UC Davis Students Breed Beans for Organic Farming: New Varieties Will Be High Yield, Disease Resistant

Quick Summary Field tests have begun on high-yield, disease-resistant organic beans Hope is to have varieties available for commercial production after 2020 Researchers are breeding fast-growing plants to outcompete weeds Graduate students at the University of California, Davis, have begun field tests on very rare commodities: high-yield, disease-resistant bean varieties that can thrive on organic…

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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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I’m a fourth-generation California farmer: My research is one reason to support the University of California

I might be just the kind of person the state’s founders envisioned when on March 23, 1868 – 150 years ago Friday – they chartered the University of California. A fourth-generation California rice grower, I was able to go to a world-class university and pursue an advanced degree, thanks to California’s system of public higher…

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Paul Gepts receives Chancellor’s Award for International Engagement at UC Davis

Plant Sciences distinguished professor Paul Gepts was one of three recipients of the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for International Engagement at UC Davis. At a reception on March 2, Gepts received the award from UC Davis Chancellor Gary May. Honoring Gepts at the ceremony were: Joanna Regulska (Vice provost and associate chancellor, Global Affairs) Helene Dillard…

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Native Wildflowers Bank on Seeds Underground to Endure Drought

Exotic Grasses Depleted Seed Bank Accounts During Drought While Natives Were Saved Quick Summary Native wildflowers saved a lot of seeds during California’s drought — 201 percent more than usual Exotic grasses decreased their seed bank by 52 percent during the drought Drought-tolerant wildflowers enjoyed the greatest increases Effects of a prolonged drought remain unknown,…

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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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UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy – Class VII Starts in September 2018 (Register now; discount before March 31, 2018)

The UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) is a professional certificate program, offered since 2006, with classes in the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. To date, the course has trained more than 380 breeders. More than 70 percent of participants are from the private seed industry. Class VII of the PBA in Davis, California,…

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