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May 12, 2016

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A message from Dean Helene Dillard: Strawberry breeding program is a vital part of our past, present, and future

helene dillardRecently, a lawsuit was filed against UC Davis over our strawberry breeding program. The university previously declined a request to license strawberry germplasm to a commercial breeding company that includes among its investors two plant breeders now retired from the university.

We believe the strawberry program’s germplasm should be maintained as a public collection, rather than be licensed to individual commercial breeders. That is in the best interest of California agriculture and the strawberry industry.

Strawberries are consistently one of our state’s top crops—valued at more than $2.5 billion in 2014, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture. For decades UC Davis research has led to improved varieties and cultural practices that have provided growers and consumers with more colorful, flavorful, and productive strawberries throughout the year. I want to assure you that we remain committed to providing the top-tier talent and infrastructure necessary to help California grow the best strawberries on the planet.

In 2015 we hired Steve Knapp, who came to us from his former post as global director for vegetable breeding technology at Monsanto. There, Knapp led and managed a research and development team of 231 scientists with expertise in genomics, genetics, trait integration, intellectual property protection, and more. He previously held an endowed chair at Oregon State University and worked as a research professor at the University of Georgia, Athens, where he trained and mentored graduate and postdoctoral research associates and taught graduate courses in plant breeding and quantitative genetics for 19 years.

Professor Knapp and his team are already transforming the UC Davis strawberry program into the collaborative research and educational vision for which we aspired. Under his direction, the breeding program has launched a large-scale genetic disease resistance experiment, added students and staff researchers to its expanding team, and planted strawberry yield trials on five farms from Ventura to Watsonville. Grower field days are planned for this June.

The strawberry collection is robust, well-cared for, and in good health. The collection contains approximately 1,700 cultivars, including the core breeding stock and 180 “elite” cultivars. This valuable resource is grown in several copies in UC Davis fields and greenhouses. Numerous field trials are being conducted across the state and on the Davis campus.

We are steadfast in our commitment to the UC Davis Public Strawberry Breeding Program, which will continue to support cultivar breeding for growers and allow for equitable access at fair prices. Our goal is to keep the breeding program public and accessible for all stakeholders to ensure that the strawberry industry remains a healthy, vital part of California agriculture.




Maher Al Rwahnih wins award from the American Phytopathological Society

05marMaher Al Rwahnih, a project scientist with Foundation Plant Services, has won the Lee M. Hutchins Award from the American Phytopathological Society. The award is given to the author of published research on the diseases of perennial fruit plants.

His research focuses on fruit tree, nut tree, and grapevine viral diseases. Al Rwahnih implemented next generation sequencing (NGS) as a diagnostic tool for the entire cohort of viruses infecting individual grapevines. This technique requires relatively little time and expense to produce a comprehensive list of all pathogens present in infected vines. He was the lead author of the first publication to describe the application of NGS analysis to the complete virome of an infected grapevine.

His research proposed that classical diagnostic procedures can be replaced by NGS analysis for quarantine, registration, and certification programs of clean-stock grapevine materials, saving time and resources. The data clearly show that the NGS technique is comprehensive, precise, and accurate. Application of this procedure may revolutionize the exchange of plant material at national and international levels, potentially reforming the regulatory process, to the benefit of the industry, clean plant programs, and growers.

Using this new technology, Al Rwahnih and his team also characterized a leafroll-like infection of grapevines with red blotches along leaf margins and red veins under leaf surfaces. Red blotch disease is now of major concern to the grape growing industry because of its association with negative fruit quality. Field survey analysis of this virus has shown it to be widely distributed in the United States.  However, further study showed the virus is not an emerging threat but is endemic in California.

Maher Al Rwahnih
Foundation Plant Services


Animal science professor Ed DePeters wins national advising award

The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) has selected animal science professor Ed DePeters as winner of its outstanding advising award for faculty academic advising. The award honors individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising in higher education.

“Please accept our appreciation for your support of NACADA as we continue to promote the development of students through effective advising programs and personal attention,” the organization said in a statement announcing the award.“The impact of advising on student satisfaction and retention is well documented, and it is through efforts such as those of your institution that we are able to share new advances with others.”

DePeters serves as the master adviser for the animal science major. Students cite his positive influence on their lives. He developed an annual advising training program for faculty advisers and guides new faculty in honing their advising skills.

Also referred to as the Global Community for Academic Advising, NACADA has more than 11,000 members and hosts an annual conference each fall. The organization offers member career services, funds research grants, sponsors an awards program, grants scholarships, and supports commissions to address important academic advising issues.

Ed DePeters
Department of Animal Science


Joe DiTomaso named a fellow of the Western Society of Weed Science

05weedidJoe DiTomaso, a plant sciences professor and UC Cooperative Extension specialist, became a fellow of the Western Society of Weed Science (WSWS) at the organization’s 69th annual meeting held in March in Albuquerque, N.M.

The award acknowledges DiTomaso’s achievements as a weed scientist and his leadership in weed science at the state, region, and national levels.  Since 1995, his statewide research and extension program has focused on weeds of rangelands and non-crop systems. He has published more than 140 journal publications, 37 book chapters, two books, and hundreds of other scientific and extension publications, as well as delivering about 50 in-person extension presentations each year. He has served as president of the WSWS and the Weed Science Society of America. DiTomaso has been the major professor for 25 graduate students and has mentored other weed science colleagues.  Previous honors include Lifetime Achievement Award (Cal-IPC), Fellow (WSSA), Outstanding Extension (WSSA), Outstanding Weed Scientist (WSWS), Award of Excellence (CWSS), Distinguished Service Award (UCANR), and several awards for outstanding publications.

One of the support letters summed up Joe’s nomination by saying, “Joe’s CV reads like that of several people and few of us know how he is able to do so much. In my view he is one of the most dedicated, hardworking, and successful weed scientists in the country.”

Joe DiTomaso
Department of Plant Sciences


Isao Fujimoto earns distinguished emeriti award

05fujimoto isaoIsao Fujimoto has earned the UC system’s Constantine Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award, which recognizes scholarly work or educational service since retirement by a UC emeritus or emerita in the humanities or social sciences.

Fujimoto joined the UC Davis faculty as a founding member of the community development program in 1967 and subsequently founded the Asian American studies program. He retired as a senior lecturer in 1994, but the Panunzio award committee noted that his academic work has continued “unabated.” The committee cited three long-term endeavors among his many other achievements: his partnership with the Rural Development Leadership Network; his facilitation of the Central Valley Partnership for Citizenship; and his Summer Abroad course in Kyoto, Japan. He also has served as the primary instructor for 50 courses since retirement.

“Isao is one of our campus treasures who has inspired and challenged students and faculty alike for decades,” said CA&ES dean Helene Dillard. “This recognition is a fitting tribute for his long years of service to UC Davis and the people of California, especially those often forgotten or left behind.”

Isao Fujimoto
Department of Human Ecology


Diane Nelson and Kathy Keatley Garvey again win communications awards

05nelsonFor the second year in a row, two CA&ES communicators have won awards from the Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences (ACE).

Diane Nelson, a senior writer with the college communications unit, won a gold award (first place) in promotional writing from ACE for her news release on groundwater banking, “Farmland May Provide Key to Replenishing Groundwater.” The article discusses the research of CA&ES faculty members Helen Dahlke, Toby O’Geen, Ken Shackel, and Astrid Volder. Her article scored a perfect 100 from the judges, who called it “excellent science writing to appeal both to specialists and to the general public.”

05kathygarveyGarvey, communications specialist with the Department of Entomology and Nematology, won a gold award for her photograph, "It Tickles," of two youths getting acquainted with a rose-haired tarantula at the “Take Your Daughters (And Sons) to Work Day” at the Bohart Museum of Entomology. Garvey also won a silver award for her feature story on entomologist Jeff Smith, who curates the butterfly and moth collection at the Bohart; a silver award for her photo series, “Miracle of Life,” depicting a monarch butterfly egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and adult; and a bronze award for a feature photo of two praying mantids mating, also published in Bug Squad.

Nelson and Garvey will be acknowledged at the ACE conference awards ceremony this June in Memphis, Tenn. The pair won awards for excellence in writing and photography in 2015.

Diane Nelson

CA&ES Dean’s Office


Kathy Keatley Garvey

Department of Entomology and Nematology



Environmental design professor Stephen Wheeler wins “Eco-Hero” award

Professor Stephen Wheeler and daughter Maddy (center), flanked by Davis City Council member Lucas Frerichs (left) and Mayor Pro Tem Robb Davis (right).
Environmental design professor Stephen Wheeler recently received a Cool Davis “Eco-Hero” award for his work advocating for infill development projects that are carbon-neutral and promote walking and bicycling.

“I think Davis has the potential to lead the world in a better direction, onto a sustainable path with a stronger sense of community,” Wheeler said in a Davis Enterprise story. He works in community planning to improve the human-made environment and its integration with the natural world. His commitment to sustainability is reflected in the courses he teaches at UC Davis and also in his three published books, including “Climate Change and Social Ecology.” Wheeler also has served as editor of The Urban Ecologist journal, as transportation commissioner for the city of Berkeley, as an urban planning consultant, and as a lobbyist for environmental organizations in Washington, D.C.

Cool Davis is a network of local residents, community organizations, businesses, and community institutions committed to the City of Davis’s climate action and adaptation plan. In its efforts on carbon reduction and sustainability, Cool Davis awards focus on buildings, consumption, and transportation. Wheeler won in the transportation category.

Stephen Wheeler
Department of Human Ecology




Arboretum and Public Garden events

For more information, visit the arboretum website: .

Walking in the Woods with Chemistry
Now through June 30, Ruth Risdon Storer Garden, Mediterranean Collection, Conifer Collection, Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants
Explore this temporary exhibit to discover how a plant can cure cancer, what plant molecules create the smell in soap and perfume, and how a plant defends itself chemically. Spread across several collections in the arboretum, this exhibit shows some of the research of chemistry professor Dean Tantillo, plant biology professor Philipp Zerbe, and chemistry Ph.D. candidate Nhu Nguyen. Learn more about the exhibit.

Folk Music Jam Session
Fridays, May 20, June 3 and 17, noon to 1 p.m., Wyatt Deck
Folk musicians are invited to bring their acoustic instruments and play together informally over the lunch hour next to the redwood grove. All skill levels are welcome, and listeners are invited.

Walks with Warren
Wednesday, June 8, noon to 1 p.m., Arboretum Gazebo
Join Warren Roberts, arboretum superintendent emeritus, for an engaging noontime exploration of spring in the arboretum’s gardens and collections.

Arboretum Plant Clearance Sale
Saturday, May 14, Arboretum Teaching Nursery
Find the right plants to replace the lawn at great prices. Everything will be marked down during this final sale of the spring season. Choose from one of the area’s largest selections of attractive, low-water, easy-care, regionally appropriate plants, including California natives and Arboretum All-Stars. Members of the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum save an additional 10 percent off clearance prices.

Bugtopia: Discover the Wonders of Insects
Sunday, May 15, Arboretum Gazebo
Learn about the hidden insect wonders of the arboretum from the UC Davis Entomology Club members and the GATEways outreach program volunteers. Find out more about the UC Davis Arboretum, insect names, trapping methods, and ecology.

Wild Family Day
Saturday, May 22, Arboretum GATEway Garden (adjacent to Davis Commons Shopping Center)
Join Wild Campus — a UC Davis student organization dedicated to the conservation of local flora and fauna — in partnership with the Arboretum and Public Garden for its annual Wild Family Day. Enjoy games and activities, as well as educational displays and live animals. For more details, email .

Reading of the Creative Writing Masters Program
Wednesday, June 8, Wyatt Deck
The UC Davis Creative Writing MA program and the arboretum present the fifth annual student reading. Graduating writers will read selections from their work.

Camp Shakespeare
The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble and the arboretum invite youth to participate in Camp Shakespeare.

Summer of Heroes (ages 8–12): session one is July 7–22, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; session two is July 25–August 5, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Shields Oak Grove
Campers will take on some of the greatest heroes in Shakespeare and beyond: Henry V, Joan of Arc, Romeo, Juliet, Imogen, and Cyrano de Bergerac. Through theater games and acting workshops, campers will explore how these classic characters changed their worlds by fighting for what is right. In the final show, campers perform these heroic journeys accompanied by original music, fun dances, and dynamic sword fights.

Teen camp (ages 13-18): July 25–August 5, Monday–Friday, 9 a. m. to 3 p.m., Shields Oak Grove and TBA
This camp is designed for teenagers wanting to sharpen their acting skills. Campers will also explore heroism with the characters listed above. Camp content will include stage combat, acting workshops, movement techniques, improvisation training, and more.

For more details and online enrollment, visit




Tea and People: May 12, 2016

The inaugural colloquium of the UC Davis Global Tea Initiative will be held May 12 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Activities and Recreation Center Ballroom.

The colloquium—The Basics of Tea: Tea and People—will be delivered by international experts and followed by a question and answer session. Topics and speakers include:

  • Purple Clay Pots: Zisha Ware of Yixing—Wingchi Ip, Lock Cha Tea House, Hong Kong; tea master, tea-ware expert, calligrapher, designer
  • Tea and Its Cultivars—Yaoping Luo, dean, Tea Science Institute, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China (in Chinese with English translation)
  • The Potential Positive Cardiovascular Effects of Tea—Carl Keen, UC Davis Mars Family Endowed Chair in Developmental Nutrition and professor, Nutrition and Internal Medicine, UC Davis
  • Making Tea, Making Japan—Kristin Surak, professor, political science, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

The initiative was formed to develop the UC Davis Global Tea Institute for the Study of Tea Culture and Science. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. Visit for additional information.

Charlene Mattison
The Global Tea Initiative


Seed Central networking event: May 12, 2016

Seed Central hosts speakers and networking events that bring together seed and food industry professionals, UC Davis faculty, scientists, and students. The May 12 event will be held in the UC Davis Conference Center.

Networking takes place from 4:30 to 6 p.m., followed by featured speaker Diane Barrett, UC Davis Cooperative Extension specialist, Department of Food Science and Technology. She will discuss 20-plus years of processing tomato research in the Barret lab. This event will also include a special session focused on light and lighting technologies. Presenters include Heiner Lieth, professor and Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences; Julin Maloof, professor in the Department of Plant Biology; and Melanie Yelton, director of research with Lumigrow Inc., a company exploring horticultural lighting with LEDs. Click here to register for this event.

Kathy Esparza
Department of Plant Sciences


Mondavi lecture to address generational change in the wine industry: May 17, 2016

On May 17, the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science welcomes Michael Mondavi and son Rob Mondavi Jr. to the Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater. They will address Generational Changes of the Wine Industry.

The event is part of the Walt Klenz Lectureship Series, which brings world-famous winemakers and wine industry professionals to UC Davis. Michael Mondavi’s career began in 1966, when he and his late father, Robert, cofounded the Robert Mondavi Winery. They are widely credited with helping build the Napa Valley wine industry. Michael Mondavi has received many wine industry accolades. Rob Mondavi Jr. joined the Robert Mondavi Corporation in 2000 and eventually became director of marketing. In 2004, he was appointed president of winemaking for Michael Mondavi Family Estate and today oversees all grape growing and winemaking for wines produced under the M, Animo, and Emblem brands.

The event is free to students and $10 for others. Registration is required. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. A reception will follow in the lobby of the sensory building.

Stephanie Shimada
Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science


Postdoctoral Research Symposium: May 18, 2016

UC Davis postdoctoral researchers will give 10-minute talks and display posters at a research symposium to be held May 18 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the UC Davis Conference Center.

This year the symposium will include two concurrent panel discussions focusing on different aspects of postdoctoral research. Best speaker and poster awards will be announced at a ceremony from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. At the ceremony the president’s and chancellor’s fellows, as well as the winner of the award for excellence in postdoctoral research, will be announced.

More than 270 participants attended the inaugural symposium in May 2015. There were 54 oral presentations and 49 poster presentations from at least eight different schools or colleges at UC Davis. Some of the topics covered included agriculture, engineering, languages, medicine, physics, psychology, food science, plant biology, plant pathology, and veterinary science. Prizes were given to the best speaker in each session and for the top five posters.

The entire campus community is welcome to attend this free symposium. Lunch will be provided to all pre-registered attendees. To learn more, please visit the UC Davis Postdoctoral Research Symposium website. Visit the symposium’s Facebook page.

Nicky Creux
Department of Plant Biology


Honey Sensory Experience: May 20–21, 2016

The Robert Mondavi Institute’s Honey and Pollination Center will be holding a “Honey Sensory Experience” May 20–21 in the Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater.

Participants will learn about sensory evaluation techniques, the history of honey, nutritional information, favorite recipes, pollen analysis, a flavor wheel, and Italian tasting techniques. There will be honeys from all over the world for tasting. Instructors include Darrell Corti, owner of Corti Brothers; Orietta Gianjorio, trained sommelier and EU certified olive oil taster; Amina Harris, director of the Honey and Pollination Center; Sue Langstaff, owner of Applied Sensory; and Gian Luigi Marcazzan, president of the Italian Register of Experts in the Sensory Analysis of Honey.

Registration is $675. To register and learn more.

Amina Harris
Liz Luu
Honey and Pollination Center



CA&ES annual spring faculty meeting: May 26, 2016

The annual spring faculty meeting for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will be held May 26 in the Student Community Center multipurpose room from 4 to 6 p.m. Mark your calendars and plan to attend.

Brenda Nakamoto
CA&ES Dean’s Office


Health and Wellness in the Fields: June 6, 2016

Rebeca Guerra, state monitor advocate with the California Employment Development Department, will present a seminar May 6 from 4 to 5 p.m. for the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety. She will discuss Health and Wellness in the Fields—Improving the Lives of Those we Serve.

Location of the seminar is the Center for Health and the Environment on Old Davis Road about one mile south of campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. No parking permit is required.

Suzette Smiley-Jewell

Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety


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Farm Water Management in Times of Scarcity: June 8, 2016

The Agricultural Sustainability Institute will hold its annual field day for growers, researchers, students, and others June 8 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility. The theme this year is Farm Water Management in Times of Scarcity.

Farm fields throughout California share a common challenge: how to ensure healthy crops when the availability of key resources is uncertain. Join the field day to explore research, farmer practices, and commercial products that aim for resilience in the face of drought, uncertain water allocations, and weather extremes.

Farmers can attend the field day for free. Registration for others is $10 (general) and $5 (students). Russell Ranch is located six miles west of the UC Davis campus on Russell Boulevard (Highway 128).

Aubrey White
Agricultural Sustainability Institute


Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops Short Course: June 13–24, 2016

Enrollment continues for the 38th annual Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops Short Course to be held June 13–24, 2016, at the UC Davis Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) and field locations.

This two-week course is an intensive study of the biology and current technologies used for handling fruits, vegetables, and ornamentals in California. The first week will be held at the ARC and features lectures and demonstrations on a broad spectrum of postharvest topics. The second (optional) week is a field tour visiting a variety of postharvest operations. The enrollment fee is $2,250 for the first week and $3,150 (plus additional lodging fees) for both weeks. To learn more please visit the course website.

Penny Stockdale
UC Davis Postharvest Technology Center


Sensory evaluation of olive oil: June 14–17, 2016

The UC Davis Olive Center will hold a certificate course, Sensory Evaluation of Olive Oil, June 14–17 at the Robert Mondavi Institute’s Silverado Sensory Theater.

This course is for the professional buyer, importer, category manager, producer, or anyone who wants to gain expertise in evaluating olive oil. The course will be taught by renowned sensory, chemistry, and policy experts. The lessons are suitable for tasters at any level of experience. Attendees will evaluate more than 60 oils, learn about positive attributes and common defects, receive sensory panel training, experiment with olive oil blending, and receive a master certificate upon course completion.

Registration for the four-day course is $1,275. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and beverages featuring local and seasonal ingredients. Participants will also receive a booklet and a flash drive with presentation slides and supplemental materials, a “defects wheel” for olive oil, a tasting kit with samples, and an official blue tasting glass. To register and learn more.

Shirley Li
UC Davis Olive Center


Licensing academy on intellectual property and technology transfer: June 20, 2016

The UC Davis School of Law and the UC Davis Public Intellectual Property Resource in Agriculture (PIPRA) program will be holding a training academy for lawyers, technology transfer officers, academics, and inventors on June 20 at the UC Davis School of Law. This is the sixth year for the academy.

Speakers include UC Davis professors and world-class intellectual property (IP) managers, lawyers, and entrepreneurs. The June program also features talks by intellectual property managers and technology transfer officers from Innovation Access, program managers from Corporate Relations and the Graduate School of Management, and leaders from other campus partners, as well as IP professionals from Silicon Valley and Sacramento. Cost is $3,140, and partial scholarships are available to qualified applicants. Contact Kate Asche in the School of Law to register.

A similar program was held March 1 in Mexico. To learn more about these academies.

Kate Asche
UC Davis School of Law


International agricultural groundwater conference in San Francisco: June 28–30, 2016

An international conference on agricultural groundwater, organized by UC Davis and the Water Education Foundation, will be held June 28–30 in the Hyatt Regency at the San Francisco Airport.

Toward Sustainable Groundwater in Agriculture 2016: 2nd International Conference Linking Science and Policy will focus on the latest scientific, management, legal, and policy advances for sustaining groundwater resources in agricultural regions throughout the world. The conference will bring together agricultural water managers, regulatory agency personnel, policy and decision makers, scientists, NGOs, agricultural leaders, and consultants working at the nexus of groundwater and agriculture.

The conference addresses a wide range of topics:

  • Sustainable groundwater management
  • Groundwater quality protection
  • Groundwater and surface water interactions
  • Groundwater and energy nexus
  • Agricultural BMPs for groundwater management and protection
  • Monitoring, data collection/management/assessment, modeling tools
  • Agricultural groundwater management, regulation, and economics.

For more information on the 2016 conference and on the topics covered during the first conference in 2010.

Thomas Harter
Department of Land, Air and Water Resources


Weed Day: July 7, 2016

The 60th annual Weed Day will be held at UC Davis on July 7 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The program gets under way in the Buehler Alumni Center.

Weed Day will be of interest to pest control advisers, chemical company cooperators, faculty, students, and regulatory officials. It is an opportunity to learn about the latest research and to visit current weed-control field trials. The event begins with a bus tour to the research plots. Following lunch, staff and students will present information on projects that are either not in-season or located too far off campus for viewing.

“We have tomatoes, walnuts, and almonds, as well as aquatic research results, and a weed identification quiz,” said professor and UC Cooperative Extension specialist Kassim Al-Khatib, chairman of this year’s event. “We’ll be hearing about control of medusahead, management in grapes, a new herbicide for rice, and many studies on herbicide resistance issues.”

Registration is $95 before June 15; $120 thereafter ($135 for walk-ins). Student registration is $55. For additional information and to register.

Gale Pérez

UC Weed Research and Information Center



Diagnosing Herbicide Symptoms: July 8, 2016

The Weed Research and Information Center at UC Davis is offering a new course, Diagnosing Herbicide Symptoms, on July 8 at the Bowley Plant Science Teaching Center.

The course focuses on how an herbicide injury situation can arise, what information can help diagnose herbicide problems during field investigations, and what tools are available. Topics include herbicide modes of action, symptom development, recovery from herbicide injury, economic damage, and other areas. Instruction takes place in a lecture, field visit, and hands-on demonstrations. Course instructors include UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) specialists Kassim Al-Khatib and Brad Hanson, UCCE farm advisor John Roncoroni, and Napa County Agricultural Commissioner Greg Clark.

This program will be of interest to pest control advisers, sales representatives for chemical companies, field investigators, and insurance adjusters. Registration is $350 before June 15; $375 before July 1; and $400 thereafter. A discounted rate of $200 is available for up to four current students or UCCE farm advisors. For additional information and to register.

Gale Pérez

Department of Plant Sciences



Aquatic Weed School: September 7–8, 2016

The Aquatic Weed School will be held September 7–8 at the Bowley Plant Science Teaching Center.

This intensive course is designed for those involved in consulting, research, and management of aquatic weed systems throughout the western United States. Topics include ecological classification and impacts of aquatic weeds, biology of aquatic weeds, physical and chemical characteristics of aquatic ecosystems, regulatory issues, developing an aquatic management plan, aquatic weed identification, equipment demonstration, adjuvants and surfactants for aquatic systems, pest prevention for aquatic weeds, physical and mechanical control methods, biological control, chemical and non-chemical control, and a case study of a complex management plan.

Registration is $455 before August 7; $555 thereafter. Four reduced-fee registrations of $275 are available to UC Cooperative Extension farm advisors or current students. For additional information and to register.

Gale Pérez

UC Weed Research and Information Center



Fresh-Cut Products Workshop — Maintaining Quality and Safety: September 13–15, 2016

The UC Davis Postharvest Technology Center will hold the 20th annual Fresh-Cut Products Workshop September 13–15 at the Buehler Alumni Center.

This workshop provides an intensive overview of many aspects of fresh-cut production, processing, packaging, distribution, and quality assurance. Participants gain working knowledge of established and new procedures through topic-related sessions and demonstrations. The workshop will feature discussions on fresh-cut marketing, new packaging, product physiology, microbial control, and sensory evaluation. A practical demonstration on the impact of temperature on packaged product quality reinforces all the temperature-related discussions.

This workshop is designed for food scientists, food engineers, quality assurance personnel, and new product development staff, as well as representatives of research institutions, the restaurant and institutional food industries, and equipment, packaging, and ingredient suppliers. The enrollment fee is $1,150 and includes all instruction, course materials, lunches, and morning and afternoon snacks, in addition to an evening networking reception. For more information and to register.

Penny Stockdale

Postharvest Technology Center



Master Milling Certificate Course: September 20–23, 2016

The UC Davis Olive Center will hold its Master Milling Certificate Course September 20–23 at the Robert Mondavi Institute’s Silverado Sensory Theater.

The course will be led by Leandro Ravetti, among the world’s top experts in olive oil processing, growing, and standards. As executive director of Australia’s Boundary Bend Limited, he has helped guide the company to rapid growth, optimum efficiency, and top awards at international olive oil competitions.

The cost of the four-day course is $1,025. Last day to register online is September 14. A field trip to three Yolo County olive oil processors is included. To learn more and to register.

Dan Flynn

UC Davis Olive Center



Natural Areas Conference: October 18–21, 2016

The 43rd Natural Areas Conference will be held at UC Davis on October 18–21. The theme of this event is Climate Change Adaptation and Natural Areas Management: Turning Words to Action.

The conference, organized by the Natural Areas Association, will feature strategies and tactics that resource and natural areas managers can use to prepare for and respond to climate change. Topics include pollinators, assisted migration, tree planting, native plant materials, prescribed fire and wildland fire use, meadow and stream restoration, ecological restoration and adaptation, and carbon and biomass markets. The Natural Areas Association is a community of resource professionals that promotes natural area management based on sound science and works to raise awareness about the need for natural areas conservation and natural areas research.

The deadline for submitting proposals for symposia, organized oral sessions, workshops, and presentation abstracts is May 16. .

Gabrielle N. Bohlman
Department of Environmental Science and Policy

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