Giulia Marino: New Plant Sciences Faculty and Cooperative Extension Specialist

June 22, 2020
Expert on tree physiology in orchard systems

Giulia Marino, a crop physiologist, is the new UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Specialist in Orchard Systems, and a faculty member in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). She is primarily based at the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier, California, and has a second office in Wickson Hall at UC Davis.

Research Suggests Water Stress May Benefit Walnut Trees (with video)

April 07, 2020
Portable pressure chambers (“pressure bombs”) taken into orchards measure water pressure in tree leaves, to show how hard a tree works to pull moisture from the soil. This is used to determine when irrigation is actually needed by the trees. Ken Shackel and Bruce Lampinen note that this can benefit yields and orchard health.

Taking a Byte Out of Big Data in Farming

February 06, 2020
Troy Magney, Dept. of Plant Sciences, is using methods such as hyperspectral imaging – a remote sensing technique – to measure plant water stress, nutrient status, biomass, and photosynthesis in order to make informed decisions about water and fertilizer management. This is important for global agriculture in the future.

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.