Desert Research and Extension Center
Desert Research and Extension Center
Desert Research and Extension Center
University of California
Desert Research and Extension Center

Alfalfa and Agronomic Crops

Alfalfa yield trials

Principal Investigator: Daniel Putnam, UC ANR Specialist, 530-752-8982,

dhputnam@ucdavis.edu

To evaluate certified cultivar differences in alfalfa forage yield, quality, and persistence, and to communicate these results to clientele. To develop and provide forage yield and performance data on alfalfa experimental germplasm to public and private alfalfa scientists. 

For further information visit:

http://ucanr.edu/blogs/Alfalfa/

http://alfalfa.ucdavis.edu/

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Alfalfa breeding nursery

Principal Investigator: Charles Brummer, UC Davis – Plant Sciences, 530-574-6133,

ecbrummer@ucdavis.edu

We will be evaluating individual plants from a number of experimental populations in order to select persistent, disease and insect resistant, and high yielding plants to develop populations that will be evaluated for potential cultivar release. 

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Evolutionary genomics of abiotic stress resistance in wild and cultivated sunflowers

Principal Investigator: Khaled Bali, UC ANR Specialist, 559-646-6541, kmbali@ucanr.edu

This work will involve the field-based evaluation of drought resistance and related traits in a large number of sunflower lines, association mapping to identify genes/genomic regions conferring drought resistance, and detailed physiological analyses aimed at understanding the mechanistic basis of drought resistance.

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Wheat breeding for the Imperial Valley

Principal Investigator: Jorge Dubcovsky, UC Davis – Plant Sciences, 530-752-5159,

jdubcovsky@ucdavis.edu

The overall goal of this project will continue to be the production and evaluation of new durum varieties and improved germplasm to be distributed to growers, breeders, and other researchers. 

For further information please visit: http://smallgrains.ucanr.edu/  http://ucanr.edu/blogs/smallgrains/index.cfm

Crop quality reports for Desert Durum: http://californiawheat.org/industry/ca-crop-quality-reports/desert-durum-crop-quality/

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Winter nursery for new cereal varieties

Principal Investigator: Mike Oro, Field Crop Development Center,

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry - Canada, 403-782-8039, michael.oro@gov.ab.ca

To evaluate genetic lines of barley, wheat, and triticale that have potential for genetics and commercial applications. 

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Various industry products for durum wheat growth

Principal Investigator: Oli Bachie, UCCE Imperial County, 442-265-7700, obachie@ucanr.edu

To investigate the response of durum wheat (grain yield and quality) to a new product said to enhance and retain wheat nutrient uptake and moisture around the crop’s root system. 

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Response of Phaseolus beans to combined high temperature and drought under field conditions

Principal Investigator: Jorge Carlos Berny Mier y Teran, UC Davis – Plant Sciences, 530-752-7743, jcberny@ucdavis.edu

The main objective is to evaluate and compare the variation among and within elite lines of 3 species of Phaseolus beans under drought and high temperature conditions. 

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Summer dormant tall fescue

Principal Investigator: Charles Brummer, UC Davis – Plant Sciences, 530-574-6133,

ecbrummer@ucdavis.edu

This experiment will test a range of germplasm in order to identify a series of "check" cultivars that can be used to assign dormancy to new breeding germplasm and help develop productive, summer dormant populations.

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Heritage seed variety trial

Principal Investigator: Charles Brummer, UC Davis – Plant Sciences, 530-574-6133,

ecbrummer@ucdavis.edu

This trial will compare several experimental varieties to CUF101 and other checks using standard alfalfa variety trial plots.

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Alfalfa germplasm evaluation

Principal Investigator: Charles Brummer, UC Davis – Plant Sciences, 530-574-6133,

ecbrummer@ucdavis.edu

To evaluate new sources of alfalfa germplasm for productivity and persistence under heat, limited water, and salinity using subsurface drip irrigation. 

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