Fields on Fire: Alternatives to Crop Residue Burning in India

A new article in the journal Science – “Fields on Fire: Alternatives to Crop Residue Burning in India” – addresses the environmental problems associated with crop burning in India, and presents alternatives such as changing cropping systems and adopting different management practices. “Alternatives to crop residue burning in India are critical because of serious air…

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UC Davis Partners with DEA-Approved Company to Conduct Cannabis Research: Researchers will seek to better understand the science of cannabis

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have partnered with a federally compliant pharmaceutical company to analyze the chemical and biological profiles of cannabis for the benefit of law enforcement, health care providers and scientific professionals. The agreement with Biopharmaceutical Research Company (BRC), which is registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, is among the…

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The California Tree Mortality Data Collection Network — Enhanced communication and collaboration among scientists and stakeholders

An article in the new issue of California Agriculture addresses how critical research and dialogue are underway to understand the consequences of the massive wave of tree mortality in the Sierra Nevada. Over 147 million dead trees were detected in California by the U.S. Forest Service from 2010 to 2018. The massive tree mortality, mostly…

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UC Davis Plant Sciences Students Samantha Hilborn and Carolina Vaquerano Attend Congressional Visits Day

As the end of the academic year arrives, we’re pleased to highlight two Plant Sciences students who had the opportunity to go to Congressional Visits Day earlier this quarter. Samantha Hilborn (an M.S. student working with Charlie Brummer and Allen Van Deynze in Plant Sciences), and Carolina Vaquerano (a B.S. student who works in Brummer’s…

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UC Davis Continues Long History of Agricultural Development in Egypt through USAID Project

UC Davis recently joined a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to bring agricultural expertise and training from four American land-grant universities to agricultural universities in Egypt. The five-year, $30 million project will establish a Center of Excellence for Agriculture at Cairo University. The goal is to equip faculty and students…

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USDA Statement on Plant Breeding Innovation

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued a statement (March 28, 2018) providing clarification on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) oversight of plants produced through innovative new breeding techniques which include techniques called genome editing. Under its biotechnology regulations, USDA does not regulate or have any plans to regulate plants that could otherwise have…

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Regulatory Barriers to the Development of Innovative Agricultural Biotechnology by Small Businesses and Universities

New CAST issue paper, co-authored by Professor Kent Bradford at UC Davis, examines the current U.S. regulatory system for GE crops, compares it with those of major trading partners, and considers the effects it has on agricultural biotechnology. The authors of this paper demonstrate that the current process-based U.S. biotechnology regulatory system is a barrier…

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