Research

Slupsky lab posts video about citrus greening disease Andrea Thompson September 20, 2019

The Slupsky Lab has released a fun video about citrus greening disease (Huanglongbing or HLB), and how Californians can band together to prevent the spread and the end of fresh citrus for us all.

The video shows symptoms of the disease on citrus trees, and urges anyone who notices a tree with the symptoms to report it to 1-800-491-1899.

Watch the video here!

Climate change is coming for your wine. What the world's wineries are doing to save grapes Ahmad Hakim September 09, 2019
Soaring temperatures, irregular rain patterns and the ever-present threat of fires is causing winery owners here and around the world to adopt aggressive strategies to safeguard their livelihoods. These tactics include experimenting with new varieties of grapes, finding new ways to maximize water use and even seeking out land in areas that formerly were too cold for vineyards.

New System More Accurately Estimates Vineyard Crop Yields

August 06, 2019
A company is developing a computer vision system to estimate vineyard crop yield with the collaboration of UC Davis scientists. On Friday, Nathan Strong, president and chief executive officer at Terroir AI in Menlo Park, demonstrated the system at UC Davis’ Oakville Station. Strong installed a box containing four sensor cameras in the back of the station’s ATV, the cameras adjusted for the high-wire trellis system of the experimental block.

Biodiversity Museum Day

February 04, 2019

Looking for a family-friendly, free activity for President’s Day weekend? On Saturday February 16, 2019 from 9AM to 1PM you can learn about the importance of microbes in research, biotechnology, and food and beverages, and about the proud history of two of the world’s prominent microbe collections. UC Davis Biodiversity Museum Day features twelve biological collections, including the Phaff Yeast Culture Collection in the Food Science & Technology department, and the Viticulture & Enology Culture Collection.

Kaan Kurtural's Interview on SiriusXM Radio

February 01, 2019
Dr. Kaan Kurtural joined the faculty at University of California Davis in November 2015. His work focuses on vineyard mechanization and precision viticulture interpreting ecophysiological response of the grapevine to inherent variabilities that may exist in large landscapes. His laboratory is at the historic Oakville Experimental Vineyard in the heart of Napa Valley of California.

Recap of recent Extension Team activities

January 18, 2019

This past fall was a busy one for the UC Davis V and E Extension Team.  On November 30, 2018, we traveled to Escondido, CA in San Diego County to meet growers and vintners in Southern California.  To determine the most relevant topics to present, we worked closely with Carmen Gispert, the Viticulture Farm Advisor for Riverside, San Diego, and San Bernardino counties.  We were excited to have such a great turnout, with 101 people attending.  David Block gave an introduction to winery design, focusing on important considerations for quality through cleanability.  Anita Oberholster spoke about