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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

University of California, Davis receives $959,997 investment to increase dietary fiber in commercial wheat products

December 14, 2020

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research, or FFAR, has awarded a $479,997 grant to the University of California, Davis to increase the dietary fiber content in wheat products. The grant is part of the annual Seeding Solutions program that funds pioneering research in six different challenge areas, with this one falling under “Health-Agriculture Nexus.”

Bay State Milling, California Wheat Commission and LimaGrain Cereal Seeds provided matching funds for a total investment of $959,997.

Two Professors in the Department of Plant Sciences Elected as AAAS Fellows

November 30, 2020

Two professors in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California, Davis have been elected in this year’s class of fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society. Part of their cohort were nine other UC Davis professors, bringing the campus-wide total of elected AAAS fellows to 11.

The association elevates members to the rank of fellow in recognition of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Cameron Pittelkow receives ASA Early Career Award from the American Society of Agronomy

November 12, 2020

The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) has presented Cameron Pittelkow, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis, with the ASA Early Career Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of agronomy since earning his Ph.D in 2013. The ceremony was virtually broadcasted on November 12.

To be considered for the award, one must demonstrate that they have made an exceptional contribution to the field of agronomy within seven years of their most recent degree. From the award’s description, applicants are evaluated on the following contributions:

The Great Plant Sciences Pumpkin Carve Up of 2020

November 03, 2020

The Great Plant Sciences Pumpkin Carve Up of 2020 was a virtual gourd-to-gourd, so-to speak: students, faculty, and staff in the Department of Plant Sciences were asked to submit over email their best jack-o’-lanterns by October 30 for a chance to win a first-place prize. Taylorlab member Suzie Milner created a short video to commemorate the event. Please find that below.

Thank you to everyone who participated, and a big congratulations to Horticulture and Agronomy Ph.D candidate Paul Kasemsap for his winning entry, “How to Protect Our Community.”

Plant Sciences Students Demonstrate Their Creativity During Annual Undergraduate Research Week

October 29, 2020

Department of Plant Sciences Assistant Professor Barbara Blanco-Ulate represented her department for the second consecutive year in the annual Undergraduate Research Week, which lasted from October 12 to October 16. Coordinated by the Undergraduate Research Center (URC), the week-long celebration aims to develop interest in research opportunities for UC Davis students by inviting faculty members to celebrate the work of their undergraduates. Within Plant Sciences, the interest was strong: all 14 students nominated to present their research accepted the honor.

Plant Sciences community mourns loss of colleague and friend

October 14, 2020

The University of California flag will be flown at half-staff at the Memorial Union, Mrak Hall and the UC Davis Airport Oct. 13-15 in honor of Dena Gilday, beloved administrative staff with the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences.

Gilday, who managed travel reimbursements and gift and cash collections for the department, passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 8. The plant sciences community expressed an outpouring of love and loss for their friend and colleague.

The Barbara D. Webster Scholar Award

October 01, 2020

"This gift will make a tremendous impact that honors Barbara and her groundbreaking achievements as a leader and a woman in plant sciences who is fondly remembered by our long-serving faculty and staff,” said Gail Taylor, professor and chair of the Department of Plant Sciences.

Story by Kristin Burns

At 5 feet, 2 inches, Plant Sciences Professor Emerita Barbara D. Webster may have been petite in stature, but she was a powerhouse when it came to reducing barriers for women in academia.

The Late Professor Inoue Would Be Proud

September 08, 2020
Students Finish His and Their Research, Earn Ph.D.s By Kristin Burns

Four years after plant sciences professor Kentaro Inoue was struck and killed while riding his bike, the last three graduate students from his lab are ensuring his scientific legacy lives on through their published research, careers in industry and academia, and mentoring of future science students.

UCCE Sutter-Yuba-Colusa Continuing Education Seminars: Sept-Oct 2020

September 02, 2020

University of California Cooperative Extension Sutter-Yuba-Colusa is holding a series of webinars in September and October to provide research updates on some of the major crops in the Sacramento Valley. The classes are relevant to growers throughout California and are primarily focused on pest management and pesticide safety.