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2020 Fall Promotions Seminar Series - Organized by Maeli Melotto
Wednesdays, 12:10-1:00 pm, seminar delivered via Zoom (seminar announcements will have login information)
- August 19 | Diane Beckles | Integrative approaches to studying plant responses to challenging environments: from seed to postharvest
- August 26 | Georgia Drakakaki | Plant cell dynamics and cell wall development during plant growth and stress response
- August 28 | Li Tian | Unraveling and leveraging phenolic and carotenoid metabolism for crop improvement *
- September 2 | Maeli Melotto | Cross-kingdom molecular battles in the phyllosphere
- September 9 | Cameron Pittelkow | Towards systems-level sustainability in agronomy: balancing production and environmental goals
- September 23 | Heiner Lieth | TBA
- September 30 | Carlos Crisosto | A Flavorful Career, 30 Years From Fruits to Nuts
- October 7 | Brad Hanson | TBA
- October 14 | Mingcheng Luo | Reference sequence assemblies for large and complex wheat and highly heterozygous walnut genomes.
- October 21 | Steven Knapp | Genome-Informed Strategies for Increasing Genetic Gain and Accelerating Cultivar Development in Strawberry
- October 28 | Patrick Brown | Nitrogen Management in Perennial Agroecosystems: Biological Principles, Regulatory Guidance and Barriers to Change
- November 4 | Gail Taylor | Plants for food and energy in a changing climate
- January 15 | Lucy Kerhoulas, Humboldt State University | "Crown-scale Physiology and Ecology of Tall Sitka Spruce"
- January 29 | Thomas Tai, USDA-ARS Crops Pathology and Genetics Research Unit & UC Davis Plant Sciences | "Generation and characterization of novel genetic variation in rice"
- February 5 | David Acker, Iowa State University | "How Can School Gardens Contribute to Student Success? A Case From Rural Uganda"
- February 12 | Mohsen B. Mesgaran, Department of Plant Sciences | “A deeper look at weeds with deep learning”
- February 19 | Juan M. Debernardi, Postdoc, Department of Plant Sciences | “ A new technology that greatly improves regeneration efficiency of transgenic plants in multiple species”
- February 26 | Celine Caseys, Postdoctoral researcher working with Dan Kliebenstein | “Plants vs Botrytis: Quantitative interactions drive the disease outcome across the plant kingdom”
- March 4 | Mengyuan Xiao, Department of Plant Sciences | "Pepper Breeding for Fruit Size and Sunscald Tolerance in Organic Environments"
- March 11 | Ella Katz, Post doc, Department of Plant Sciences | "Genetics, Geography and Environment shape glucosinolatevariation in Arabidospisthaliana" | Video
- September 11 | Amélie Gaudin | "Cross-scale insights into the development of sustainable and resilient agroecosystems" | Video *
- September 25 | Dr. Astrid Volder, Associate Professor, Dept. of Plant Sciences and Courtney Nichols, Ph.D. student, Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group | “Current Research in Root-Soil Dynamics”
- October 2 | Dr. Arnold J. Bloom - Distinguished Professor, Dept. Plant Sciences and Dr. Xiaoxiao Shi - Postdoc, Dept. Plant Sciences | “Dangerous Ideas about Plant Carbon/Nitrogen Relations” | Video *
- October 16 | Dr. Amanda Crump, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Dept. Plant Sciences and Ana Zepeda, Graduate Student, International Agricultural Development | “Learning About Resilient Communities” | Video
- October 23 | Dr. Amélie Gaudin - Assistant Professor, Dept. Plant Sciences and Jennifer Schmidt - PhD Student, Horticulture and Agronomy | “Conducting the Rhizosphere Symphony: How Plants Change Their Tune”
- October 30 | Dr. Steve Knapp, Professor, Dept. of Plant Sciences and Dr. Michael Hardigan, Postdoc, Dept. of Plant Sciences | "Genome-Informed Breeding in Strawberry"
- November 6 | Dr. Richard Michelmore - Distinguished Professor, Dept. Plant Sciences and Dr. Kyle Fletcher - Postdoc, Dept. Plant Sciences | "The Influenza Paradigm for More Durable Disease Resistance: So Many Genomes…So Many Genes…So Little Time...”
- November 13 | Dr. Valerie Eviner - Professor, Dept. Plant Sciences and Evan Batzer - PhD Candidate, Ecology | “Unraveling ecological complexity: Improving our ability to understand, predict and manage plant communities and ecosystems”
- November 20 | Dr. Mary Cadenasso - Professor, Dept. Plant Sciences and Jasmin Green - PhD Student, Ecology | “Turf wars: Implications of drought tolerant landscaping for water conservation and heat in Sacramento”
- December 4 | Dr. Troy Magney - Assistant Professor, Dept. Plant Sciences and Eliot Meeker - PhD Student, Chemical Engineering | “Shedding a New Light on Global Photosynthesis: From Satellite to the Leaf”
- April 10 | Ecophysiologists in PLS | "Future research, collaborations (and cries for help); flash talks by ecophysiologists in Plant Sciences"
- April 17 | Gislene Ganade | "Across scale restoration strategies for tropical dry lands"
- April 24 | Tom Buckley-Dongliang Xiong | "Adventures in irreproducibility: stomatal responses to water status in ABA mutants"
- May 1 | Various | "Plant Sciences grad students flash talks (5 mins) and Graduate Research Presentation Award"
- May 8 | Michael Rawls | "Effects of dormant drought stress on Almond (Prunis dulcis) bloom; Or, What if it doesn’t rain in the winter?"
- May 15 | Astrid Volder | "Perennial root systems: how the upside affects the downside"
- May 22 | Gary Muehlbauer | "Genetics of tillering and leaf patterning in barley"
- May 29 | Katie Driver | "Bearded Sprangletop Control in California Rice"
- March 13 | Dr. Marcia DeLonge, Union of Concerned Scientists | "Turning research into advocacy: Case studies in agroecology"
- March 6 | Dr. Julie Dawson, University of Wisconsin - Madison | "Seed to Kitchen: evaluating culinary quality in organic variety development"
- February 20 | Dr. Atena Haghighattalab, University of Minnesota | "Crawling out of my silo: High-throughput phenotyping of large breeding nurseries"
- February 6 | Steffen Abel, Director, Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry | "Phosphate-metal interactions govern root development" | Video *
- January 23 | Dr. Oliver Dong, Ronald Lab, Dept. of Plant Pathology, UC Davis | "Marker-free carotenoid-enriched rice generated through high-efficiency targeted gene insertion using CRISPR-Cas9"
- December 12 | Allen Van Deynze and Theresa Hill | "Mechanical harvesting is essential for the processing industry"
- December 5 | Maeli Melotto & Cristian Jacob | "Breeding for enhanced crop safety: A case study of lettuce and human pathogens"
- November 28 | Lucas McKinnon & Philip Day | "Factors involved in the targeting, assembly and processing activity of chloroplast membrane proteins" | * From the laboratory of the late Prof. Kentaro Inoue
- November 13 | Bruce Linquist & Daniela Carrijo, Plant Sciences | "Irrigation management in rice for multiple environmental outcomes"
- November 7 | John Yoder and Yaxin Wang, Plant Sciences | "Subterranean signaling between host and parasitic plants: the role of redox reactions"
- October 31 | Ken Shackel & Vadim Volkov, Plant Sciences | "Nanoporous silicon water potential sensors: Have we found the Holy Grail?"
- October 24 | Mohsen Mesgaran & Maor Matzrafi, Plant Sciences | "Exploitation of sex for weed management" | Video *
- October 18 | Jorge Dubcovsky, Plant Sciences | "Unraveling hidden variation in polyploid wheat using sequenced mutant populations" | Juan M. Debernardi | "Using mutants and transgenic plants to understand wheat spike development"
- October 10 | Georgia Drakakaki & Michel Rosquete, Plant Sciences | "Endomembrane dynamics in cell wall build-up and plant stress response"
- October 3 | Professor Zvi Peleg, Hebrew University of Jerusalem | "Saving roots for rainy days"
- September 26 | Professor Graham D. Farquhar, Australian National University | "Optimal water use and the intersection of photorespiration and N metabolism" | Video *
- September 19 | Valerie Eviner, UC Davis | "Improving our ability to understand and manage ecosystems by linking population, community, ecosystem and landscape ecology" | Video *
- September 12 | Leslie Roche, UC Davis | "Sustaining working rangelands" | Video *
- August 29 | Markita del Carpio Landry, UC Berkeley | "High aspect ratio nanomaterials enable delivery of functional genetic material without DNA integration in mature points" | Video *
- June 6 | Markus Stetter, Plant Sciences | "Genetic constraints hindered amaranth domestication despite convergent trait evolution"
- May 30 | Joanna Solins, Plant Sciences | "Riparian vegetation to urban stream conditions"
- May 23 | Blandine Nacoulma, UC Davis | "Why do elephants attack baobab (Adansonia digitate L.) in protected areas of Burkina Faso? Towards a strategy for species conservation"
- May 16 | John McKay, Colorado State University | "Commercializing genetic discoveries for maximizing sustainable production of Cannabis and Maize"
- May 9 | Paula Rodrigues Oblessuc, Plant Sciences | "New insights in the growth-defense tradeoffs in plants"
- May 2 | Bruce Lampinen, Plant Sciences | "Understanding limitations to yield of almond and walnut" | Video
- April 25 | Tom Buckley, Plant Sciences | "Using models as research tools in plant ecophysiology" | Video *
- April 18 | Dan Kliebenstein, Plant Sciences | "The illusion of simplicity in nutrition breeding"
- April 11 | Jorge Dubcovsky, Plant Sciences | "Using sequenced mutant populations for wheat breeding" | Video *
- March 14 | Tim Brodribb, University of Tasmania, Australia | "Visualizing Drought-induced Hydraulic Failure in Leaves, Stems and Roots, in Real Time" | Video
- March 7 | Elisabeth Forrestel, UC Davis | "Evolutionary Perspectives on Grassland Structure and Function"
- February 28 | Emilio Laca, UC Davis | "A Practical Model of Grazing Management to Control Invasive Plants" | Video
- February 21 | Leonie Bentsink, Department of Plant Sciences, Wageningen University and Research | "How Does Nature Regulate the Seed Life Span?"
- February 14 | Bob Hutmacher, UC Davis | "Fusarium Resistance Challenges in Cotton, and Drought and Salinity Research at West Side REC"
- February 7 | Kent Bradford, UC Davis | "Understanding Biological Variation"
- January 31 | Dave Grantz, UC Riverside | "Effects of Particulate Air Pollutants on Plant Water Relations"
- January 24 | Charlie Brummer, UC Davis | “Can We Improve Alfalfa Yield? Lessons From Breeding and Genomics”
- January 10 | Eduardo Blumwald, UC Davis | “Roles of NHX-type Cation/H+ antiporters in cellular ion and pH homeostasis” | Video *
- Sept 6 | Matthew Gilbert, UC Davis | "How can we adapt crops to water limited environments" | Video
- October 25 | Parsa Tehranchian, Postdoc research Associate, Marie Jasieniuk | "Multiple herbicide resistance in California Italian ryegrass"
- November 1 | Annabelle Damerum, Ph.D. Student, Gail Taylor lab | "Improving the shelf life and nutritional quality of lettuce"
- November 8 | Elizabeth Arnold, Ph.D. student, Gail Taylor lab | "Manipulating the leaf microbiome for improved leafy salads"
- November 15 | Mariano Gallo, Ph.D. student, Al-Khatib/Hanson lab | "Walnut response to simulated rice herbicide drift"
- November 22 | Libby Rowland. Ph.D. student, Gail Taylor lab | "Improving Quality and Shelf Life of Culinary Herbs via Irrigation Scheduling"
- November 29 | Jeff Dahlberg, Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension (KARE) Director | "Sorghum in California? Why the Interest?”
- December 6 | Feras Almasri, Ph.D. student, Al-Khatib Lab | "Towards the search for Methyl Bromide alternatives"
* Video only available to Plant Sciences faculty