Research

FDA Partners with CDFA, WCFS and California Agricultural Stakeholders to Enhance Food Safety Zann Gates 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 Zann Gates 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 Zann Gates 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.”

FST at Virtual 2020 Annual IAFP Meeting, October 26-28, 2020 Zann Gates October 05, 2020

Several of our Food Science and Technology faculty and graduate students will be participating at the upcoming Virtual 2020 Annual IAFP Meeting, to be held October 26-28, 2020. Check out the IAFP website for the complete program information.

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.  

UC Davis Establishes Research, Training in Cultivated Meat Caroline Firman September 23, 2020

Is cultivated meat — essentially, animal protein grown under lab conditions — a nourishing prospect to help feed the world, or is it more sizzle than steak? A consortium of researchers at the University of California, Davis, aims to explore the long-term sustainability of cultivated meat, supported by a new grant of up to $3.55 million from the National Science Foundation Growing Convergence program, in addition to previous support from the Good Food Institute and New Harvest.