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.
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.
This video features Professors Kent Bradford and Diane Beckles, Research Scientist Roger Chetelat, and Ph.D. student Karin Albornoz from the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, and other plant breeding professionals. They address why breeding and seed production are so important for the vegetable industry.
Maeli Melotto’s lab focuses on food safety-related issues, such as how human pathogens like E. coli and Salmonella can live and survive on plants. Melotto organized a national conference which allowed plant breeders and the food safety side to brainstorm solutions for food safety.
In this podcast, Gail Taylor talks about the difficulties in breeding leafy greens for food safety and why it’s imperative to begin thinking about how plant breeders can contribute to food safety. In the future, Taylor really wants to have the ability to breed a safer-to-eat lettuce.
Understanding the steps in metabolic and biochemical pathways is difficult to determine. Scientists at UC Davis and Ben-Gurion University applied machine learning (artificial intelligence) techniques to this problem in tomatoes, and predicted new, previously unknown metabolic pathways.
Allen Van Deynze, Seed Biotechnology Center, and Venkatesan Sundaresan, Department of Plant Biology and Department of Plant Sciences, are among six campuswide recipients of STAIR Grants for their research on food crops.
This video summarizes the production techniques, equipment, and production goals that John and Justin Diener, and Scott Park employ for their organic processing tomato fields. It details the efforts they use to take care of the soil at their farms.
Processing tomato production in California is a major success story with wide-ranging advances in production technologies that have been achieved through innovation in genetics, management, and mechanization during the past century.
This video shows why vegetable transplants are used in vegetable production systems -- by providing a means for early harvests, lowering seed costs, and enabling farmers to gain a competitive advantage over weeds, and avoid costs associated with thinning.