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Success in achieving our missions is greatly enhanced by our many collaborations and strong professional relationships.  

Our partners include:  The University of California at Davis, members of the National Plant Germplasm System and other USDA/ARS scientists, plant science faculty at many universities around the world, researchers and agriculturists at many commercial farms, and dedicated avocational horticulturists such as members of the California Rare Fruit Growers. 

Non-Federal Partners:


University of California-Davis

UCD Department of Plant Sciences

UCD Department of Enology & Viticulture

Yolo County Department of Agriculture

California Rare Fruit Growers

For Information about partnering with ARS please contact:

Technology Transfer Coordinators:


Patent Advisors:


David Nicholson
PWA Technology Transfer Coordinator
Phone:  510-559-5641
Fax:  510-559-6091


Elizabeth Sampson
PWA Patent Advisor
Phone:  510-559-6067
Fax:  510-559-5736

Diane Ward,

PWA Technology Transfer Assistant

Phone: (510)559-5619

Fax: (510)559-6091


Howard Owens
PWA Patent Advisor
Phone:  510-559-5731
Fax:  510-559-5736