Fruit & Nut Research & Information Center
Fruit & Nut Research & Information Center
Fruit & Nut Research & Information Center
University of California
Fruit & Nut Research & Information Center

UC Davis Instructors

Course instructors are leaders in tree crop research in the University of California, and have worked closely with the tree fruit industry to apply current technologies to fruit and nut production.

Theodore M. DeJong

Ted DeJong
Professor of Plant Physiology and Cooperative Extension Pomologist in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of California at Davis. Professor DeJong's areas of expertise include tree crop physiology, crop modeling, management of fruit tree crops, carbon partitioning, peach rootstock development and dried plum breeding. His crop specialties include peaches, nectarines, plums and prunes. more... 

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Dept. of Plant Sciences - Mail Stop 2; One Shields Avenue; University of California; Davis, CA 95616-8683  Email

Carlos H. Crisosto

Carlos Crisosto
Carlos H. Crisosto is Postharvest Physiologist and Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences at Davis, and at Kearney Agricultural Center in Parlier, California. Dr. Crisosto's areas of expertise include the postharvest biology of fruits, fruit handling systems, quality maintenance in storing and marketing, and plant genetic mechanisms. His crop specialties include apricot, nectarine, peach, plum, kiwifruit, pomegranate, cherry, apple, Asian pear, persimmon, fig, and table grape. more...

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Dept. of Plant Sciences - Mail Stop 2; One Shields Avenue; University of California; Davis, CA 95616-8683 (530) 752-1843   Email

Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown
Patrick Brown is a Professor of Plant Nutrition in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of California at Davis. Professor Brown's areas of expertise include Plant mineral nutrition; root soil interaction; rhizosphere dynamics and genetic aspects of plant nutrition; function of boron in plants; sustainable agriculture. His crop specialties include almond, pistachio, walnut, pear and prune. more...

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Dept. of Plant Sciences - Mail Stop 2; One Shields Avenue; University of California; Davis, CA 95616-8683  Email

Kenneth Shackel

Kenneth Shackel
Kenneth Shackel is Professor and Plant Physiologist in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of California at Davis. Professor Shackel's areas of expertise include the impact of tree and vine water status on productivity and the water relations and physiological activity of fruit. His crop specialties include almond, walnut, pistachio, pear, prune and grape. more...

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Dept. of Plant Sciences - Mail Stop 2; One Shields Avenue; University of California; Davis, CA 95616-8683  Email

Kevin R. Day

Kevin Day
Kevin R. Day is a Farm Advisor with UC Cooperative Extension, Tulare County, California. His areas of expertise include cultural practices and production, fruit growth and development, and pruning and training systems for deciduous fruit trees, and the fresh-shipping of tree fruits. His crop specialties include: apricots, cherries, nectarines peaches, persimmons, plums and pomegranates. more...

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Cooperative Extension Tulare County, 4437-B S. Laspina Street, Tulare, CA 93274 Email

Astrid Volder

Volder, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, specializes in how plant roots respond to stresses such as extreme heat or drought. Volder completed her Ph.D. in physiological ecology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and worked at the Pennsylvania State University, CSIRO Plant Industry (Australia), and Texas A&M University before joining the UC Davis faculty in 2013.  more...

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Dept. of Plant Sciences - Mail Stop 2; One Shields Avenue; University of California; Davis, CA 95616-8683 Email

Bruce Lampinen

Dr. Lampinen’s research is focused on orchard management, cultivar and rootstock evaluation, and food safety in walnut and almond.  A primary focus of Dr. Lampinen’s current research is measuring the relationship between tree canopy light interception and potential yield in almonds and walnuts statewide.  He also studies the effect of pruning and irrigation practice on root growth, walnut water management using plant and soil-based monitoring techniques (Tehama County), pruning and training systems for orchard establishment/maintenance (Colusa County), and methyl bromide alternatives for orchard replants (Kings County).  Dr. Lampinen evaluates walnut and almond cultivars statewide and studies orchard canopy and microclimate factors related to food safety risk in almonds (Fresno County).  more...

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Dept. of Plant Sciences - Mail Stop 2; One Shields Avenue; University of California; Davis, CA 95616-8683 Email

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