Food safety

Does livestock grazing benefit organic crops? Multistate research team explores impacts

May 20, 2020
To see if livestock grazing is beneficial in organic farming, or poses food safety risks, multistate research partners received a nearly $1 million grant from the USDA to study the impacts of livestock grazing cover crops on the bacterial population dynamics, soil building, and environmental health. Professor Amelie Gaudin, Plant Sciences, is part of the research team.

Would You Eat Ugly Produce? Beth Mitcham Explains Quality

October 14, 2019
Postharvest specialist Beth Mitcham, a faculty member in the Plant Sciences department at UC Davis, compares quality and cost of “imperfect” fruits and vegetables to store-bought produce. She notes that imperfect produce can be just as good, less expensive, and reduce food waste. VIDEO: Good Morning America.

Gail Taylor Wants Watercress to Be the Next Kale (Podcast with Gail Taylor)

June 24, 2019
In this podcast, Gail Taylor talks about the difficulties in breeding leafy greens for food safety and why it’s imperative to begin thinking about how plant breeders can contribute to food safety. In the future, Taylor really wants to have the ability to breed a safer-to-eat lettuce.

Breeding Crops for Enhanced Food Safety

June 18, 2019
Plant breeders and food safety experts held a conference at UC Davis to discuss issues relevant to food safety, including microbial contamination control in produce throughout the food chain (seeds, field production, pre- and postharvest, packaging, distribution, marketing). Conference chair was Professor Maeli Melotto, Plant Sciences, UC Davis.

Florence Zakharov: New Director of UC Postharvest Technology Center

January 31, 2019
Professor Florence Zakharov is the new director of the Postharvest Technology Center. She has been involved with the center since joining the faculty in 2006. She believes in the ‘cross-fertilization’ between industry and academia.