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

Plant Breeding and Variety Trials

QTL mapping of Lettuce Photoperiod Sensitivity: Short Day Trial

Principal Investigator: Richard Michelmore, UC Davis, 530-752-1729, rwmichelmore@ucdavis.edu

To determine the genetics of flowering in lettuce under short-day conditions.

Melon host plant resistance to CYSDV and SPWF

Principal Investigator: Jim McCreight, USDA ARS – Salinas, 831-755-2864, jim.mccreight@ars.usda.gov

Various types of melons and melon breeding lines will be planted at UC DREC and rated for resistance to CYSDV and resistance to sweetpotato whitefly.

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Breeding baby leaf spinach for California growers

Principal Investigator: Charles Brummer, UC Davis – Plant Sciences, 530-574-6133, ecbrummer@ucdavis.edu

To screen and evaluate breeding populations in conventional and organic fields in the Salinas Valley (spring-fall) and Imperial Valley (DREC in winter), and continue to develop the breeding program pipeline for cultivar delivery.

Carrot germplasm

Principal Investigator: Jaspreet Sidhu, UCCE Kern County, 661-868-6222, jaksidhu@ucdavis.edu

The objectives of the project are to establish a winter carrot nursery and to have commercial carrot varieties from various seed companies planted in side by side comparisons for a carrot field day.

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Organic carrot trials

Principal Investigator: Jaspreet Sidhu, UCCE Kern County, 661-868-6222, jaksidhu@ucdavis.edu

This project evaluates experimental breeding stocks to address needs of the organic carrot crop production industry.

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Quinoa variety trial under the low desert conditions

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

Twenty-one (21) replicated and 14 non-replicated varieties of Quinoa will be tested for adaptability and grain yield of various entries of quinoa under California’s low desert ecosystem.

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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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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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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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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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