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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Combining Vegetables and Livestock in Cambodian Farming

New research supported by the Horticulture Innovation Lab at UC Davis aims to help farmers in Cambodia better integrate growing vegetables, raising livestock and maintaining healthy soil — all in the same place. “By understanding the interactions between horticulture and livestock systems, we can help farmers make better use of agricultural inputs such as fertilizer…

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New Apricot Research Can Help Farmers and Reduce Poverty in Tajikistan

Apricots offer farmers in southern Tajikistan a profitable opportunity — particularly when dried for export to foreign markets. The Horticulture Innovation Lab, led by the University of California, Davis, is supporting a new research project that focuses on improving postharvest practices for dried apricots. In a region where 10 percent of the population lives on…

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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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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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Inventing a Low-Cost Solution to Reduce Moldy Foods: ‘DryCard’ Takes the Guesswork Out of Drying

How do you see dryness? Solar drying is a simple way for smallholder farmers to preserve their harvest, but knowing when food is dry enough to store is complex. UC Davis researchers invented a low-cost, easy-to-use tool that farmers can use to measure food dryness, called the DryCardTM. In developing countries, mold growth on dried…

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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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