Back-to-the-Future Plants Give Climate Change Insights: Outdoor labs give realistic sense of plant response to future climate change

Summary Experiments exposing today’s seeds with future CO2 conditions can fairly accurately portray future plant response Plant growth is stimulated as CO2 increases, but drought and high temperatures can limit that growth Higher-carb crops expected under future climate change If you were to take a seed and zap it into the future to see how…

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Resilient Cropping Systems for a Sustainable Future – Agroecologist Amelie Gaudin

Overview: This article, from Scientia, addresses Professor Amelie Gaudin’s research on developing better and diverse agricultural cropping systems. “The ultimate goal of our research is to use agroecological principles to help develop more efficient and resilient cropping systems,” said Gaudin. –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – Dr Amélie Gaudin at the…

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Bruce Linquist: Distinguished Rice Research and Education Award

Plant Sciences faculty member and Cooperative Extension specialist Bruce Linquist received the Distinguished Rice Research and Education Award from the Rice Technical Working Group at their annual conference last month in Long Beach, California. Linquist chaired the conference. Linquist has been collaborating with rice researchers in the southern U.S., and he is the only California…

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I’m a fourth-generation California farmer: My research is one reason to support the University of California

I might be just the kind of person the state’s founders envisioned when on March 23, 1868 – 150 years ago Friday – they chartered the University of California. A fourth-generation California rice grower, I was able to go to a world-class university and pursue an advanced degree, thanks to California’s system of public higher…

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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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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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