Redwood Genome Project is Cover Story on ‘CBS Sunday Morning’: Genome Sequencing Research by David Neale, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

“Mapping the Genome of Redwoods” is the feature story on CBS Sunday Morning this coming Sunday (July 1). Featured in the program are Distinguished Professor David Neale and his research team (Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis), and the Save the Redwoods League. The news clip from the CBS television site notes, “They are among…

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Calvin Qualset Receives Academic Senate’s ‘Distinguished Scholarly Public Service’ Award

UC Davis’ Academic Senate and Academic Federation honor their members each year for teaching, research, and public service. Calvin Qualset received the “Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award.” Here are all of this year’s awards: Academic Senate Faculty Distinguished Research Award Carlito Lebrilla (Chemistry) Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Calvin Qualset (Plant Sciences) Jeannie Darby (Civil and…

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Native Wildflowers Bank on Seeds Underground to Endure Drought

Exotic Grasses Depleted Seed Bank Accounts During Drought While Natives Were Saved Quick Summary Native wildflowers saved a lot of seeds during California’s drought — 201 percent more than usual Exotic grasses decreased their seed bank by 52 percent during the drought Drought-tolerant wildflowers enjoyed the greatest increases Effects of a prolonged drought remain unknown,…

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Decoding the Redwoods: As Threats to California’s Giant Redwoods Grow, Their Salvation Might Be in Their Complex Genetic Code

[Summary from the Washington Post]: As California’s climate changes to one of extremes, the only coast redwoods on the planet are in peril. Just 5 percent of the redwoods that stood before 1849 are still alive. Scientists are mapping the coast redwood’s genome, a genetic code 12 times larger than that of a human being….

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Plant and Environmental Sciences Doubles Up on Green Certifications

Quick Summary The Plant and Environmental Sciences building at UC Davis earns LEED gold for operations and maintenance The first-ever BREEAM certification for in-use academic building in United States The goal with BREEAM ‘is to build sustainable practices into our operations across campus’ UC Davis’ Green Building Team has news to shout from the rooftop…

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Cooperative Extension is Key to Unlocking Public Engagement with Science

Summary: The need for scientists — and ecologists, in particular — to engage with the public is well known. This article addresses how the U.S. land-grant mission and the Cooperative Extension system have initiated, developed, and implemented models of public engagement for the past 100 years. Cooperative Extension engages through trusted and established relationships, and…

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Genome Project Will Restore Health of Coast Redwood and Giant Sequoia Forests

Some trees are better at surviving drought, fire, pests, and diseases than other trees. By identifying the genes responsible for these adaptations, scientists can compile a scalable database that will aid resource managers as they plan long-term conservation strategies, particularly as the climate changes. Professor David Neale, UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences, showed in…

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Earth’s Oldest Trees in Climate-Induced Race up the Tree Line — Bristlecone pine trees in the Great Basin are losing the game of leapfrog with the limber pine

Summary: Tree-line species are shifting in the Great Basin of the U.S. Limber pine trees are ‘leapfrogging,’ slowly, over ancient bristlecone pines upslope. If limber pine trees block bristlecones from advancing upslope, bristlecones could face local extirpations. *     *     *     *     * Bristlecone pine and limber pine trees in the Great Basin region are like…

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