Pest management

Kester, a Productive Late Bloom Almond Variety from University of California, Davis

November 21, 2019
Kester almond was developed at the University of California, Davis, Almond Breeding Program with support from the Almond Board of California. The program was developed to breed new varieties and germplasm to meet the emerging needs of the expanding California almond industry. Professor Tom Gradziel in Plant Sciences, has conducted much of the research.

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.

Agricultural Innovations Help Cambodian Farmers Thrive

October 08, 2019
Small-scale farmers in Cambodia work with UC Davis’ Horticulture Innovation Lab and Royal University of Agriculture researchers to test methods for growing and selling produce. Farmers recognize that fruits and vegetables meet nutrition needs, and help lift themselves out of poverty. (Includes video)

Release of Weevil for Biological Control of Yellow Starthistle

September 25, 2019
The USDA will allow the release of a weevil (Ceratapion basicorne) in the United States to help control yellow starthistle, an invasive weed found in 40 of the lower 48 states. The weevils will initially be released in California. Brad Hanson, weed specialist in Plant Sciences, addresses management of yellow starthistle.

Automated Weeders are Attracting More Interest: Steve Fennimore Explains

September 20, 2019
Three factors drive automation in vegetable crops: Employee shortages, availability of technology, and fewer new herbicides. Weed specialist Steve Fennimore, Plant Sciences, UC Davis and UC ANR, explains the importance of mechanization and robotic weeders, due, in part, to labor shortages and fewer herbicides.

Arabidopsis Uses Defense Metabolites to Mediate Drought Tolerance

September 06, 2019
Brassica plants, such as broccoli, produce metabolites that benefit humans (flavor, anti-cancer defenses), benefit the plant (attacking insects) and, in new research, defend against drought. Dan Kliebenstein’s lab examines drought tolerance in Arabidopsis.

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.

Broomrape Eradication is High Priority for UC Researchers

August 14, 2019
Control of branched broomrape, a parasitic weed that can badly infest tomato and other crop fields, was addressed by UC Davis, UC ANR researchers — Brad Hanson, Mohsen Mesgaran, and Matt Fatino — at the annual Weed Day field day at UC Davis.