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July 03, 2003

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WHO

Mary Delany: Our Diminishing Poultry Gene Pool
Joseph DiTomaso on Western Water Weeds
Randal Southard Elected 2003 SSSA Fellow
Judith Stern Named AHA Fellow
Andrew Waterhouse Named Kinsella Chair

IN THE NEWS
Computer Program Aids Immigrants
Radio Waves Zap Pests
Sustainable Ag Programs Get Boost
Biotech: Pro and Con
Food and Wine for the 21st Century

WHAT
CCIA Offers Organic Certification

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Free Public Lecture by Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug
Ag Health and Safety Conference

Mary Delany: Our Diminishing Poultry Gene Pool
Mary Delany, associate professor in the Department of Animal Science, co-authored a Science magazine article about diminishing poultry genetic research resources and the value that is being lost. According to the authors, there is no funding mechanism or long-term strategy to conserve and develop these important research resources. The draft sequence of the chicken genome will be completed during the coming year and the article urges national initiatives to maintain and use specialized avian genetic variants.

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Joseph DiTomaso on Western Water Weeds
Joseph DiTomaso, Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Vegetable Crops, has authored the first comprehensive identification manual for aquatic and riparian weeds west of the Rocky Mountains. This new guide covers 171 aquatic plant species. 560 photographs. 442 pages.

ANR publications


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Randal Southard Elected 2003 SSSA Fellow
The Soil Science Society of America elected Randal Southard, divisional associate dean for environmental sciences and professor in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, one of its 2003 fellows.


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Judith Stern Named AHA Fellow
The American Heart Association and the Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism recently named Judith Stern, Department of Nutrition, a fellow.


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Andrew Waterhouse Named Kinsella Chair
Andrew Waterhouse of the Department of Viticulture and Enology has been named the John E. Kinsella Chair in Food, Nutrition and Health. The chair was established to support research and teaching, focusing on the interrelationships among food, nutrition and health. Waterhouse was recognized for, among other things, his research expertise in the chemistry of secondary plant compounds. The initial appointment is for five years and can be renewed.


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Computer Program Aids Immigrants
A Daily Democrat article profiled the work of Jim Grieshop, Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Human and Community Development, who is working with the Woodland school district to help immigrant parents gain computer skills and equipment. The basic barter program consists of 40 hours of computer training for the parents. At completion, parents receive an updated computer, a printer and Internet access. In exchange, they agree to volunteer 40 hours at their children's school.

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Radio Waves Zap Pests
Many media outlets have reported on the recent research of Elizabeth Mitcham, Cooperative Extension specialist with the Department of Pomology, who has been testing the use of radio waves to kill pests in dried fruit and nuts. Mitcham says improvements in the technology and decreased costs make the process a viable alternative to insecticides. Industrial-size radio frequency machines will be tested at a large packing house in January and could be available for commercial use by fall 2004.

New York Times article
CNN story


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Sustainable Ag Programs Get Boost
The centerpiece of the Sacramento Bee’s Sunday Business section featured an in-depth article about the establishment of a center for agricultural and natural resource sustainability and an accompanying undergraduate degree program at UC Davis. Quoted were Neal Van Alfen, dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Janet Broome, associate director of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program; and Steve Kaffka, Cooperative Extension associate specialist with the Department of Agronomy and Range Science and director of UC Davis’ Long Term Research on Agricultural Systems project. Van Alfen invites interest groups and the public to address the future of the college's sustainable-farming efforts at a town hall meeting being held Friday, July 25, 2 p.m., at the Heidrick Western Center for Agricultural Equipment, UC Davis.

Sacramento Bee story


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Biotech: Pro and Con
In a Contra Costa Times article exploring the benefits and risks of bioengineered food from the point of view of scientists, Neal Van Alfen, dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, notes that biotechnology has reduced pesticide use. Van Alfen also says that risk needs to be taken seriously, and examined on a case-by-case, crop-by-crop basis.

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Food and Wine for the 21st Century
James Wolpert, chair of the Department of Viticulture and Enology, and Robert Mondavi are quoted in this extensive San Jose Mercury News story about UC Davis' plans for the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. The article details the less-than-pristine state of UC Davis’ current viticulture facilities and the institute’s plans for the future, including a new brewery and renovated vineyards.

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CCIA Offers Organic Certification
A reminder: the California Crop Improvement Association Organic Certification Program at UC Davis is a designated organic certifying agency serving domestic and international farmers, processors, and handlers of agricultural products. CCIA is the only USDA-accredited certifier associated with California’s UC or state college system.

More information

Chip Sundstrom
Executive Director
Foundation Seed Certification Service
[email protected]

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Free Public Lecture by Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug
Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug will present a free public lecture, Thursday, July 10, 7:30-9:00 p.m., in 145 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley. Borlaug was awarded the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for developing methods to help the world's poorest nations feed themselves -- methods that sparked what today is known as the "Green Revolution." In 1985, Borlaug created the World Food Prize, an international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.



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Ag Health and Safety Conference
The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety at UC Davis will sponsor a San Francisco conference for health care professionals, veterinarians, university researchers, agribusiness representatives, rural residents and government officials. The goal of the conference is to exchange information that will help reduce or eliminate chronic illnesses and injuries associated with agricultural work.

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