Fight continues between UC-Davis and strawberry commission

04/24/2014 05:11:00 PM
Coral Beach

“The majority of the commission’s growers will not obtain the new strawberry varieties that Shaw and Larson will develop from the germplasm because Shaw and Larson intend to exclusively distribute the new strawberry varieties to select growers,” according to the complaint.

The commission contends growers have paid $60 million to the university since the 1950s to directly finance strawberry breeding and in royalties to plant those varieties.

University officials call the commission’s lawsuit meritless in their news release.

The dean of the UC-Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences was scheduled to meet with state legislators in Sacramento the week of April 21 “to reaffirm the university’s commitment to the program and address misconceptions set forth in the lawsuit,” according to the news release.

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