Congratulations Darren, good luck, and go Tritons.
Welcome baby Violet!
Congratulations to lab alumn Isaac Greenhut and his family on the birth of baby Violet! Lab Leveau wishes Violet and her proud parents and sister every bit of happiness together.
Best presentation award for Neptali!
Neptali Flores, who spent his summer in Lab Leveau on a National Summer Undergraduate Research Project, won an award for Best Presentation by NSURP. Congratulations Neptali! The winning presentation, a narrated powerpoint slide show entitled ‘A Study of IAA-Catabolizing Bacteria’, will be posted on the NSURP website (https://nsurp.org).
Flynn Picardal 1950-2020
Saddened by the news that Flynn Picardal passed away earlier this month. I have fond memories of sharing lab time with him back in the days at the EAWAG. Wherever Flynn is now, I hope they let him bring his guitar.
Collimonas goes to Sacramento!
Research performed in Lab Leveau was the basis for new legislature enabling commercialization of discoveries from CA state parks.
Senate Bill SB 442 passed both legislative chambers with overwhelming support. See the press release here. The “UC Davis plant professor” is Dr. Johan Leveau, the “discovered bacteria” belong to the strain Collimonas arenae Cal35, the “park” is Jug Handle State Natural Reserve, the “tomato-killing disease” is Fusarium wilt, caused by the fungus Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici, and the “potential to fight” this disease is the topic of this recent publication by the Leveau lab.
Here is the UC Davis press release, following the signing of the law by Governor Gavin Newsom on October 2nd, 2019.
Peter started as a Research Plant Pathologist at USDA-ARS in Salinas, CA
Best of luck to Peter Henry in his new job trying to save the California strawberry industry from fungal diseases.
Fidele Akum lands a job at BioConsortia, Inc.
SAS 13 favorite class among first-year UC Davis students!
SAS 13: Disease and Society is a favorite of first-year students at UC Davis!
Phyllosphere 2020 is coming…
Visit https://phyllosphere.ucdavis.edu for more information.
Dr. Lorena Rangel!
Join me in congratulating Lorena for submitting her thesis and for earning that PhD title.