Foundation Plant Services

Deborah Golino, Former Director of Foundation Plant Services, Dies

Deborah Golino, renowned plant pathologist, avid gardener and retired director of Foundation Plant Services, or FPS, at University of California, Davis, died Dec. 23.

Golino was a powerhouse, a kind friend and mentor who had a knack for seeing the big picture and making her vision happen. She was approachable yet formidable, known for her epic parties and willingness to help others.

She was 70 and will be dearly missed.

Foundation Plant Services Announces New Director, Maher Al Rwahnih

Foundation Plant Services (FPS) at the University of California (UC) Davis is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Maher Al Rwahnih as the next FPS Director. Maher’s extensive work with clean stock programs and viral diseases of woody plants along with his development of advanced diagnostic tools make him uniquely suited to advance the mission of FPS.

Foundation Plant Services

Since 1958, Foundation Plant Services has distributed virus-tested, professionally identified grape, fruit and nut tree propagation stock.

Foundation Plant Services produces, tests, maintains and distributes elite disease-tested plant propagation material; provides plant importation and quarantine, disease testing, virus elimination, and DNA identification services; coordinates release of UC-patented horticultural varieties; and links researchers, nurseries and producers.