Archived News

Archived News

Course Profile: VEN 123L

January 18, 2021

In any other year, students in VEN 123L, the laboratory class for Analysis of Musts and Wines, would gain hands-on experience running the various methods of chemical analysis used in wine production. Due to current circumstances, this year’s instructor, Thi Nguyen, a graduate student finishing up his Ph.D. with Dr. Andrew Waterhouse, revamped the course for online instruction for Fall 2020. 

Research Profile: Dario Cantù

January 18, 2021

Dario Cantù is a Professor and Plant Biologist in the Department of Viticulture and Enology. Part of his research is currently focused on grape genomics, gathering genetic information from the grapevine by sequencing the genomes of several varieties and then comparing them to find out the genetic differences between grape species and varieties. Every genome is different from another, and every grapevine clone, variety, and species have genetic differences. These differences can be very subtle or more substantial.

Student Profile: Mackenzie Davis

January 18, 2021

My name is Mackenzie Davis and I am a senior studying Viticulture and Enology. I am originally from a small town, Fallbrook, CA. It is affectionately known as the “Avocado capital of the world.” As I grew up, agriculture was always something that intrigued me and I held it close to my heart. I observed how farming creates joy to be shared with others and the sense of community it cultivates. 

Alumni Profile: Nate Weis

January 18, 2021

Nate Weis graduated from UC Davis with his MS in Viticulture & Enology in 2006. He is currently the Vice President of Winegrowing for Silver Oak Cellars, Twomey Cellars, and Timeless Napa Valley.  
What have you been up to since you graduated?  

The Oberholster Lab 2020 Harvest

January 18, 2021

The wildfires of 2020 changed the Oberholster lab harvest plan dramatically.  

Suddenly, we had several grape varieties, on the UC Davis vineyards doorstep, exposed to heavy smoke and ash. We could not let the opportunity to study the varietal impact on smoke exposure slip through our fingers.  

V&E Extension Team Summary - Fall 2020

January 18, 2021

The UC Davis Viticulture and Enology Extension team had a busy fall quarter.  We presented three more Office Hours with Dave and Anita (Episodes 12, 13, and 14) and an On the Road program focused on the Paso Robles (San Luis Obispo) area.  Office Hours topics and guests were as follows: 

Episode 12:  September 15, Anita Oberholster, Smoke Exposure Q and A 

Episode 13:  November 17, Kaan Kurtural and Daniele Zaccaria, New methods of assessing grapevine evapotranspiration demands and what it means to you 

Meet Your Food Science Faculty - January 29th, 2021 - 12:00-1:00 pm

January 04, 2021

Current and prospective students are invited to join our faculty panel (Drs. Juliana de Moura Bell, Glen Fox, and Nitin Nitin) for an open discussion about their research, teaching and a Q&A session on Friday, January 29th, 2021.  Reserve your spot and submit your questions at:  

This event will repeat monthly through May 2021 with a rotating panel of faculty members.  

Apply for a Roots Fund Scholarship

February 05, 2021

The Roots Fund is a non-profit organization focused on securing the pathway for the Black, Indigenous & LatinX community in wine. Built to create financial support, mentorship, and job placement opportunities. The Roots Fund is out “doing the work,” to create inclusivity for BIPOC in the wine industry. Scholarship applications are open now through March 5th, 2021.

Visit the Roots Fund Website

Apply for a Roots Fund Scholarship

FDA Partners with CDFA, WCFS and California Agricultural Stakeholders to Enhance Food Safety

November 25, 2020

FST researchers (Harris Lab) and the Western Center for Food Safety (WCFS) are partnering with FDA, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), and agricultural stakeholders from the California Central Coast in the launch of a multi-year study to improve food safety through enhanced understanding of the ecology of human pathogens in the environment that may cause foodborne illness outbreaks, specifically focusing on leafy greens. 

New grant for Dr. DiCaprio will help small-scale fruit & vegetable processors

November 24, 2020

FST's Dr. Erin DiCaprio, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist in Community Food Safety, has been awarded a National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grant to assist small-scale fruit and vegetable processors to be in compliance with food safety regulations such as the Food Safety Modernization Act.  The grant will fund new low-to-no-cost online education and in-person workshops which will be offered in both English and Spanish by the team of collaborators, which also includes Cal-Poly Pomona, Purdue, and the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. 

Erika Estrada is featured visitor in virtual course interview

November 23, 2020

Erika Estrada, a Ph.D. student in Harris Lab, participated as one of 25 attendees chosen (out of more than 160 applicants) for the Advanced Sequencing Technologies & Bioinformatics Analysis Course (Virtual) at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories Meetings and Courses Program.  She was selected as the featured student in the course for CSHL's "Visitor of the Week" interview, in which she shares her future career goals to inspire, mentor and teach future generations of students and her current research aimed at understanding microbial contamination in pistachios.  Very inspiring, Erika!  

Dr. David Mills is Highly Cited for the third year in a row

November 20, 2020

Congratulations to FST's Dr. David Mills, who joins ten other UC Davis researchers on the 2020 Clarivate Web of Science Group annual Highly Cited Researchers list.  This is the third year in a row that Mills has been on the list - quite an accomplishment! 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.  

Selina Wang wins 2020 Achievement Award from Olive Wellness Institute

November 13, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Selina Wang, the winner of the Olive Wellness Institute's inaugural Achievement Award!  Dr. Wang is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in our FST Department, and Research Director of the Olive Center at UC Davis.  The Olive Wellness Institute Achievement Award is awarded to someone who has contributed most to olive science or olive related research in the past 5–10 years.

DiCaprio and Marco Lead Fermented Foods Study

October 09, 2020

It’s not always easy to find silver linings during the COVID-19 pandemic, but here’s one that food scientists at the University of California, Davis, have discovered: More people are exploring the ancient art of fermented foods.

“My mom made her first batch of sauerkraut this summer,” said Maria Marco, a microbiologist and food science professor with the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “With so many of us sheltering-in-place, fermented foods are more popular than ever.”

Bibliometric Analysis of Brewing Publications Confirms Importance of UC Davis in Beer Brewing Science

September 28, 2020

In an interesting new publication from the Journal of the Institute of Brewing, “Bibliometric analysis and mapping of publications on brewing science from 1940 to 2018”, a bibliometric analysis and mapping was performed (using English language peer reviewed literature from the Scopus database and mapping using the VOSviewer clustering software) in order to review the historical trends in global brewing research, identify current opportunities and emerging trends, and uncover future key drivers.