How Much Drought Can a Forest Take? Aerial Tree Mortality Surveys Show Patterns of Tree Death During Extreme Drought

Quick Summary Trees in the driest, densest forests are most vulnerable to dying in extreme drought Effects of extreme drought on forests can take years to surface High tree mortality rates likely to continue as drought effects linger Why do some trees die in a drought and others don’t? And how can we predict where…

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Restoring Back to the Future

Climate change raises an important question for restoration ecology: What’s the best way to heal the land when its future environment won’t look like its past? Valerie Eviner, UC Davis. “It’s a huge issue,” said Valerie Eviner, a restoration ecology professor in the Department of Plant Sciences. “We look at our changing climate and ask,…

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Gene Blocking Lettuce Germination also Regulates Flowering Time: Discovery Could Be Crucial for Adapting to Climate Change

By Pat Bailey, UC Davis News and Media Relations Quick Summary Gene functions by acting on certain microRNAs Process helps adapt timing of seed dormancy and flowering to environmental conditions Findings important for $1.9 billion U.S. lettuce industry Like most annuals, lettuce plants live out their lives in quiet, three-act dramas that follow the seasons….

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UC Davis Wins Specialty-Crops Grants for Lettuce and Conservation Agriculture Projects

Improving lettuce crops is the aim of a new, $4.5 million grant, awarded to University of California, Davis, researchers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The five-year, renewable grant is part of USDA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative funding program, made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. This award is…

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