Relations sour between berry growers, university

By From page A5 | August 17, 2014

DAVIS — Things are souring between California’s strawberry growers and the University of California, Davis.

The Sacramento Bee reports that growers worry a university breeding program they have long relied on for new varieties will shut down.

Not so, say university officials. That assurance that hasn’t stopped an association representing growers from filing a lawsuit.

Strawberry varieties developed by UC Davis represent just over half of California’s crop, which is valued at about $2 billion annually.

Now, the school’s two strawberry breeders plan to leave and form their own company.

The private California Strawberry Commission, which for decades has funded research at Davis, filed a lawsuit that alleged the university plans to abandon its plant-breeding program.

UC officials want the complaint dismissed, saying the breeding program will continue.


The Associated Press

The Associated Press


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  • JimboAugust 17, 2014 - 10:34 am

    So it must be UC Davis who created the current gawd awful strains of hollowed out strawberries. It is like getting ripped off with every berry to the consumer.

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