Foundation Plant Services Banner
UC Davis Logo and link
CAES logo and link
Expand menu visually
Foundation Plant Services Banner

Foundation Plant Services News

UC Davis opens its rosy 'hidden treasure'
UC Davis opens its rosy 'hidden treasure'
28-Apr-17
Debbie Arrington at the Sacramento Bee
Interesting story and video about the Foundation Plant Services rose collection, and the California Center for Urban Horticulture 'Rose Days'.


FPS Releases New Grape Selections in 2016
FPS Releases New Grape Selections in 2016
13-Dec-16
Nancy Sweet at Foundation Plant Services
Each year many new grape varieties and clones become available to the public after completion of testing at Foundation Plant Services. Wine grape clones from vineyards in Europe and California were added to the FPS foundation grapevine collection in 2016. Highlights of those selections were presented at the FPS Annual Meeting in Davis on December 1. Some of the more interesting grape varieties currently in the pipeline at FPS were also previewed.


Golino Award, Endowed Chair Position Highlight Annual Grape Meeting
Golino Award, Endowed Chair Position Highlight Annual Grape Meeting
06-Dec-16
Ted Rieger at Wines & Vines
During the annual meeting, FPS director Dr. Deborah Golino, was presented an award from the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers, from its past-president David Cox, as the recipient of the organization’s annual Research Award for 2016. Cox said the award was presented to Golino, “For your contribution towards an improved nursery industry.” Golino has been director of FPS since 1994, and serves as a UC Cooperative Extension Specialist and a faculty member of the UCD Department of Plant Pathology. In addition to its role as the repository for clean grapevine material, and a source of virus-tested, professionally identified grapevines, FPS plays a similar role for the nursery industry for clean plant material for fruit and nut trees, strawberries, ornamental rose cultivars, and sweet potatoes.


Pinot Gris Virus in More Napa Vineyards
Pinot Gris Virus in More Napa Vineyards
05-Dec-16
Ted Rieger at Wines & Vines
Grapevine Pinot Gris virus (GPGV) has been detected in vineyards in 14 locations in Napa County, but not in other California vineyard locations to date, based on initial findings from a statewide survey started in 2016 and funded through an American Vineyard Foundation research grant. These findings and an update on GPGV were presented by Dr. Maher Al Rwahnih, diagnostic and research lab director at Foundation Plant Services (FPS) at the University of California, Davis, during a day-long extension class, “Current Issues in Vineyard Health,” held Nov. 29 in Davis.


Winery owners' gift supports clean, sustainable agriculture
Winery owners' gift supports clean, sustainable agriculture
18-Jul-16
Christine Schmidt
Dean Dillard arrived at Foundation Plant Services (FPS) Monday morning expecting to attend a meeting to discuss FPS's work on behalf of the grape industry with Director Deborah Golino and John Dyson, owner of Williams Selyem Winery. So she was quite surprised when John announced his intention to give his first gift to UC Davis $500,000 toward a new endowed chair.


Davis - under-funded, over-achieving
Davis - under-funded, over-achieving
18-Jul-16
JancisRobinson.com
The university maintains an exhaustive public database of grapevine cultivars and rootstocks available in the United States known as the National Grape Registry, as well as running an impressive nursery company selling virus-free versions of these vines, Foundation Plant Services. Known as FPS, this is the only dedicated grape importation facility in the country, which means that most vine material brought legally into the US goes through its doors.


Maher Al Rwahnih wins award from the American Phytopathological Society
Maher Al Rwahnih wins award from the American Phytopathological Society
12-May-16
CAES Currents Newsletter
Maher Al Rwahnih, a project scientist with Foundation Plant Services, has won the Lee M. Hutchins Award from the American Phytopathological Society. The award is given to the author of published research on the diseases of perennial fruit plants.


Industry upbeat about new UC Davis strawberry breeding research
Industry upbeat about new UC Davis strawberry breeding research
04-May-16
Diane Nelson
Strawberry farmers and industry leaders say new science, education and collaborations underway at the UC Davis Public Strawberry Breeding Program bode well for the quality and sustainability of strawberries in California. The breeding program has launched a large-scale genetic disease-resistance experiment, added students and staff researchers to its expanding team, and planted strawberry-yield trials on five farms from Ventura to Watsonville.