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Chavez began his stint at UGA in 2014 as a researcher and UGA Cooperative Extension specialist. CAES News
Chavez began his stint at UGA in 2014 as a researcher and UGA Cooperative Extension specialist.
40 Under 40
University of Georgia researcher Dario Chavez has been named to the Fruit and Vegetable 40 Under 40 Class of 2020 by Fruit Growers News. The prestigious honor places Chavez within a small group of young professionals who are making remarkable contributions within the industry.
Professor Esther van der Knaap, who works at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Horticulture and Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, is part of the team that is unlocking the history of ancient tomatoes to breed a more sustainable future for modern crops. CAES News
Professor Esther van der Knaap, who works at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Horticulture and Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, is part of the team that is unlocking the history of ancient tomatoes to breed a more sustainable future for modern crops.
Building Better Tomatoes
New technology has led to a greater understanding of how gene placement within the tomato genome influences gene expression and, therefore, the characteristics of the resulting plant’s fruit, a discovery that is important for breeders and producers.
Evergreen and deciduous plants of different colors and forms can be used together to create a visually appealing landscape. CAES News
Evergreen and deciduous plants of different colors and forms can be used together to create a visually appealing landscape.
Shrub Recommendations
Do you have a small landscape, but want to add shrubs that will not overgrow the space? It is important to select plants that are suitable for the space and visually appealing.
Watermelons harvested on UGA Tifton campus. CAES News
Watermelons harvested on UGA Tifton campus.
Protecting Seasonal Workers
As we approach the harvest season for watermelon, bell pepper, tomato, yellow squash, zucchini, cucumber, sweet corn and other crops, Georgia vegetable growers can move ahead and prepare seasonal workers to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during harvest time.
Lettuce is grown under red LED lights at a research greenhouse. U.S. growers spend about $600 million per year on electricity for lighting in their greenhouses and plant factories. (Photo by Neil Mattson) CAES News
Lettuce is grown under red LED lights at a research greenhouse. U.S. growers spend about $600 million per year on electricity for lighting in their greenhouses and plant factories. (Photo by Neil Mattson)
Energy Informatics
LED lightbulbs, programmable thermostats, high-density insulation and electric vehicles — despite these innovations, about two-thirds of the energy produced in the U.S. is lost to inefficiencies, according to national studies. For scientists and economists who work on the barriers between people and a sustainable future, that’s a dire number, but modern data management is helping to reduce it.
UGA researchers released new red 'RubyCrisp' muscadine variety for those who want a sweet berry flavor with just a hint of muscadine. CAES News
UGA researchers released new red 'RubyCrisp' muscadine variety for those who want a sweet berry flavor with just a hint of muscadine.
Sweet, Red Muscadine
From late summer into fall, Southerners start looking for muscadines — a popular grape native to the Southeastern U.S. Selections run from the dark purple, thick-skinned traditional muscadine to a light golden green variety. Soon, growers and consumers can add a new red variety to the mix.
UGA faculty Nick Fuhrman and James Shelton perform stream fish sampling for their "Natural Resource Management for Teachers" lab. CAES News
UGA faculty Nick Fuhrman and James Shelton perform stream fish sampling for their "Natural Resource Management for Teachers" lab.
Transformative Learning
Learn how seven faculty members tackled distance learning.
Hedges, like the Taxus baccata (yew) pictured at Hills and Dales Estate in LaGrange, Georgia, can shape and frame a view, divide spaces in a landscape and provide privacy. CAES News
Hedges, like the Taxus baccata (yew) pictured at Hills and Dales Estate in LaGrange, Georgia, can shape and frame a view, divide spaces in a landscape and provide privacy.
Hedge Recommendations
Would you like to enclose your backyard so that you can enjoy your coffee on the patio without your neighbor’s security camera spotting your pajamas? Maybe you want to screen out your view of the neighbor’s yard art collection? Is your house buffeted by wind that you want to block? A hedge may be in order.
The Tecomaria capensis 'Orange' is only one of dozens of varieties of plants available at the UGA Trial Gardens online plant sale. CAES News
The Tecomaria capensis 'Orange' is only one of dozens of varieties of plants available at the UGA Trial Gardens online plant sale.
Virtual Plant Sale
The Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia will hold its annual plant sale in a virtual format this year. The sale will be open for online orders from 1 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, through 10 a.m. Friday, May 15, and plant pickup will be on Saturday, May 16, and Monday, May 18.
UGArden Farm Manager JoHannah Biang practices safety guidelines imposed due to the COVID-19 crisis while harvesting greens for distribution to food insecure families in the Athens, Georgia, area. CAES News
UGArden Farm Manager JoHannah Biang practices safety guidelines imposed due to the COVID-19 crisis while harvesting greens for distribution to food insecure families in the Athens, Georgia, area.
Feeding Souls
At UGArden, the University of Georgia’s student community farm, plots of lettuce, kale, beets, carrots and greens planted during the winter wait to be harvested. Despite the absence of dozens of student workers due to the campus closure prompted by the COVID-19 crisis, a handful of staff at the garden are keeping fresh produce flowing out into the community to benefit food-insecure families.