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In Memoriam: James Lyons, Professor Emeritus, Vegetable Crops, UC Davis

January 23, 2020
Jim Lyons, professor emeritus of Vegetable Crops (Plant Sciences) at UC Davis, passed away at age 90. His many accomplishments include serving as CA&ES associate dean, founding the UC ANR statewide IPM program, and serving as assistant director of the Agricultural Experiment Station.

CDFA Awards $1.5 Million for Nutrient Management Projects through FREP Grant Program

January 10, 2020
Three from UC Davis — Patrick Brown and Mark Lundy (Plant Sciences) and Thomas Harter (LAWR) — received grants from the CDFA Fertilizer Research and Education Program. Seven recipients received $1.5 million to improve nitrogen efficiency, reduce environmental impacts, and advance best management practices for fertilizer application in farmlands.

Australia’s Wildfires in a California Context

January 08, 2020
Forest ecologist Malcolm North, with USDA and UC Davis Plant Sciences, helps put Australia’s wildfires into a California context, and what can be learned.

Happy Holidays from Plant Sciences, UC Davis

December 19, 2019
Happy holidays to our Plant Sciences faculty, staff, students, alumni, and to all of our partners and friends who work with us on pressing issues in plant and environmental sciences. Enjoy this stunning photo of giant sequoias by Zane Moore, a Ph.D. student in our department, who works with Professor David Neale. Neale’s lab is sequencing the giant sequoia.

Small Grain Growers Have Seasonal Harvest Options (Mark Lundy Research)

December 19, 2019
Flexible harvest options may allow growers to plant small grains in the winter, rather than fallow ground, out of concern that there will not be adequate water or strong markets to justify the crop. Research by Plant Sciences faculty member Mark Lundy.

UC Davis Has 10 New Fellows in AAAS, Including Dina St. Clair, Department of Plant Sciences

November 26, 2019
Ten UC Davis faculty members have been elected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, including Dina St. Clair, a professor in the Department of Plant Sciences. She was elected in the Section on Agriculture, Food, and Renewable Resources for her work on plant breeding and genetics.

Videos: Two Plant Sciences Classes — Botany and Physiology of Cultivated Plants, and Vegetable Crop Production

November 25, 2019
Two of the undergraduate courses in Plant Sciences at UC Davis (PLS 002 and PLS 110) prepare students for post-graduation jobs and careers. Four short videos show the hands-on opportunities that students get to explore introductory and upper level concepts related to plant science and plant production. Instructors include Jeff Mitchell, Gail Taylor, and Peter Freer-Smith.

Kester, a Productive Late Bloom Almond Variety from University of California, Davis

November 21, 2019
Kester almond was developed at the University of California, Davis, Almond Breeding Program with support from the Almond Board of California. The program was developed to breed new varieties and germplasm to meet the emerging needs of the expanding California almond industry. Professor Tom Gradziel in Plant Sciences, has conducted much of the research.

Eduardo Blumwald and Jorge Dubcovsky are Highly Cited Researchers Again

November 19, 2019
Eduardo Blumwald and Jorge Dubcovsky are among 16 UC Davis researchers who have been named in the annual Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list. The list identifies scientists and social scientists who have published multiple papers ranking in the top 1 percent by citations. Both are Distinguished Professors in the Department of Plant Sciences.

Hellman Fellowships Arrive at Just the Right Time

November 13, 2019
Awards for UC Davis’ Hellman Fellows, Class of 2019, total $250,000. The Hellman Fellows program in its 12 years at UC Davis surpassed $3 million in total awards, given to 148 faculty. Barbara Blanco-Ulate, Department of Plant Sciences, is one of this year’s recipients.