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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program 2017-18 Awards

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program has announced their 2017-18 Fellows and Peter Henry of the department was an awardee. We are pleased to announce that at least 16 of our current UC Davis graduate students have received the award, as well as 12 of our undergraduates, and an unknown number of awardees who may be entering our graduate programs in Fall 2017. In addition, 21 current students and 12 undergraduates received “honorable mention”. The listing is available at

Jessica Franco: DEBVBD Graduate Student Travel Award

Jessica FrancoJessica Franco, a fourth year graduate student in Dr. Gitta Coaker’s lab, will be attending the International Research Conference on Huanglongbing (HLB) in Orlando, FL with support from the DEBVBD Graduate Student Travel Award. HLB is a devastating bacterial disease of citrus vectored by the Asian citrus psyllid. HLB researchers and citrus growers will attend the meeting and discuss concerns, methods, and findings to improve pathogen detection, vector control and disease resistance. —View More—



New FPS Grapevine Selections Include European Imports, California Heritage Clones

(Photo Credits: WBM/Ted Rieger)

FPS director Dr. Deborah Golino receives the 2016 Research Award from David Cox of the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers for her contribution towards an improved nursery industry at the annual FPS Grape Advisory Committee meeting December 1     —View More—

Ioannis Stergiopoulos: Genome Sequencing May Help Avert Banana Armageddon

Plant pathologist Ioannis Stergiopoulos says discovery of how three fungal diseases attack banana plants should be a “wake-up call” to the research community.    —View More—

Winery owners’ gift supports clean, sustainable agriculture

Dean Dillard arrived at Foundation Plant Services (FPS) Monday morning expecting to attend a meeting to discuss FPS’s work on behalf of the grape industry with Director Deborah Golino and John Dyson, owner of Williams Selyem Winery. So she was quite surprised when John announced his intention to give his first gift to UC Davis $500,000 toward a new endowed chair.

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