Drones help rice farmers hone fertilizer application and reduce crop fungal diseases

University of California rice researchers are exploring a more precise way of deciding whether the crop would benefit from a side-dress nitrogen fertilizer application, using drone-mounted cameras. Hand-held Greenseeker-normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) readings have already replaced color charts as a research tool for in-season fertilizer decisions, but drone photos of the normalized difference red…

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Using Machine Learning to Predict Metabolic Pathways in Tomatoes

Understanding the steps in metabolic pathways is important for understanding health and disease, whether in people or plants. But figuring out these biochemical pathways is difficult and time consuming. So why not have a machine do it? Scientists at UC Davis and Ben-Gurion University in Israel have applied machine learning (artificial intelligence) techniques to this…

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Processing Tomato Production (video #3 of 26)

Processing tomato production in California is a major success story with wide-ranging advances in production technologies that have been achieved through innovation in genetics, management, and mechanization during the past century. Advances such as the development of hybrid tomato varieties suitable for mechanical harvest and with uniform ripening, the mechanical harvester, and the widespread introduction…

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Horticultural Research Institute Funding for Mohsen Mesgaran to Assess Seed Quality

UC Davis Plant Sciences Professor Mohsen Mesgaran received research funding for 2019 from the Horticultural Research Institute for the project “Using Hyperspectral Technology to Assess Seed Quality of Horticultural Crops.” He is one of fifteen recipients from thirteen universities; a total of $437,200 was awarded to the fifteen projects. Mesgaran is an Assistant Professor in…

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Measuring Leaf Water Status: Tom Buckley Receives Seed Grant for International Partnership

Tom Buckley, professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, received a 2018–2019 Seed Grant from UC Davis Global Affairs for the project “Applying a Revolutionary New Method to Measure Leaf Water Potential in Intact, Functioning Leaves.” Global Affairs partners with UC Davis faculty to take on global innovative research, service, and engagement projects….

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Advanced Greenhouses Being Constructed at UC Davis for Plant Research

Next-level greenhouses are being built at the University of California, Davis, where faculty and students are conducting innovative research to keep plants plentiful, nutritious and resilient.  “These state-of-the-art greenhouses will benefit public breeding on so many important crops,” said Helene Dillard, dean of the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES). “Researchers will…

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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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