NSF Grant Will Fund Food and Tech Study
October 16, 2018
Clarivate Analytics has released its annual Highly Cited Researchers list for 2018, and FST's own Professor David Mills is one of 19 faculty from UC Davis on the prestigious list.
All of the UC Davis researchers are listed in a UCD News article by Andy Fell. He explains, "the list identifies exceptional scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant influence by publishing multiple papers that rank in the top 1 percent by citations in a particular field and year, over a 10-year period."
Technological innovation is transforming agriculture and a UC study funded by a $492,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will explore the booming connections between new technologies, agriculture and food. Charlotte Biltekoff, associate professor and chair of the UC Davis College of Letters and Science’s American studies program, is part of the multi-campus study team.
Dr. Carl Winter featured in Food Safety and Quality magazine
October 08, 2018
Dr. Carl Winter, FST's Cooperative Extension Specialist in toxicology, focuses on protecting consumers from chemical contaminants of food, and uses musical parodies to help get his message across. Learn about our department's author of "Parodiomics" in the article in Food Safety and Quality magazine, linked below:
FST Professor David Mills featured in UCD News story on Bifidobacterium research
September 28, 2018
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the University of Alberta, Canada, have made preliminary discoveries about how Zika and hepatitis C viruses reproduce at the cellular level, providing new insight into a family of viruses that also includes West Nile and dengue. Now their cutting-edge research will be supported by a $1 million grant from the prestigious W.M. Keck Foundation. The foundation primarily focuses on pioneering efforts in the areas of medical research, science and engineering, and undergraduate education.
Dr. David Mills' research on the gut microbe Bifidobacterium is featured in a recent UCD News story. The microbe can help keep antibiotic resistant infections at bay, according to his research.
Dr. Mills was a senior author on a research article called Bifidobacterial Dominance of the Gut in Early Life and Acquisition of Antimicrobial Resistance. He was quoted, along with Post-doc Diana Taft, who was first author of the publication.
Research Spotlight: Dr. Ron Runnebaum - Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
July 26, 2018
The University of California, Davis (UC Davis), and BASF announced a collaboration to unlock new benefits of human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs). The long-term objective of this strategic research partnership is to develop and validate second-generation HMO molecules as potent bioactive compounds that can influence the establishment and maintenance of the gut microbiome and provide benefits beyond the gastrointestinal tract, such as brain health, for infants, children and adults.
Dr. Runnebaum’s lab works on developing processes for more sustainable use of our natural resources, including those important in winemaking. These processes often involve the development and use of solid materials that can be regenerated and reused and can both replace the use of chemicals and reduce solid waste produced. For example, researchers in the lab have begun studying alternatives to bentonite for protein fining by using solid materials as adsorbents in a continuously operated column.
Recap of recent Wine Flavor 101 programs
July 11, 2018
On June 4th the Department organized a Wine Flavor 101 program on campus titled “Managing Red Wine Quality”. After an overview by Anita Oberholster (Cooperative Extension Specialist in Enology), a great selection of talks by Professors Dave Block, Jim Harbertson and Andy Waterhouse covered topics such as the impact of cap management, fermentation temperature, extended maceration, exogenous tannins and micro-oxygenation on wine composition and potentially quality. The findings of many of these research studies were supported by wine tastings.
Dr. Bruce German's is quoted on research done on the strain of bacteria called B. infantis, which is seemingly disappearing from the Western world. Read the article below.
Kyria Boundy-Mills (Food Science and Technology), Tina Jeoh (Biological and Agricultural Engineering) and Peter Hernes (Land, Air and Water Resources) received a $500,000, 2-year award from USDA-AFRI Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts challenge area. The objectives of this funding program were to develop novel technologies to convert the lignin or nanocellulose fractions of lignocellulose to value-added materials.
Dr. Diane Barrett, Cooperative Extension Specialist Emerita, was recently featured in a news story on National Public Radio (NPR).
Dr. Barrett explained her research for a news story titled "Frozen Food Fan? As Sales Rise, Studies Show Frozen Produce Is As Healthy As Fresh".
Listen to Dr. Barrett speak, or read the news story, on the NPR website.
"In the heart of the Napa Valley, a vineyard produces fine Cabernet Sauvignon with virtually no help from laborers."
"The 40-acre “touchless vineyard” was established by Kaan Kurtural, a University of California Cooperative Extension specialist who has devoted much of his career to improving production efficiency in vineyards as labor shortages have worsened." So begins an article by Tim Hearden on capitalpress.com, "the West's Ag Website".
I want to take this opportunity to thank the organizers (Kay and Anita) of "Wine Flavor 101: Managing Wine Quality – Problematic Fermentation", the program held on February 15 to celebrate my career. I also want to thank all the speakers for their kind words, particularly David Block and Charlie Edwards, on the impact I have had on their careers and the industry. It's very humbling to know that these things can mean so much to others.
The UC Davis Viticulture and Enology extension committee had a busy start to the year, with a booth and reception at the Unified Symposium in January and two “On the Road” educational events: one in Santa Cruz in February and another in Temecula during the first week of March.
PhD student Eric Stevens was selected to receive a 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. His application was selected out of over 12,000 applicants across the US. Eric’s research focuses on the metabolic capabilities of lactic acid bacteria.
He writes about his research: