Development of an Automated Delivery System for Therapeutic Materials to Treat HLB-infected Citrus (Citrus Greening Disease)

Louise Ferguson, a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis and with UC Cooperative Extension, is a Co-PI in a $3.4 million USDA NIFA-funded project, “Development of an automated delivery system for therapeutic materials to treat HLB-infected citrus.” The four-year project is based at University of Florida, UC Davis/UC Cooperative…

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Weed Day 2018

A sold-out crowd attended the 62nd annual Weed Day at UC Davis to learn about weed control practices; herbicide resistance and symptomology; aquatic weeds; weed management in vineyards, orchards, beans, and rice; and weed identification (including apps for weed ID). Weed Day is coordinated by the UC Weed Research and Information Center. Participants include academics…

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New Insight Into Why Pierce’s Disease is So Deadly to Grapevines: Research could help diagnose disease early and increase plant health

Scientists are gaining a better understanding of Pierce’s disease and how it affects grapevines. The disease, which annually costs California more than $100 million, comes from a bacterium called Xylella fastidiosa. While the bacterium has been present in the state for more than 100 years, Pierce’s disease became a more serious threat to agriculture with…

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New Insight Into Unique Plant Chemical Could Inform Future Drug Development

Researchers, including Daniel Kliebenstein in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis, and researchers at the University of Copenhagen, have unearthed new insight into a plant compound that could be used to help develop improved herbicides and treatments for human disease. Their study, published in the journal eLife, addresses the question of how natural…

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Joe DiTomaso Receives Outstanding Research Award, Weed Science Society of America

Joe DiTomaso, professor and Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis, received the Outstanding Research Award from the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA). The award is for researchers who have demonstrated originality and creativity and whose work has had an impact in the field of weed science. The award…

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Kassim Al-Khatib: New Director of the Weed Research and Information Center

Plant Sciences professor and Cooperative Extension specialist Kassim Al-Khatib is the new director of the Weed Research and Information Center, an interdisciplinary collaboration that fosters research in weed management and facilitates distribution of associated knowledge for the benefit of agriculture and for the preservation of natural resources. Al-Khatib’s research interests are in herbicide drift, herbicide…

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Marie Jasieniuk: David W. Staniforth Memorial Lecture

Plant Sciences professor Marie Jasieniuk was invited to give the twenty-seventh annual David W. Staniforth Memorial Lecture at Iowa State University in October. Her presentation was “Managing the Evolution of Weed Adaptations.” Jasieniuk’s expertise is in the evolution, population genetics, molecular ecology, and management of herbicide-resistant weeds. She is an international expert in the population…

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