Video: Plant Breeding Media Tour in Davis and Woodland, California

This “Plant Breeding Media Tour” video features academic and industry breeders and seed producers. From UC Davis, Ph.D. students Kimberley Gibson (bean breeding) and Saarah Kuzey are featured, along with Professor Kent Bradford, director of the Seed Biotechnology Center (SBC) at UC Davis, and Allen Van Deynze, research director of the SBC. Bradford addresses the…

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Regulatory Barriers to the Development of Innovative Agricultural Biotechnology by Small Businesses and Universities

New CAST issue paper, co-authored by Professor Kent Bradford at UC Davis, examines the current U.S. regulatory system for GE crops, compares it with those of major trading partners, and considers the effects it has on agricultural biotechnology. The authors of this paper demonstrate that the current process-based U.S. biotechnology regulatory system is a barrier…

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U.S. and German Plant Scientists Explore International Partnership

Daniel Potter and Astrid Volder, professors in the Dept. of Plant Sciences, are working with international colleagues to explore an international partnership in plant sciences. CEPLAS – Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences – a consortium of plant sciences researchers from several German institutions, recently initiated discussions with plant sciences programs at several U.S. universities…

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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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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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