Strip Seeding California Grasslands to Restore Native Perennials and Improve Ecosystem Services (Video)

“California grasslands are very different from their original state,” said Professor Emilio Laca, an agricultural ecologist in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis. “They have been completely invaded by exotic species, several of which have become naturalized in the ecosystem, and the grasslands have lost most of the native perennial plant component.” The…

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Researcher Invitation to Visit San Joaquin Valley Soil Health Demonstration

UC Cooperative Extension cropping systems specialist Jeff Mitchell is issuing a standing invitation to the public to visit the site of an ongoing conservation agriculture research project and see for themselves the results of long-term soil-building practices. “Every Friday morning from 9 o’clock till noon, beginning in February and going through June, I invite folks…

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The Power of Data: Improving the Management of Rangeland Ecosystems (Video)

Plant Sciences professors Ken Tate and Valerie Eviner, UC Davis, are highlighted in this video about rangeland management and working landscapes. Ken Tate is a statewide Cooperative Extension Specialist in California, who studies working rangelands to aid ranchers and managers in implementing sustainable livestock grazing management. Valerie Eviner studies variations in ecological controls over plant…

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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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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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