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Akif Eskalen leads Trials on Managing Pierce's Disease

A field day held September 6 at UCDavis provided preliminary findings on managing Pierce's Disease (PD) in grapevines. This research, headed by Akif Eskalen, represents the first year of a three-year effort to evaluate the effectiveness of four different biopesticides in dealing with PD. Currently, only one of these four biopesticides is available on the market. If successful, this research trial could generate the data necessary for the commercialization of new biopesticides, giving grapegrowers more tools for controlling PD in their crops.

Department of Plant Pathology hosts Vegetable Disease Field Day

On August 17, the Department of Plant Pathology hosted Vegetable Disease Field Day to discuss tomato and crop rotation research being conducted in plant pathology fields on campus. More than 70 people attended the English session, which was led by Cassandra Swett and included stops at three locations.

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Sara Garcia Figuera on Plantopia

QBE graduate Dr. Sara Garcia Figuera was the guest on the most recent episode of APS's Plantopia podcast. She talked to host Jim Bradeen about her career path and her interdisciplinary work at UC Davis on citrus HLB.

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Graduate student Marcelo Bustamante receives Second Place for Best Poster at 12th International Workshop on Grapevine Trunk Diseases

Marcelo Bustamante, a graduate student in Eskalen Lab, received Second Place for Best Poster in the students competition category at the 12th International Workshop on Grapevine Trunk Diseases in Mikulov, Czech Republic.  The title of the poster was "Investigating the role of Fusarium spp. on young vine decline in California", by the authors Marcelo I. Bustamante, Karina Elfar, Molly Arreguin, Rhonda J. Smith, Larry J. Bettiga, Tian Tian, Gabriel A.

Gitta Coaker named as awardee for the 2022 Noel T. Keen Award for Research Excellence in Molecular Plant Pathology

Congratulations to Gitta Coaker in receiving the 2022 Noel T. Keen Award for Research Excellence in Molecular Plant Pathology from the American Phytopathological Society​. The award is given biennially (beginning in 2020) in recognition of outstanding contributions to regulatory plant pathology, crop security, and trade enhancement efforts by APS members

Tribute to Deborah Golino by Maher Al Rwahnih

Deborah Golino, FPS Director, to Retire in July 2021

After 27 years of service, Foundation Plant Services’ (FPS) Director and Cooperative Extension Specialist, Dr. Deborah Golino will retire on July 1, 2021. Since 1994, Dr. Golino has been the Director of FPS, a self-supporting service unit in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at University of California, Davis. FPS is dedicated to the distribution of disease-tested, true-to-identity plant materials with programs for grapes, strawberries, fruit trees, nut trees, sweet potatoes, and roses.

Tribute to Jovita Ramos by Rick Bostock and Tanya Chilcote

We thank you, Jovita, for your many years of dedicated service to our department.  You joined us in 2002 during a challenging time, and came in and transformed our laboratory services into a modern and efficient facility.  All of us in the research labs rely upon and greatly appreciate your outstanding service. You brighten our day with your positive spirit and cheerful greeting. We will miss you, but wish you all the best in your retirement. All our best~ Rick

Congratulations to Neptali Flores in Lab Leveau for being a 2020 NSURP Award winner!

Congratulations to Neptali Flores in Lab Leveau for being a 2020 NSURP Award winner! Neptali is a second-year Biology student at San Jose State University and started interning in the lab this summer (remotely) as part of the National Summer Undergraduate Research Project ( Click here to see Neptali's award-winning, narrated slide show entitled "A study of IAA catabolizing bacteria".

Graduate student Sara Garcia Figuera wins APS Pacific Division student oral presentation competition

Sara Garcia Figuera, a PhD candidate in Neil McRoberts’ group, received the 1st place in the APS Pacific Division student oral presentation competition for her presentation entitled “The dilemma of coordination for huanglongbing management in California”. This year, the Division met virtually in conjunction with the American Phytopathological Society conference (Plant Health 2020 online), and presentations by students who were part of the Division were entered into the competition and judged by a panel.