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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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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How much drought can a forest take? Aerial tree mortality surveys show patterns of tree death during extreme drought

Quick Summary Trees in the driest, densest forests are most vulnerable to dying in extreme drought Effects of extreme drought on forests can take years to surface High tree mortality rates likely to continue as drought effects linger Why do some trees die in a drought and others don’t? And how can we predict where…

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Arabica coffee genome sequenced: Coincides with birth of California-grown specialty coffee industry

Quick Summary Will help develop disease-resistant varieties adaptable to climate change Sequence also key to improving coffee quality Aromatic Geisha variety used for sequencing WATCH THE VIDEO The first public genome sequence for Coffea arabica, the species responsible for more than 70 percent of global coffee production, was released on January 13 by researchers at…

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