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Plant Breeding Center Student Spotlight: Priscilla Glenn

December 14, 2020

Howdy! My name is Priscilla Glenn and to put it simply, I am a Texas gal whose early interest in genetics led her to the expansive world of plant breeding. My journey into the plant sciences was accidently kickstarted by my younger brother. When I was in second grade, I distinctly remember learning the Punnett square and that brown eyes are dominant over blue. Raising my hand, I asked why and how my brother had blue eyes then, if both my parents had brown. I was given an elementary answer, but from that time period on, I was hooked on genetics.

Plant Breeding Center Student Spotlight: Aaron Anderson

August 21, 2020

I always give a roundabout answer whenever people ask me where I am from. In short, I am from Tennessee, but grew up in a small Appalachian town called Blaine before moving to Nashville, where I attended undergrad at Lipscomb University. I started college wanting to be a veterinarian before realizing that while I loved my animals; other people’s animals were kind of gross. After deciding that animals, and people for that matter, were not fun to study, I ended up focusing on plants.

UC Davis students selected as Borlaug Scholars

July 24, 2020

Two UC Davis students—Abelina Jackson and Saarah Kuzay—are among those who have been selected as 2020 Borlaug Scholars by the National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB).

The Borlaug Scholars Program seeks to strengthen the plant breeding profession by helping support attendance of future leaders at the NAPB annual meeting. However, this year’s annual meeting will be held in a virtual format because of COVID-19 concerns. Each student will receive free registration for the conference and a membership in NAPB.

Plant Breeding Center Student Spotlight: Kreingkrai Nonkum

July 10, 2020

My name is Kreingkrai Nonkum, I am an international student from Thailand under the Royal Thai Government Scholarship. I am a third year Ph.D. student in the Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group, in the Department of Plant Sciences. I have plans to graduate with my Ph.D. in Fall 2022.

Picnic Day plants find new homes in the community

April 28, 2020

Thanks to greenhouse staff and students in the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES), 6,300 tiny tomato and strawberry plants originally planned for Picnic Day giveaways will soon find a good home.

Latest Blog Posts

Back to the Foodture: Screening for a Better Tomorrow

January 14, 2021
Dr. Randi Jimenez reflects on how the UC Davis Horticulture and Agronomy program prepared her for her current career and discusses the benefits of past research and graduate school experiences.

The Microscopic Marvels of the Root Rhizosphere

November 09, 2020
Dr. Jennifer Schmidt describes her research on the maize rhizosphere microbiome and how the UC Davis Horticulture and Agronomy PhD program paved the way to her current position as a postdoctoral researcher for Mars Wrigley.

The Pomological Pursuit of Happiness

August 17, 2020
Emily Johnson reflects on her experience within the UC Davis Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate program and how it has shaped her career in pomology.

The fruitful Ph.D. - a tough but fun ride of Macarena Farcuh

October 04, 2019
Our alumni, Dr. Macarena Farcuh, currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, is developing a research program focused on improving fruit quality, nutritional value, shelf-life capacity, safety and consumer satisfaction from preharvest to postharvest ripening, using multidisciplinary approaches.