC Davis Plant Sciences Symposium, an annual event which brings together researchers in academia, industry, and the nonprofit sector to discuss the latest advances in the field of plant sciences. Sixth annual UC Davis Plant Sciences Symposium April 24, 2017 UC Davis Conference Center Keynote Speakers: Rex Bernardo (University…

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