Water Conservation: The New ‘Normal’ – Drought Irrigation Strategies

Since water conservation will be an ongoing practice in California, University of California scientists are continually developing practical information for agriculture, rangelands, urban landscapes, and animal production. This series of publications was produced by UC experts throughout California. Published by UC ANR, authors include professors and Cooperative Extension specialists in the Dept. of Plant Sciences…

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Miller Plant Science Award Recipients

The Milton D. and Mary M. Miller Plant Science Award at UC Davis provides grants to students and Cooperative Extension employees with career interests in Cooperative Extension and plant sciences. This year had the highest number of applicants. Recipients of this year’s award: Graduate Students (by graduate group) Horticulture and Agronomy: Kelsey DeRose, Liberty Galvin,…

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Inventing a Low-Cost Solution to Reduce Moldy Foods: ‘DryCard’ Takes the Guesswork Out of Drying

How do you see dryness? Solar drying is a simple way for smallholder farmers to preserve their harvest, but knowing when food is dry enough to store is complex. UC Davis researchers invented a low-cost, easy-to-use tool that farmers can use to measure food dryness, called the DryCardTM. In developing countries, mold growth on dried…

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Joe DiTomaso Receives Outstanding Research Award, Weed Science Society of America

Joe DiTomaso, professor and Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis, received the Outstanding Research Award from the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA). The award is for researchers who have demonstrated originality and creativity and whose work has had an impact in the field of weed science. The award…

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Kassim Al-Khatib: New Director of the Weed Research and Information Center

Plant Sciences professor and Cooperative Extension specialist Kassim Al-Khatib is the new director of the Weed Research and Information Center, an interdisciplinary collaboration that fosters research in weed management and facilitates distribution of associated knowledge for the benefit of agriculture and for the preservation of natural resources. Al-Khatib’s research interests are in herbicide drift, herbicide…

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Research and Information Centers Help California and the World

The land-grant mission of UC Davis lies deep in the roots of the Plant Sciences department. Step 1: Research The federal Hatch Act of 1887 established an Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) at each state’s land-grant college to conduct research on critical agricultural production challenges. The University of California is the state’s land-grant university, with the…

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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? “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, ‘What will grow? What’s…

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