Downy Mildew Research to Benefit Lettuce Growers and Consumers: Funds Will Support Genomics Research for $3 Billion Crop

Quick Summary Downy mildew is the most economically important pathogen infecting lettuce Research to benefit conventional and organic farmers and reduce crop loss Research will provide consumers food grown using fewer chemicals Researchers at the University of California, Davis, will use the genomics of lettuce to combat a pathogen that causes losses in the $3…

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Weed Day 2018

A sold-out crowd attended the 62nd annual Weed Day at UC Davis to learn about weed control practices; herbicide resistance and symptomology; aquatic weeds; weed management in vineyards, orchards, beans, and rice; and weed identification (including apps for weed ID). Weed Day is coordinated by the UC Weed Research and Information Center. Participants include academics…

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Gene Salad: Lettuce Genome Assembly Published

Represents most successful group of flowering plants  On April 12, 2017, UC Davis researchers announced in Nature Communications that they have unlocked a treasure-trove of genetic information about lettuce and related plants, releasing the first comprehensive genome assembly for lettuce and the huge Compositae plant family. Garden lettuce, or Lactuca sativa, is the plant species that includes a salad bar’s…

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Researchers See More Overhead Irrigation in California’s Future

Overhead irrigation systems have revolutionized agriculture across the United States and in other parts of the world, using less water than furrow irrigation and requiring significantly less labor and maintenance than drip systems. But in California — the nation’s No. 1 agriculture state — overhead irrigation hasn’t gotten off the ground. That could be changing,…

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