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  • carrots

    Carrot genome paints colorful picture of domestication

    5/18/2016 - Genome sequencing reveals how carrots have become good at accumulating carotenoids, the pigment compounds that give them their characteristic colors and nutritional richness. This could help improve carrots and related crops. More...

  • Kent Bradford and Alfred Huo

    Gene blocking lettuce germination also regulates flowering time: Discovery could be crucial for adapting to climate change

    5/12/2016 - Kent Bradford and Alfred Huo found that lettuce could be prevented from flowering by increasing the expression of a microRNA, which prevented the plant from transitioning to adulthood and flowering. More...

  • 13th Solanaceae Conference

    13th Solanaceae Conference, SolGenomics: Advances to Applications

    4/14/2016 - This international conference brings together over 300 scientists and students to discuss the latest advances in genomics and applications for understanding and producing solanaceous plants and crops. More...

  • forgotten crops may hold key to nutritional security

    Forgotten crops may hold key to nutritional security

    3/18/2016 - UC Davis is partnering in a global plant-breeding consortium that is fighting malnutrition and poverty in Africa by improving the traditional crops of the continent. More...

  • Jim Beutel

    In memoriam: Jim Beutel, retired pomologist

    1/26/2016 - UC Davis pomologist Jim Beutel, who worked on fruit tree diseases and the introduction of new fruits to California, died at the age of 88. More...

  • sugar pine

    Genome sequencing may save California’s legendary sugar pine

    12/16/2015 - The genome of California’s legendary sugar pine, which naturalist John Muir declared to be “king of the conifers” more than a century ago, has been sequenced by a research team led by UC Davis scientists, including David Neale, Charles Langley, and Kristian Stevens. The sugar pine genome is 10 times the size of the human genome. More...

  • walnuts

    The walnut genome has been cracked

    12/11/2015 - David Neale and Chuck Langley have for the first time sequenced the genome of a commercial walnut variety. The information should accelerate the rate of breeding and variety improvement in walnuts and help breeders select for desired traits. More...

  • Organic plant breeding program

    New organic plant breeding program

    12/7/2015 - Providing growers with seeds specially bred for organic farming. More...

  • Time to replace lawns and gardens

    Fall is the time to replace lawns and gardens with water-wise plants

    11/2/2015 - Fall is the best time of year to plant," said Loren Oki in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis. More...

  • UC Davis and Pakistan

    UC Davis and Pakistan: $17 million food and agricultural partnership

    10/30/2015 - New U.S.–Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Agriculture and Food Security. More...

  • Richard Michelmore and Jeff Mitchell receive grants

    Specialty-crops grants for lettuce and conservation agriculture projects

    10/15/2015 - Richard Michelmore and Jeff Mitchell both receive specialty crop grants.


  • Chile California Conference

    Chile–California Conference, October 17, at UC Davis

    10/13/2015 - The fourth Chile–California Conference will be held at UC Davis on Saturday, October 17. Participants from the Dept. of Plant Sciences include Professor Paul Gepts, and Ph.D. students Karla Cordero and Macarena Farcuh. More...






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  • Picnic Day 2016

    Picnic Day 2016

    4/19/2016 - The Department of Plant Sciences puts on many terrific exhibits at Picnic Day, all of which show visitors about the department’s research and education, along with great opportunities in the world of plants. See the Plant Sciences Facebook page for more photos. More...

  • UC Davis flooding farms to restore groundwater

    UC Davis is flooding farms to restore groundwater

    1/26/2016 - Professors Ken Shackel and Helen Dahlke are working with almond grower Nick Blom on replenishing underground aquifers. See the full article by Kat Kerlin. More...

  • students learn tillage and crop rotation

    Students learn tillage and crop rotation

    12/7/2015 - This creative video was made by students in the PLS 110A class, fall 2015. More...

  • Garry Pearson

    UC People: Garry Pearson

    9/10/2015 - Garry Pearson, principal agricultural superintendent at UC Davis talks about his work in California and further afield. More...

  • Postharvest

    Keeping it fresh

    8/20/2015 - The UC Davis Postharvest Technology Center works to reduce postharvest losses and improve the quality, safety, and marketability of fresh horticultural products. More...

  • Plant Sciences 10 year anniversary celebration

    Photos: Plant Sciences celebrates 10 years

    3/4/2015 - The Department looked back on a decade in the making recently with an anniversary event hosting about 300 people, where Chris Van Kessel was lauded for his great efforts in unifying Plant Sciences. More...

  • Salu Ribeiro

    Biotech grad featured on NPR

    3/3/2015 - UC Davis Biotechnology graduate Salu Ribeiro is featured in science video. More...

  • George Tibbitts

    Voices from the Drought: Rice grower George Tibbitts

    12/19/2014 - UC Davis alum George Tibbitts has worked closely with Plant Sciences faculty for the latest research in sustainable farming. More...

  • Trial and error for Veg Crops class

    Trial and error for Veg Crops class

    12/10/2014 - Students from Jeff Mitchell’s PLS 110C Vegetable Crops Production course put together videos to share their adventures and pitfalls in growing spinach. Video 1 | Video 2

  • Pumpkin Festival 2014

    Pumpkin Social & Chili Cookoff 2014

    10/30/2014 - Department members and families gathered Oct. 8 for a carving contest, barbecue, hayrides, pumpkin pickin’ and more -- all under 94 degrees in the sun! Photo gallery...

  • One California: The future of farming

    One California: The Future of Farming

    10/13/2014 - From our land-grant university tradition to our renowned College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis is growing the future of agriculture with farmers like the Mullers every day. More...

  • Theresa Costa - Biotechnology advisor

    Advising in the Biotechnology Major at UC Davis

    10/7/2014 - A snappy, new video by biotechnology students Lauren Salinero, Alex Wai, Devin Humpal and others in the Biotechnology Club offers tips on navigating the program. More...

  • Dan Putnam

    UC Davis and Netafim team up for Alfalfa Field Day

    Plant Sciences CE Specialist Dan Putnam teamed up with Netafim to showcase subsurface drip irrigation for a recent alfalfa field tour. More...

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