UC Davis Cracks the Walnut Genome

University of California, Davis December 9, 2015 by Ann Filmer Scientists at the University of California, Davis, have for the first time sequenced the genome of a commercial walnut variety. The information should accelerate the rate of breeding and variety improvement in walnuts and help breeders select for desired traits such as insect and disease…

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Newly Updated Drought Tips Available for Farmers

[In the fourth year of California drought, strategies for managing many crops are available from UC ANR.] by Jeannette Warnert, jewarnert@ucanr.edu UC ANR August 25, 2015 Drought strategies for managing alfalfa and many other crops are available free from UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. As California endures a fourth year of drought and ever-tightening water supplies, water-management strategies…

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Warm Winters Can Help Wildfire Recovery, As Long As There’s Enough Rain

[Ecosystems of South Africa’s Cape Floristic Region bounce back from wildfires much more quickly in warmer winter weather.] by Kat Kerlin, UC Davis July 6, 2015 Reprinted from UC Davis Egghead Blog, by Andy Fell Using more than a decade’s worth of daily satellite images, researchers have determined ecosystems of South Africa’s Cape Floristic Region…

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