Tracking Down Transposable Elements in Maize: New Map Will Aid Research and Breeding Efforts

Overview: A new map of transposons in maize will help identify the role of transposable elements, and help with the breeding of maize, a major global crop. Transposable elements (also called transposons or “jumping genes”) have been an elusive DNA component for decades, primarily because they’ve been so difficult to sequence and assemble, until now….

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Miller Plant Science Award Recipients

The Milton D. and Mary M. Miller Plant Science Award at UC Davis provides grants to students and Cooperative Extension employees with career interests in Cooperative Extension and plant sciences. This year had the highest number of applicants. Recipients of this year’s award: Graduate Students (by graduate group) Horticulture and Agronomy: Kelsey DeRose, Liberty Galvin,…

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Women in STEM (new website)

Campus recently launched the UC Davis Women in STEM web page, https://www.ucdavis.edu/women-stem. The page includes profiles, videos, resources, and news about campus initiatives and efforts to recruit, support, and advance women in STEM fields. People across campus are welcome to share the content, as appropriate, with their key audiences. You can link to the page…

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What Can I Do With My Major? (New blog)

Strategic Communications recently launched the “What Can I Do With My Major?” blog at https://www.ucdavis.edu/majors/blog/. The page includes posts on specific majors, alumni, students, and “how to get through the college system and get a job.” Content can come from students, alumni, faculty, staff, advisors, and industry. Here’s another good opportunity to add content and…

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Georgia Drakakaki Receives Greek Diaspora Fellowship

Georgia Drakakaki from the University of California, Davis, was awarded a fellowship by The Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to Greece to work on “Chemical genomics research, training and education in plant growth and productivity” in collaboration with Prof. Polydefkis Hatzopoulos at the Agricultural University of Athens. Drakakaki, an associate professor in the Department…

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Plant Sciences Symposium 2017

Registration is open for the student-organized UC Davis Plant Sciences Symposium, an annual event which brings together researchers in academia, industry, and the nonprofit sector to discuss the latest advances in the field of plant sciences. Sixth annual UC Davis Plant Sciences Symposium April 24, 2017 UC Davis Conference Center Keynote Speakers: Rex Bernardo (University…

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Overview of the Department of Plant Sciences

Department Formation The Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis was created in 2004 by consolidating four commodity-based departments: Agronomy and Range Science, Environmental Horticulture, Pomology, and Vegetable Crops. The Plant Sciences department is now one of the leading departments in the country, focusing on plant, agricultural, and environmental sciences. Combining faculty from four departments…

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