FFAR Awards $225,000 Grant to UC Davis to Enhance Soil Practices in Almond Orchards

DAVIS and WASHINGTON (March 28, 2019) – More than 80 percent of the world’s almonds are produced in California, and this industry contributes $21 billion to the state’s economy. In recognition of the need to develop more resilient almond orchards, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) awarded a $225,000 Seeding Solutions Grant to…

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Florence Zakharov: New Director of UC Postharvest Technology Center

Florence Zakharov, associate professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, is the new director of the Postharvest Technology Center, succeeding Trevor Suslow, Cooperative Extension research specialist emeritus. In her director’s note in the center’s January newsletter, Zakharov said: “I have been involved with the center since joining the faculty of the Department of Plant Sciences…

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Fresh-cut Products Workshop: The Science and Art of Quality and Safety

This workshop, held on the UC Davis campus, September 18-20, 2018 (Tues.–Thurs), provides an intensive and substantive overview of fresh-cut product physiology, production, hygienic facility and equipment design, wash water management, film and packaging design principles and practical selection, sensory evaluation, and distribution. Participants will gain working knowledge of established and new procedures through topic-related…

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USDA Statement on Plant Breeding Innovation

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued a statement (March 28, 2018) providing clarification on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) oversight of plants produced through innovative new breeding techniques which include techniques called genome editing. Under its biotechnology regulations, USDA does not regulate or have any plans to regulate plants that could otherwise have…

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Trevor Suslow: Education Award for Salinas Valley Agriculture

Trevor V. Suslow, Cooperative Extension specialist, Department of Plant Sciences, and director of the Postharvest Center, recently received the 2017 Valley of the World Education Award given by the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas. The center established its Valley of the World Awards to honor key figures in the Salinas Valley agricultural industry. “In the…

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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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