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UC Davis Wins Specialty Crops Grant for Lettuce Project

Developing lettuce varieties that can cope with climate change is one of the goals of a large, diverse research team including, from left, Professor Richard Michelmore, staff researcher Pauline Sanders, project scientist Maria Truco and doctoral candidate Miguel Macias Gonzalez. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

Improving lettuce crops is the aim of a new $4.5 million grant awarded to University of California, Davis, researchers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Research will range from identifying genes that are key to developing important stress-resistance traits in lettuce to fine-tuning imaging technologies that will allow growers to remotely assess the status of their crops in the field.
The research team represents a broad spectrum of expertise including plant genetics and breeding, food technology, and agricultural economics.
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