Research

Yeast species named after Robert and Margrit Mondavi

February 14, 2018

To honor the generosity of Robert and Margrit Mondavi, UC Davis yeast taxonomist Kyria Boundy-Mills with co-authors Gennadi Naumov and Elena Naumova have named a yeast species after them: Komagataella mondaviorum. The yeast species description was published as a peer-reviewed scientific manuscript this month in the scientific journal Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (named after the Dutch inventor of the microscope). The publication, titled, “Description of Komagataella mondaviorum sp.

End of Waste project featured at 2018 Winter Fancy Food Show

February 13, 2018

Students who are working on End of Waste, the food waste prevention project under the Department of Food Science and Technology, were fortunate enough to be featured at the 2018 Winter Fancy Food Show. The project team presented their product, Mocha Bite, made from 40% upcycled material. The specific upcycled materials in the mocha bite include almond pomace (the byproduct of creating almond milk) and coffee grounds leftover from cold-brew coffee production.

UC Davis FST faculty to present at Natural Products Expo West

February 05, 2018

Natural Products Expo West is the world's largest natural, organic and healthy products event and hosts more than 80,000 attendees including those shaping the future of healthy products.  The 2018 trade show is held at the Anaheim Convention Center from March 7-11, 2018.

On March 8, five faculty members from UC Davis' Department of Food Science and Technology will present research relevant to the natural products industry.  Learn more and register at the link below.

Recap of the 2017 Pete Christensen Wine Grape Short Course

January 18, 2018

Our 2017 Pete Christensen Wine Grape Short Course was held on December 12 and 13 on the UC Davis campus.  The 2-day program brought a full house of industry winegrape growers and winemakers each day.  The programs were moderated by Cooperative Extension Specialist in Viticulture, Dr. Kaan Kurtural, and included a full range of topics including the latest research on all things vineyard-related. Our speakers came here from all over California, as well as Oregon and Washington.

Recap of On the Road in the Foothills

January 11, 2018

UC Davis hosted another successful On the Road event in the Sierra Foothills wine country, in collaboration with farm advisor Lynn Wunderlich. The program on the 28th of November covered a wide range of topics, from using winery wastewater for irrigation by Dr. Anita Oberholster to micro-oxygenation discussed by Professor Andrew Waterhouse. Microbiological issues from friend to foe were covered by Drs. Linda Bisson and Ben Montpetit as well as Lucy Joseph. Like always lunch was shared to exchange ideas about the future and needs of the industry.

Oberholster Lab: Smoke taint research

January 08, 2018

The devastating 2017 wildfires in Northern California affected many producers in the wine country of Napa, Sonoma and Humboldt counties. Many questions have arisen about the repercussions on grapes and winemaking in these areas. Researchers at UC Davis are working now to help determine some answers. Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by these fires.