Strawberry season may be getting streamlined thanks to new robot coworkers developed at UC Davis.
Using an innovative prediction and scheduling system, Fragile cRop hArvest-aIding mobiLe robots, or FRAIL-bots, track the picking process of each worker so when they’re finished filling a tray with strawberries, a FRAIL-bot is already nearby to take it back to the collection station for them.
Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society and the Banatao Institute (CITRIS) at the University of California (UC) recently announced the 2022 CITRIS Seed Awards recipients. The eight selected proposals, submitted by multicampus teams from Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Cruz, will receive up to $60,000 for their work, thanks in part to external philanthropic support.
It starts with the crunchy, crisp bites found only in the fresh leaves of iceberg lettuce. As employees in the local cafe clock in late after missing their alarm, they start their shift first counting the money in the till. That is, until their coworker comes bustling out the back doors, imploring them for help with food preparation.
A solution to world hunger might start with boba and caviar. Using an innovative process, engineers at UC Davis are growing “myco-foods” — small balls of edible fungi that can be processed into products like boba and lab-grown caviar with a wide range of textures, colors and flavors.
Though animals respond well to music, humans are usually the ones that choose it. To help change this, a senior design team in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) developed a device that lets horses choose which music they want to listen to.
Giving students hands-on learning experiences has been a pillar of the College of Engineering for decades. Thanks to support from donors from the 2022 Give Day, it is sure to continue for decades to come.
Give Day is a 29-hour online fundraiser held every year in conjunction with UC Davis Picnic Day. This past Give Day the university raised a record-breaking $4.1 million from more than 5,000 gifts to support colleges and departments across the university.
Biological and Agricultural Engineering Professor Gang Sun has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists Harold C. Chapin Award for his dedicated service and outstanding leadership.
Biological and Agricultural Engineering Professor Tina Jeoh received the 2021 Danisco Foundation Science Excellence Medal. Every year, the award recognizes one scientist for their scientific and operational excellence and a remarkable track record of accomplishments in research and collaboration with industry.
For the very best tips on how to choose, wash, and store grapes for maximum freshness and shelf-life, we turned to the faculty at UC Davis’ PostHarvest Technology Center, including Irwin Donis-González, assistant professor of cooperative extension in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.
CNBC spoke with several experts who are working to reduce water waste in agriculture and help sustain food production in a future where extreme climate will be more common, including Biological and Agricultural Engineering faculty Isaya Kisekka and Alireza Pourreza.