Newsletters

Find our recent newsletters below.

2017

May

Happy Spring! This month we are highlighting the work of Scott Newell, a graduate student in horticulture and agronomy. We will also be hosting a Third Thursday at Wolfskill Experimental Orchards on May 18. Articles include publication of lettuce genome assembly, genetic decay of cassava, and Dr. David Stelly winning ICAC 2017!

February

This month, we hear from graduate student Stephanie Smolenski Zullo from the St. Clair lab, the PBC hosts a seminar led by Dr. Monica Alandete-Saez from PIPRA on February 16, and Associate Director Allen Van Deynze is recognized by NCCPB.

January

Welcome to a new quarter. Attached is the January newsletter. This month, we hear from graduate student Zachary Dashner from the Gepts lab, the PBC hosts its annual Film Screening on January 11th, and the Student Collaborative Organic Plant breeding Education (SCOPE) seminar starts up again. For more information on the SCOPE project, visit: http://orei.faculty.ucdavis.edu/.

 

2016

November

Attached you will find the November 2016 PBC newsletter featuring Mengyuan Xiao as our Graduate Student Spotlight. Stories include a piece from Susan Moenga of the UC Davis Chickpea Innovation Lab and an article exploring the fate of the familiar Cavendish banana.

October

The PBC newsletters are starting up again for another academic year. Attached you will find the October 2016 PBC newsletter featuring Dr. Dina St. Clair as our Faculty Focus. Stories include a new international treaty ratified by congress, which was partially authored by some of our own UC Davis faculty, and a piece on maize’s genetics in relation to adaptation to climate change. The PBC also welcomes Dr. Asmund Bjornstad for a seminar on October 27th.

May

In this issue, we hear from Viviana Medina, a fifth year PhD student in the Horticulture and Agronomy Gradaute Group. Our Third Thursday trip to Wolfskill Experimental Orchards is on May 19, and Dr. Steve Jones of WSU Bread Lab will lead our Fourth Tuesday seminar on May 24.

April

This month we share a personal interest story from Ardeshir Damania in Plant Sciences. We’ve also included information about the speakers at the upcoming UC Davis Plant Breeding Symposium on April 18. Finally, our Third Thursday trip to Alforex Seeds is on April 21.

March

In addition to the graduate student spotlight, the PBC is introducing a faculty biography focus to broaden the plant breeding community on campus. This month, we hear from Professor Tom Gradziel in Pomology.

February This month we hear from Travis Parker in the Gepts lab, we visit Syngenta Seeds, Inc. for Third Thursday, and registration for the 2016 Plant Breeding Symposium is open.
January We begin our 2016 newsletters with a summary of the previous year and our plans and goals for the upcoming one, including the start of a new seminar series on the fourth Tuesday of every month. The PBC’s Second Annual Community Film Screening on January 28, 2016 will be presenting The Mesoamerican Diet: Origins, and is open to all community members.

 

2015

December

This month, Claire Heinitz discusses her research in the Walker lab and her new position with the USDA; the priority deadline to apply for a graduate program in Horticulture and Agronomy and be considered for the National Needs Graduate Fellowship is January 5th, 2016; and the PBC announces its second annual community screening event and will be playing the film The Mesoamerican Diet: Origins, which is free and open to all community members, including people not affiliated with UC Davis.

November

This month we welcome Dr. Liz Carlisle for a Third Thursday book signing on November 19th, and the PBC and Student Farm announce a USDA-NIFA OREI grant.

October

This month we feature graduate student Nicolas Cobo, and the USDA NIFA announces the recipients of the Specialty Crop Research Initiative grant, including UC Davis.

Dr. Rex Bernardo will host a Third Thursday seminar and student lunch on October 15th, and the Plant Breeding Center is hiring an undergraduate student assistant.

September

This month we hear from Joshua Hegarty, the Dubcovsky lab unveils a gene that governs wheat vernalization, Professor Andy Walker hosts a Thursday field tour in the vineyard, and registration opens for Amigo Bob Cantisano’s seminar and student lunch.

August

This month we hear from Tamara Miller in Tanzania, UC Davis is well represented at the National Association of Plant Breeders’ 2015 Annual Meeting, and we visit Morning Star Co. for a field trip in collaboration with Seed Central.

June

In this issue, we have a feature on the Plant Breeding for Food Security symposium, information on our Third Thursday tour of Arcadia Biosciences on June 18th, a scholarship opportunity, and the ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Annual Meeting call for abstracts.

May

This month we hear from graduate student Jorge Berny, we visit FPS for Third Thursday, the PBC hosts the Khush Symposium, UC Davis is ranked #1 in the world for agriculture and forestry, and Professor Pam Ronald is featured in National Geographic. May will be quite a month!

April

In this issue we welcome new Professor and strawberry breeder, Steve Knapp. Professor Emeritus Cal Qualset leads our Third Thursday, and we feature an article on Professor Pam Ronald’s Ted Talk.

March

This month we hear from Dr. Leah McHale, Assistant Professor of Horticulture & Crop Science at the Ohio State University and alum of the Michelmore lab. We will be visiting Wolfskill Experimental Orchards on March 19th for Third Thursday, where Professor Tom Gradziel will lead our seminar.

You can now find the Plant Breeding Center on Facebook and Twitter! We post photos from campus, interesting articles, and event info.

February

In this month’s newsletter, we welcome Allen Van Deynze as the Associate Director of the PBC, and we hear from Sarah Dohle who is in Colombia researching lima beans.

January

This issue includes a recent debate on GMOs by one of UC Davis’ staff and info to register for the screening of the film Seeds of Time!