Avocados May Find a Place in Northern California Orchards to Meet Growing Consumer Demand

The good news for Sacramento Valley growers considering avocados is that U.S. consumption has mushroomed to nearly 2.5 billion pounds a year, and doubling every decade, as this versatile fruit has been discovered as a delicious, heart-healthy source of cholesterol-free fat. The sobering news, however, is that though the trees produce an impressive abundance of…

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Investing in 101 Futures: UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center Partnership with African Orphan Crops Consortium Prepares Underutilized Crops for Success

Crops like corn and rice have relished in research on breeding crop varieties for high yield and disease resistance. Traditional African crops, such as spider plant, finger millet, bambara groundnut or allanblackia, remain highly nutritious in a limited set of varieties but inaccessible. They are “orphaned” into low yielding varieties and limited markets. The UC…

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Coast Redwood and Giant Sequoia Mega-Genomes Sequenced: Sequencing Brings Modern Tools to Redwood Conservation Efforts

Scientists have successfully sequenced the coast redwood and giant sequoia genomes, completing the first major milestone of a five-year project to develop the tools necessary to study these forests’ genomic diversity. The research partners, composed of the University of California, Davis, Johns Hopkins University and the Save the Redwoods League, are making the data publicly…

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UC Davis Continues Long History of Agricultural Development in Egypt through USAID Project

UC Davis recently joined a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to bring agricultural expertise and training from four American land-grant universities to agricultural universities in Egypt. The five-year, $30 million project will establish a Center of Excellence for Agriculture at Cairo University. The goal is to equip faculty and students…

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Dee Madderra Receives “Disability Awareness Award” at Soaring to New Heights

Staff and faculty at UC Davis were honored with Diversity, Principles of Community, and Disability Awareness Awards at the 29th annual Soaring to New Heights event on April 10. More than 700 people attended the event. Five of the individual awards for disability awareness went to supervisors for their responsiveness to employees’ needs for accommodations….

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Enhancing Curricula for Students to Learn Globally

Preparing students for global challenges and opportunities is the goal of a new Curriculum Enhancement through Global Learning program at UC Davis. The program, spearheaded by Global Affairs, provides a professional learning opportunity for faculty to make their course content, teaching, and student experiences prepare the students to address global needs. Professor Li Tian in…

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“The Conifers: Genomes, Variation and Evolution” – New Book by David Neale and Nicholas Wheeler

A new book, The Conifers: Genomes, Variation and Evolution, by David B. Neale and Nicholas C. Wheeler is now available. Authors David B. Neale is a distinguished professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis. His research expertise is the genomics of forest trees. Along with his research and teaching, he is editor-in-chief of…

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