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Kearney-based nematologist Andreas Westphal awarded tenure

UC Riverside nematologist Andreas Westphal hosted lunch for staff and academics at the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center May 11 in appreciation for their support. In April, he was awarded tenure. Congratulations Andreas!

Andreas Westphal, center, thanks the staff and academics at the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center.
Andreas Westphal, right, with long-time nematology staff research associate Tom Buzo.
The Kearney nematology team. Left to right, Iris Montez, Carolina Eberlein, Yu-Chen Wang, Ryan Peckett, Zinthuzar Maung, Andreas Westphal and Tom Buzo.
Posted on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 1:07 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture

Sunpreme raisins a hit at the UC Kearney Grape Day 2017

Excitement over the new Sunpreme raisins was evident at UC Kearney Grape Day Aug. 8, 2017. As soon as the tram stopped, dozens of farmers and other industry professionals rushed over to the vineyard to take a close look and sample the fruit. Raisins pulled from the vine were meaty with very little residual seed. The flavor was a deep, sweet floral with a muscat note.

Sunpreme raisins, bred by now-retired USDA breeder David Ramming, promise a nearly labor-free raisin production system. Traditionally, raisins are picked and placed on paper trays on the vineyard floor to dry. The development of dried-on-the-vine varieties opened the door to greater mechanization. Workers would cut the stems above clusters...

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Sunpreme raisins drying on their own in a Kearney vineyard.

Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 10:39 AM

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