Taylorlab Blogs

Trials of conducting trials in a global pandemic -by Lauren Hibbert


Was this as a familiar sight for you as it was for me during peak lockdown?

If anything, the outbreak of COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of the global food chain in keeping our supermarkets stocked. My research focuses on the base of this food chain, working on developing nutritionally-dense and environmentally-friendly varieties of watercress. Despite the pandemic’s best efforts to keep me out of the field, I was able to start a UK field trial at a watercress farm in June this year.

The trial: what and why?


So why are we editing the genome of lettuce? - A blog by Annabelle Damerum

The humble lettuce… a garnish to your burger, the crunch in your sandwich, the star of your salad… Believe it or not, the lettuce industry rakes in over $2 billion in revenue in California, which grows over 2/3 of the lettuce consumed in the whole of the US, placing it as the 6th most valuable food commodity1. And this is before the consideration of value-added products, such as pre-prepared salads and baby leaf salad mixes.

Postharvest short-course- A blog by Felipe Becerra Sanchez

The UC Davis post-harvest centre was founded over 40 years ago by Adel Kader. The aim of this centre is to coordinate and gather knowledge to reduce postharvest losses and improve the product quality. From there till now, the postharvest centre remains as one of the top sources of postharvest knowledge offering three courses: Fruit ripening, Postharvest short-course and the Fresh cut workshop.

Reaching Net Zero at the University of California- A blog by Caspar Donnison

University of California (UC) is committed to reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions from its buildings and vehicle fleet by 2025. This is a very ambitious target but it also reflects the urgent need for rapid and aggressive decarbonisation of the American economy, if we are to avoid the most dangerous and damaging impacts of climate collapse.