Research

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

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.

Dr. Carl Winter featured in NBCnews.com

April 19, 2018

Dr. Carl Winter, Cooperative Extension Specialist and Vice Chair of FST, was recently featured in a news story on the NBC news website. 

In it, he explains that the list of the "Dirty Dozen", or the fruits and vegetables with the largest quantity of chemical residue from pesticides should be considered from a scientific viewpoint to truly understand if there's any harm in eating them.

PhD candidate in Marco Lab selected to work in Uganda

April 18, 2018

Annabelle Yu, a 4th year PhD student in the Marco lab, was selected to travel to Uganda this year as part of a Trellis Fund Project from the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture. She will join the Mwino Group to focus on enhancing shelf-life of fruits and vegetables for off-season supply.

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture's website explained they have "awarded 15 new Trellis Fund grants to organizations in Africa and Asia, matching these new projects to 16 graduate students who will provide agriculture expertise requested by the organizations.

Research Spotlight: Dr. Andy Waterhouse - Wine Chemistry on Many Fronts

April 10, 2018

The wine chemistry research in Dr. Andrew Waterhouse’s lab takes a number of diverse approaches, depending on the issue at hand and the industry’s priorities.  Wine oxidation is a big issue today and several students are tackling this from a number of angles.  PhD students Lingjun Ma and Anita Peterson investigated the basic chemical reactions that oxidation stimulates in order to understand what approaches might be worth pursuing.  These have led to the idea that glutathione might be a good preservative for wine, as well as showing how acetaldehyde has many forms present in wine. 

Professor and Chair David Block returns from sabbatical

April 03, 2018

Department Chair Dr. David Block returned in January from a three-month sabbatical trip to Europe and South Africa. Along the way, he had the opportunity to connect with wonderful hosts! Some were old friends, some were alumni, and some were new friends that he made along his trip through Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, and South Africa.

Dr. Block says, "Thanks to all. It was great to make new connections to wineries and research centers around the globe and to strengthen our connections."