Breeding a Better Strawberry: Scientists Uncover Genetic Roadmap of Cultivated Strawberry

Consumers want strawberries to be red, sweet, ripe and juicy, like those fresh picked from a garden. Suppliers want them to be easy to handle and ship, without getting squished. Commercial strawberry growers need their crops to be high-yielding and disease-resistant. An international team of scientists led by the University of California, Davis, and Michigan…

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Florence Zakharov: New Director of UC Postharvest Technology Center

Florence Zakharov, associate professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, is the new director of the Postharvest Technology Center, succeeding Trevor Suslow, Cooperative Extension research specialist emeritus. In her director’s note in the center’s January newsletter, Zakharov said: “I have been involved with the center since joining the faculty of the Department of Plant Sciences…

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Horticulture Innovation Lab Students Take Top Honors in ‘Agrilinks Young Scholar Blog Contest’

This fall the Agrilinks website held a young scholar blog contest to draw attention to the digital, first-hand stories of the next generation of global food security researchers. Plucked out of a sea of provoking narratives, blog posts penned by three students from the Horticulture Innovation Lab’s network were honored in the competition: Lauren Howe, a UC Davis student pursuing a master’s degree in…

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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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Fresh-cut Products Workshop: The Science and Art of Quality and Safety

This workshop, held on the UC Davis campus, September 18-20, 2018 (Tues.–Thurs), provides an intensive and substantive overview of fresh-cut product physiology, production, hygienic facility and equipment design, wash water management, film and packaging design principles and practical selection, sensory evaluation, and distribution. Participants will gain working knowledge of established and new procedures through topic-related…

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Trevor Suslow: Education Award for Salinas Valley Agriculture

Trevor V. Suslow, Cooperative Extension specialist, Department of Plant Sciences, and director of the Postharvest Center, recently received the 2017 Valley of the World Education Award given by the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas. The center established its Valley of the World Awards to honor key figures in the Salinas Valley agricultural industry. “In the…

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