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

Happy Holidays from Plant Sciences, UC Davis

December 19, 2019
Happy holidays to our Plant Sciences faculty, staff, students, alumni, and to all of our partners and friends who work with us on pressing issues in plant and environmental sciences. Enjoy this stunning photo of giant sequoias by Zane Moore, a Ph.D. student in our department, who works with Professor David Neale. Neale’s lab is sequencing the giant sequoia.

Hellman Fellowships Arrive at Just the Right Time

November 13, 2019
Awards for UC Davis’ Hellman Fellows, Class of 2019, total $250,000. The Hellman Fellows program in its 12 years at UC Davis surpassed $3 million in total awards, given to 148 faculty. Barbara Blanco-Ulate, Department of Plant Sciences, is one of this year’s recipients.

Lettuce Mitochondrial Genome is Like a Chopped Salad

September 23, 2019
Mitochondria in cells generate energy for the cell and play roles in metabolism and programmed cell death. Not all mitochondria are the same — plant mitochondria are quite different from animal mitochondria. New research from the UC Davis Genome Center and partnering universities shows just how different.

Barbara Blanco-Ulate, UC Davis Plant Sciences, is a Hellman Fellow

August 08, 2019
Barbara Blanco-Ulate, Asst. Professor in Plant Sciences, received a Hellman Fellowship for the research “Epigenomics of Tomato Fruit Susceptibility to Fungal Disease.” The grants are awarded to early-career faculty who show academic distinction and potential. It provides extra financial support for their early research.