Making News

UC Davis, wine industry cultivate relationship Ahmad Hakim 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.

The 19th Annual Wine Executive Program at UC Davis, March 24-28, 2019

January 18, 2019

The 19th Annual Wine Executive Program will take place at UC Davis this March 24-28, 2019. It’s a fantastic collaboration between the Graduate School of Management and the Department of Viticulture and Enology. Both departments are highly regarded in their respective fields, which makes the program so great. It blends both the science of grape growing and wine making with the business aspects needed to be successful in today’s competitive wine market (accounting, marketing, management theory, etc.).

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

Linda Bisson and Anita Oberholster named as leaders

January 17, 2019

The October 2018 Issue of Wine Business Monthly was dedicated to recognizing some of the leaders in various aspects of the wine industry.

Congratulations to Dr. Anita Oberholster, Cooperative Extension Specialist in Enology, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis, and Dr. Linda Bisson, Professor Emerita, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis!

VEN welcomes Assistant Professor of viticulture, Dr. Megan Bartlett Andrea Thompson January 11, 2019

Dr. Megan Bartlett joined the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis as an Assistant Professor in January 2019. Her research focuses on developing models to predict grapevine responses to the climate conditions anticipated for California viticultural regions and identifying the physiology and anatomy traits that are most crucial to target in developing more stress-resistant cultivars.

Tyler Barzee Awarded First BAE Dept. William & Nongkarn Chancellor Graduate Fellow Award

January 08, 2019

BAE department graduate student and ASABE CA/NV Public Relations Chair Tyler Barzee was awarded the first ever William and Nongkarn Chancellor Graduate Fellowship. Barzee, who is specializing in the fields of Bioenvironmental Engineering and Environmental Biotechnology received this $4,000 award in support of his research. He is interested in bioprocessing technologies that can be applied to reduce the environmental footprint of humanity, especially by harnessing the energy and nutrients embodied in organic wastes.

Assistant Professor Ned Spang named ASI Fellow Andrea Thompson December 20, 2018

Assistant Professor Ned Spang has been invited to be among the select group of “Fellows of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute.”  Dr. Spang was nominated based on his service to ASI and contributions to the types of research, education, and outreach valued at ASI.  Everyone invited to be designated as an ASI Fellow has made distinguished contributions in two or more of these categories.

Dr. Spang will celebrate this honor at the ASI Winter Party on Friday, January 17, 2019 at the Putah Creek Lodge after the ASI's annual External Advisory Board meeting.