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Student Spotlight: Grad Student Cory Marx

May 01, 2019

Cory Marx is a second year Food Science and Technology graduate student. Originally from the east coast, Cory studied Geological Sciences and Chemistry in Miami, FL as an undergraduate before a short stint working as a hydrocarbon geoscientist in Texas. Competitively homebrewing and home-winemaking at the time, he started to progress through the Wine and Spirit Education Trust program as night classes after work. Hooked on the subject, Cory decided to make the move to California to pursue a graduate degree, combining a love for fermentation science and research at UC Davis.

Mechanical Vineyard Pruning Possible Without Replanting

April 24, 2019
One of the major concerns regarding mechanical vineyard pruning is the time and cost associated with replanting a vineyard in a manner that would accommodate the process. However, a report from University of California Cooperative Extension researchers that was published in HortTechnology demonstrates that replanting is not necessary. Research conducted in Madera County found that growers can mechanize their operations by retraining vines without suffering any fruit loss or decline in quality.

Trends in Vineyard Irrigation: A Who's Who in Vineyard Water Management Honors Larry Williams

April 22, 2019
Larry Williams has remained busy since he retired last July from UC Davis after 36 years in the Department of Viticulture and Enology. Last Thursday was no different. Williams was honored at an all-day seminar on vineyard irrigation and vine water management at UC Davis. Williams invited the speakers, including former graduate students and colleagues. Williams prepared two presentations of his own, including one with 141 slides on the highlights in vineyard irrigation over the past 36 years.

UC Davis College Bowl team update

April 17, 2019

The UC Davis College Bowl team recently traveled to Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, Utah, to compete in the 2019  IFTSA Pacific Northwest Area College Bowl competition. The team consisted of Katie Uhl (graduate student and team captain), Kay Senn (graduate student), Madison Dosh (undergraduate student), and Andres Gonzalez (undergraduate student). The event brought together teams from UC Davis, Oregon State University, Utah State University, Washington State University/University of Idaho, and the hosting school, Brigham Young University.

Winegrape vineyards can be converted for machine pruning without replanting

April 16, 2019
Wine grape growers in the San Joaquin Valley who want to switch from hand pruning to mechanical pruning won't have to replant their vineyards to accommodate machinery, according to a new study published in HortTechnology by University of California Cooperative Extension researchers. Instead, growers can retrain the vines to make the transition, without losing fruit yield or quality.

Dr. Ned Spang wins NACADA Region 9 Award

April 09, 2019
UC Davis was recognized with seven of twelve regional honors by NACADA, the global community for academic advising at the NACADA Region 9 Awards, and FST's own Assistant Professor Ned Spang was one of the honorees.   NACADA's website states, "Region 9 is proud to support student success by providing opportunities for recognition and professional development opportunities for students, academic advisors and administration."
Barile Lab - Assistant Specialist Ahmad Hakim January 21, 2019
The position of Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides food processing expertise and manage access for users of the Milk Processing Laboratory at the Robert Mondavi Institute for wine and food science. The Specialist stays apprised of emerging issues and problems and maintains technical competence in the in the designated area(s) of specialization.

FST student product development team in Ocean Spray competition

March 28, 2019

Five FST undergrads are a team of finalists in the 2019 Ocean Spray Product Development competition.

Melvinna Tania, Olga Lawrence, Mary-Ann Chen, Tonya Xie, and Bryan Magaline have created the product, called Cranwich, which consists of bite-sized cookies, naturally flavored and dyed pink with cranberry concentrate.  The cookies sandwich a filling made from real whole cranberries, chia seeds, and agave nectar. 

FST students land spot in Product Development Competition finals

March 28, 2019

Congratulations to IFTSA & MARS Product Development Competition finalists Vy Phung, Chia-Yung Su, Jeremy Chuardy, Gary Adrian and Siriyakorn Chantieng.  This UC Davis product development team has created a high-fiber and environmentally-friendly cracker which incorporates soymilk byproduct, or okara, as the main ingredient. The crackers are an up-cycled product that have a subtle soybean flavor and a rosemary aroma, and can be enjoyed by themselves, or is also delicious with dips, nut butter, cheese, or wine.

Professor Sue Ebeler awarded Honorary Research Lecturer for ASEV

March 08, 2019

Congratulations to  Dr. Susan Ebeler!  She will be awarded the Honorary Research Lecturer this year at the 70th Annual National Conference of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV)!

The ASEV website explains, "the honorary research lecturer is granted to an individual with a current national or international reputation in his or her field of research who is also actively involved in scientific research."

UC Davis, wine industry cultivate relationship

February 19, 2019

Under the hot summer sun of the San Joaquin Valley, just south of Merced, Miguel Guerrero of The Wine Group is trying a new high-wire act. In collaboration with University of California-Davis Cooperative Extension, Roduner Ranch vineyard manager Guerrero is experimenting with Cabernet Sauvignon vines and other varieties elevated by a single wire at 66 inches – plantings that are 2-3 feet higher than the traditional winegrape canopy.

FST student wins spot in the Grad Slam Top 10

February 15, 2019

Mackenzie Batali is a 2nd year graduate student in FST.  She recently learned that she won a spot in the Grad Slam Top 10. The Grad Slam is an annual contest in which master’s and Ph.D. students across UC campuses – in disciplines ranging from hard sciences to humanities – compete to sum up their research for a general audience. Students should present the significance and fundamental points of their work at UC Davis in a clear, direct, and interesting manner.

Professor Emeritus Bamforth to work with Sierra Nevada as Senior Quality Advisor

February 14, 2019

Dr. Charlie Bamforth, Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences Emeritus, retired at the end of 2018 after twenty years at UC Davis. 

On Wednesday, February 13, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. issued a press release titled "'Pope of Foam' Charlie Bamforth Joins Sierra Nevada Brewing Company".  As the company's Senior Quality Advisor, Bamforth will evaluate all areas of production and train employees on beer quality.

FST Professor Maria Marco joins ISAPP board of directors

February 04, 2019

Congratulations to our own Dr. Maria Marco, who has just joined the board of directors of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics! 

From the ISAPP website: "ISAPP is an association of academic and industrial scientists involved in research on fundamental and applied aspects of probiotics and prebiotics, and more broadly that of human microbiomes and gut health."

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.

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 Ahmad Hakim 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.