Automated Weeders are Attracting More Interest: Steve Fennimore Explains

Weed control is a continual struggle for vegetable growers, particularly hand weeding. Hand weeding is a major expense for crops like lettuce, and accounts for about 50 percent of the weed control costs for growers, according to Steve Fennimore, Cooperative Extension specialist and faculty member with the Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis….

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Arabidopsis Uses Defense Metabolites to Mediate Drought Tolerance

Brassica plants, such as broccoli, produce specialized metabolites that benefit humans by inducing anti-cancer defenses and providing flavor. These same compounds benefit the plant by attacking insects. Recent work however is showing that the plant also uses these flavor/anti-cancer compounds to defend against drought. The metabolite, glucoraphanin (4-methylsulfinylbutyl glucosinolate), is the focus of a new…

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Rice Field Day, August 28, 2019

The annual Rice Field Day, sponsored by the California Cooperative Rice Research Foundation and the University of California, will be held at the Rice Experiment Station in Biggs, California on Wednesday, August 28, 2019. The day includes field tours of research on rice varieties and its diseases and pests. Kassim Al-Khatib, professor of weed science,…

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Weed Management in Specialty Crop Production (video #7 of 26)

Competition from weeds can result in yield losses in California’s specialty crop systems. Weeds can also harbor pests and diseases. Weed management is an important component of vegetable production systems to maintain sustainability. Weed specialist Steve Fennimore (Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources) is featured in this video, and…

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Thinning Forests, Prescribed Fire Before Drought Reduced Tree Loss

Treatments May Reduce Loss in Future Droughts and Bark Beetle Epidemics Thinning forests and conducting prescribed burns may help preserve trees in future droughts and bark beetle epidemics expected under climate change, suggests a study from the University of California, Davis. The study, published in the journal Ecological Applications, found that thinning and prescribed fire…

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FFAR Awards $225,000 Grant to UC Davis to Enhance Soil Practices in Almond Orchards

DAVIS and WASHINGTON (March 28, 2019) – More than 80 percent of the world’s almonds are produced in California, and this industry contributes $21 billion to the state’s economy. In recognition of the need to develop more resilient almond orchards, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) awarded a $225,000 Seeding Solutions Grant to…

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