Research

BASF collaborates with FST researchers on human milk oligosaccharides

July 30, 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.

Research Spotlight: Dr. Ron Runnebaum - Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

July 26, 2018

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.

Boundy-Mills (FST), Jeoh (BAE) and Hernes (LAWR) receive USDA-AFRI bioproducts grant Andrea Thompson June 06, 2018

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 featured in NPR news story

May 18, 2018

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.

CE Specialst Dr. Kaan Kurtural featured in Capital Press website

May 15, 2018

"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". 

Linda Bisson reacts to Wine Flavor 101 that honored her career Andrea Thompson May 01, 2018

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.