Genetics

Hemp Breeding and Seed Production Course — October 27–28, 2020

February 27, 2020
Registration is open for the Seed Biotechnology Center’s second annual “Hemp Breeding and Seed Production” course, October 27–28, 2020 at UC Davis. The course is for professionals working on hemp improvement and propagation. Instructors include experts from the public and private sectors. The debut course in 2019 generated great interest from multiple countries.

VIDEO: African Plant Breeding Academy, UC Davis

February 10, 2020
The African Plant Breeding Academy, UC Davis, created a video of learning experiences in the professional certificate program. The program is taught by world-class scientists, including several from UC Davis. Professional breeders who took the course give overviews of the science, skills, projects, networking, and collaboration opportunities they learned.

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.

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.

UC Davis Completes New Hemp Breeding and Seed Production Course

November 07, 2019
To fill a critical need in the fast-growing hemp industry, the UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center completed a two-day course on Hemp Breeding and Seed Production, with 165 professionals attending from the U.S., Argentina, Canada, Israel, Netherlands and New Zealand.

University of California Hemp Research Already Yielding Results

October 31, 2019
For the first time, plant scientists at UC Davis and UC ANR harvested an industrial hemp crop at UC locations. Working on the project are Professor Charlie Brummer, and Cooperative Extension Specialists Bob Hutmacher and Dan Putnam – all three are faculty in the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis.

Podcast — History, Cultivation, Production, and Breeding of Strawberries

September 05, 2019
A Gastropod podcast covers the cultivation of strawberries in Europe 300 years ago, to their transport to the U.S., to their major production in California. Professor Steve Knapp, director of the Strawberry Breeding Program, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, is featured in the podcast.

The Genetics of Drought Tolerance in Bioenergy Poplar Trees

August 22, 2019
Bioenergy crops are central to climate mitigation strategies. Bioenergy is a developing renewable resource, but it can impact land for food, and ecosystem services. Gail Taylor, Plant Sciences, received $2.52 million from the Department of Energy to develop bioenergy poplar trees for low-quality, marginal land.