New Organic Plant Breeding Effort to Produce Novel Varieties and Train New Breeders

A new effort to provide California growers with seeds for tomato, bean, pepper and other crop varieties that are specially bred for organic farming has been launched at UC Davis. The organic plant-breeding project was developed in direct response to California organic growers, who have reported that the scarcity of seeds for cultivars that meet…

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UC Davis Wins Specialty-Crops Grants for Lettuce and Conservation Agriculture Projects

Improving lettuce crops is the aim of a new, $4.5 million grant, awarded to University of California, Davis, researchers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The five-year, renewable grant is part of USDA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative funding program, made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. This award is…

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New Center: Tools, Equipment, and Crops for Smallholder Farms in Developing Countries

[A new outdoor center, part of the Horticulture Innovation Lab at UC Davis, demonstrates tools used to help smallholder farmers in developing countries. There are African and Asian vegetables in raised beds, a solar-powered coldroom, a brick cooler, some solar dryers, and more.] Outdoor Center Displays Tools, Equipment, and Crops for Smallholder Farmers in Developing…

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