UC Davis a Top 5 Public University in U.S. — No. 1 in Plant and Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, and More

UC Davis is the best for reasons you may already know — our world-leading veterinary medicine and agriculture programs, for starters — and plenty of reasons you might not. For example, have you heard that we’re No. 1 in the U.S. for campus sustainability? Or that we’re the No. 1 Most Important School for Women in…

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Students Get Hands-On Opportunities in Plant Sciences at UC Davis

Undergraduate students studying plant sciences and related subjects at UC Davis get plenty of field experience in plant production, including field trips, and hearing from growers about potential careers in plant sciences. Vegetable Crop Production (PLS 110) is taught fall quarter by Dr. Jeffrey Mitchell, a faculty member and Cooperative Extension Specialist. Not only do…

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Rice Plants That Reproduce as Clones from Seed: Hybrid varieties a potential breakthrough for global agriculture

Plant biologists at the University of California, Davis, have discovered a way to make crop plants replicate through seeds as clones. The discovery, long sought by plant breeders and geneticists, could make it easier to propagate high-yielding, disease-resistant or climate-tolerant crops and make them available to the world’s farmers.  The researchers published their findings Dec. 12…

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Horticulture Innovation Lab Students Take Top Honors in ‘Agrilinks Young Scholar Blog Contest’

This fall the Agrilinks website held a young scholar blog contest to draw attention to the digital, first-hand stories of the next generation of global food security researchers. Plucked out of a sea of provoking narratives, blog posts penned by three students from the Horticulture Innovation Lab’s network were honored in the competition: Lauren Howe, a UC Davis student pursuing a master’s degree in…

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Development of an Automated Delivery System for Therapeutic Materials to Treat HLB-infected Citrus (Citrus Greening Disease)

Louise Ferguson, a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis and with UC Cooperative Extension, is a Co-PI in a $3.4 million USDA NIFA-funded project, “Development of an automated delivery system for therapeutic materials to treat HLB-infected citrus.” The four-year project is based at University of Florida, UC Davis/UC Cooperative…

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Back-to-the-Future Plants Give Climate Change Insights: Outdoor labs give realistic sense of plant response to future climate change

Summary Experiments exposing today’s seeds with future CO2 conditions can fairly accurately portray future plant response Plant growth is stimulated as CO2 increases, but drought and high temperatures can limit that growth Higher-carb crops expected under future climate change If you were to take a seed and zap it into the future to see how…

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Change on the Range: Is a New Generation of Young, Female Ranchers Ready to Adapt to Climate Change?

A new breed of ranchers is bringing diverse demographics and unique needs to rangeland management in California. These first-generation ranchers are often young, female and less likely to, in fact, own a ranch. But like more traditional rangeland managers, this new generation holds a deep love for the lifestyle and landscapes that provide a wealth…

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