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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Celery: Why?

by Natalie Jacewicz, NPR Celery, the mild-mannered straight man of the vegetable world, packs a puny six calories per stalk and — in my opinion — about as much flavor as a desk lamp. Yet despite its limitations, the fibrous plant has featured in Mediterranean and East Asian civilizations for thousands of years. The paradox…

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Gene Blocking Lettuce Germination also Regulates Flowering Time: Discovery Could Be Crucial for Adapting to Climate Change

By Pat Bailey, UC Davis News and Media Relations Quick Summary Gene functions by acting on certain microRNAs Process helps adapt timing of seed dormancy and flowering to environmental conditions Findings important for $1.9 billion U.S. lettuce industry Like most annuals, lettuce plants live out their lives in quiet, three-act dramas that follow the seasons….

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