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Obituary: Lynn W. Gallagher left an indelible mark on barley, barley industry

January 19, 2021

Lynn W. Gallagher, professor emeritus and barley breeder at the University of California, Davis, died on Dec. 15, 2020. He was 77.

Gallagher was born in San Francisco and raised in Marin County. He earned a B.A. in political science at UC Davis with his sights set on a law career. After his graduation, he joined the peace corps where he taught primary school for two years on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, before joining an agricultural project on the shores of Lake Turkana in Kenya.

The International Crop Science Award bestowed on Paul Gepts, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences

December 17, 2020

Paul Gepts, distinguished professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, received the International Crop Science Award from the Crop Science Society of America. The award recognizes positive changes realized for crops at the international level with an emphasis on creativity and innovation.

Gepts, a renowned plant geneticist, has led many international projects and collaborations that focus on the domestication of the common bean, Phaseolus vulgaris. In fact, more than 40 percent of his published research has involved an international co-authorship.

FFAR, Benson Hill grant $1,855,162 to UC Davis to study the Sierra Mixe corn variety’s remarkable ability to glean nitrogen from atmosphere

December 14, 2020

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research, or FFAR, has awarded a Seeding Solutions grant to the University of California, Davis to study how the microbial community hosted by the Sierra Mixe corn variety provides atmospheric nitrogen to the plant. Seeding Solutions grants are awarded annually in six different challenge groups recognized by the FFAR, with this one falling under “Next Generation Crops.” The grant was matched by Benson Hill for a total investment of $1,855,162