Alan B. Bennett

Alan Bennett

Position Title
Distinguished Professor and Director of PIPRA

  • Faculty
1117 PRB
UC Davis, One Shields Ave, Davis CA 95616


  • Ph.D., Cornell University; Plant Biology, 1982
  • B.S., University of California, Davis; Plant Physiology, 1977

Research interests and expertise: 

Molecular biology of tomato fruit development and ripening; cell wall disassembly; intellectual property rights in agriculture; university-based innovation; plant association with diazotrophic microbiomes

Current teaching: 

  • Ethics in Genomics and Biotechnology; BIT 171 (winter quarter)
  • Plant Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory; BIT 161B (spring quarter)

Prizes, Awards, Honors:

  • Chancellor's International Engagement Acheivement Award , 2017
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2005
  • Senior Fellow, California Council for Science and Technology

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  • Tomato
  • Molecular biology
  • Fruit ripening
  • Cell wall disassembly
  • Diazotrophic
  • Microbiome