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logo 2015 Recent Advances in Viticulture & Enology
"You won't want to miss RAVE 2015 on
May 14, 2015 at the UC Davis Conference Center"

logo Facts on arsenic in wine
Facts on Arsenic in Food and Beverages Including Wine
 Arsenic (As) is naturally found in soil and ground water. As such it is taken up by
plants and can be found in plant tissues...

Important SISS Updates: Recharge Fees; Processing Times; Taxes; Scholar Travel; Staff Changes; Med Center Reminder
Important information regarding international visiting scholars.

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 Safety Notes 4/20/2015
Safety Notes as of April 20, 2015

 New Online Monthly Leave Form for Faculty and PostDocs
A new automated form to submit Monthly Leave has been implemented on the BFTV website.

ASEV Best Enology Paper 2015
The American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) has selected the 2015 Best Paper Awards, with the generous support of J. Lohr Vineyards. The selected authors will be recognized at the Societys 66th National Conference on June 15-19 in Portland, Oregon.
The best enology paper was awarded to University of California, Davis, researchers Nicholas L. Shrake, Rajeevan Amirtharajah, Charles Brenneman, Roger Boulton and André Knoesen for In-Line Measurement of Color and Total Phenolics During Red Wine Fermentations Using a Light-Emitting Diode Sensor.

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Upcoming On-the-Road events
Another On-the-Road event is coming up, with more on the way. Keep checking back for more dates of when we'll bring our research to you!

Making News

 Winkler Dinner raises funds for enology, viticulture activities
The 15th annual Winkler Dinner, a fundraiser for the UC Davis viticulture and enology department, is planned for Saturday, May 16, in the olive grove at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine & Food Science on campus.

Runnebaum small V&E welcomes new Assistant Professor Ron Runnebaum
The department welcomes the new faculty member, who has a joint appointment in Chemical Engineering. His work will focus on water and energy efficiency.

Robert Mondavi Institute V&E and FST Symposium: Vision for the Future 2015
On April 11, 2015, Vision for the Future Research Symposium featuring the departments of Food Science and Technology and Viticulture and Enology was held on the UC Davis campus.

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 Summer Data Science Fellowship Opportunity - begins 6/1/15
The Data Incubator is an intensive 7 week fellowship that prepares masters, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM + social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for fellows and supported by sponsorships from dozens of employers across multiple industries.


 Meet The Expert: George Zhuang, UC Cooperative Extension Viticulture Farm Advisor
George Zhuang recently joined the UC Cooperative Extension as a viticulture farm advisor for Fresno County. Originally from China, Zhuang studied viticulture and enology at China Agricultural University before attending Michigan State University for graduate school.

 Aspen Times Weekly: Wine 101
"The Davis kids are very analytical with a good understanding of science. The Fresno kids seem to be a little more hands on and have a feel for the work and the vineyards. And the San Luis Obispo kids are always the nicest kids in the world."

 University of California hires four viticulture advisors
Four new viticulture farm advisors were hired in the past year by the University of California to serve in San Joaquin Valley Extension office positions. These farm advisors cover the vast wine, table and raisin grape growing region that includes the counties of Kern, Kings, Tulare, Fresno, Madera, Merced and Mariposa.

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 Fighting powdery mildew on grapes
UC Davis researchers have uncovered important genetic clues about the pathogen that causes grape powdery mildew, among the most destructive vineyard pests throughout California and the world.

UCD Buy: VWR is moving to punch-out! Happens Feb. 5
The VWR catalog is moving from hosted to punch-out on Thursday, February 5th! This means that you will have access to a more complete catalog with real time pricing. We know many of you have looked forward to this transition.

 Latest equipment for new wine research center in Richland, WA
Cutting-edge fermentation system advances WSU winemaking research by leaps and bounds with potential for close collaboration with UC Davis.

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The March Safety Spotlight is available
The safety topic is: Health, Wellness and Nutrition.


Department Computer Lab - VEN Computing Lab - Rules
All currently registered Department of Viticulture & Enology students are eligible to use the computer lab.

Cluster Resources

BFTV cluster embraces Green Workplace Initiative
UC Davis is promoting "Green Offices" and "Green Laboratories" in the Gateway neighborhood, and each lab group and administrative unit have an opportunity to join the program. The Departments of Food Science and Viticulture & Enology, and the Administrative Offices of the BFTV Cluster are working to become certified.


 UC Davis Winery Not Immune To Drought Impacts
UC Davis students in the viticulture and enology program have been getting a first-hand look at how drought impacts wine grape growing.

 The Most Read Articles of 2014
An article published by Diane Barrett, Food Science and Technology, and Michael Delwiche, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, et. al., makes the Top 10 most read articles in E&EC Research.