Students and education

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.

Small Grain Growers Have Seasonal Harvest Options (Mark Lundy Research)

December 19, 2019
Flexible harvest options may allow growers to plant small grains in the winter, rather than fallow ground, out of concern that there will not be adequate water or strong markets to justify the crop. Research by Plant Sciences faculty member Mark Lundy.

Videos: Two Plant Sciences Classes — Botany and Physiology of Cultivated Plants, and Vegetable Crop Production

November 25, 2019
Two of the undergraduate courses in Plant Sciences at UC Davis (PLS 002 and PLS 110) prepare students for post-graduation jobs and careers. Four short videos show the hands-on opportunities that students get to explore introductory and upper level concepts related to plant science and plant production. Instructors include Jeff Mitchell, Gail Taylor, and Peter Freer-Smith.

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.

One Health Day Symposium Includes Amanda Crump Expertise on International Agricultural Development

October 29, 2019
Professor Amanda Crump, Plant Sciences, will be a panelist at the One Health Symposium at UC Davis on Saturday, Nov. 2. She will be on the ‘Political Interfaces and One Health’ panel. Crump teaches classes on International Agricultural Development, and has a research focus on critical pedagogies for vulnerable people in agriculture.

Cannabis and Hemp: Academia Town Hall Panel

October 16, 2019
John Yoder, Plant Sciences, UC Davis, participated in an academic panel at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition. The panel addressed the plant science, public policy, law, and student education aspects of cannabis. Yoder shared UC Davis’ strengths in the genetics, biochemistry, and how cannabis and hemp plants grow. VIDEO included.

Root Pottery: An agroecology grad student creates rhizosphere-inspired art

September 17, 2019
Agroecology graduate student Jennifer Schmidt, Department of Plant Sciences, makes ceramics inspired by her Ph.D. dissertation work on the interactions between maize and its surrounding microbes. The visual aspects of her research lend themselves to hand-painted ceramics. Many scientists pursue some form of art or music, along with their science.

New Dry Bean Varieties for Organic Growers: Coming Soon

September 11, 2019
New dry bean varieties, which are disease-resistant and high-yielding, are being bred at UC Davis for commercial organic production. Ph.D. student Travis Parker, who works with Professor Paul Gepts in the Department of Plant Sciences, wrote this article for the Organic Seed Alliance.