Downy Mildew Research to Benefit Lettuce Growers and Consumers: Funds Will Support Genomics Research for $3 Billion Crop

Quick Summary Downy mildew is the most economically important pathogen infecting lettuce Research to benefit conventional and organic farmers and reduce crop loss Research will provide consumers food grown using fewer chemicals Researchers at the University of California, Davis, will use the genomics of lettuce to combat a pathogen that causes losses in the $3…

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UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy Starts the Seventh Class

Contributing to fill a critical need for trained plant breeders, the University of California, Davis, Plant Breeding AcademySM (PBA) started its seventh class of students this week with a session in Davis, California. Over the next two years this class will spend more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field, training to complete this premium professional…

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Six Faculty Join the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis – Gail Taylor, Brian Bailey, Barbara Blanco-Ulate, Pat Brown, Tom Buckley, Mohsen Mesgaran

As the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis finishes the academic year (2017–18) and embarks on a new year, it’s time to meet six new faculty who joined the department during the last two years. These faculty, covering broad discipline areas, have bolstered the breadth and strength of the renowned department. In the next…

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Redwood Genome Project is Cover Story on ‘CBS Sunday Morning’: Genome Sequencing Research by David Neale, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

“Mapping the Genome of Redwoods” is the feature story on CBS Sunday Morning this coming Sunday (July 1). Featured in the program are Distinguished Professor David Neale and his research team (Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis), and the Save the Redwoods League. The news clip from the CBS television site notes, “They are among…

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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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Decoding the Redwoods: As Threats to California’s Giant Redwoods Grow, Their Salvation Might Be in Their Complex Genetic Code

[Summary from the Washington Post]: As California’s climate changes to one of extremes, the only coast redwoods on the planet are in peril. Just 5 percent of the redwoods that stood before 1849 are still alive. Scientists are mapping the coast redwood’s genome, a genetic code 12 times larger than that of a human being….

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Gene Discovery May Halt Worldwide Wheat Epidemic: Gene Can Help Fend off Devastating Strain of Stem Rust

Summary Stem rust can destroy large percentage of world’s second most important grain New stem rust strain is spreading throughout Africa and threatens Asia’s bread basket Identification of effective resistance genes are critical to mitigate stem-rust threat University of California, Davis, researchers have identified a gene that enables resistance to a new devastating strain of…

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Paul Gepts: International Scientific Prize for Agriculture and Food

Plant sciences professor Paul Gepts, who leads the UC Davis bean breeding program, has been selected as “distinguished scientist” for the 2017 Agropolis Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize for Agriculture and Food. The prize is given once every two years to recognize individuals for exemplary and promising contributions promoting innovative research, development and/or capacity building…

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