Rainfall Drives Variation in Rates of Change in Intrinsic Water Use Efficiency of Tropical Forests

In a new article in the journal Nature Communications – Rainfall Drives Variation in Rates of Change in Intrinsic Water Use Efficiency of Tropical Forests – the authors inferred water use efficiency (WUE) from carbon isotope discrimination in tree rings from tropical forests around the world for most of the 20th century (1915–1995). “As expected,…

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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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Barbara Blanco-Ulate, UC Davis Plant Sciences, is a Hellman Fellow

Barbara Blanco-Ulate, Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, received a prestigious Hellman Fellowship grant this year for the research project “Epigenomics of Tomato Fruit Susceptibility to Fungal Disease.” Blanco-Ulate’s overall research focuses on the systems biology of fruit ripening, fruit-pathogen interactions, and postharvest quality. The one-year grants are awarded to early-career…

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Strip Seeding California Grasslands to Restore Native Perennials and Improve Ecosystem Services (Video)

“California grasslands are very different from their original state,” said Professor Emilio Laca, an agricultural ecologist in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis. “They have been completely invaded by exotic species, several of which have become naturalized in the ecosystem, and the grasslands have lost most of the native perennial plant component.” The…

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Louise Ferguson Named President-Elect of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS)

Louise Ferguson, faculty member in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis, and UC ANR Cooperative Extension pomology specialist for California, is the new President-elect of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), a professional academic society. Her appointment commenced in July 2019 at the ASHS annual conference in Las Vegas. Following the upcoming…

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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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Drones help rice farmers hone fertilizer application and reduce crop fungal diseases

University of California rice researchers are exploring a more precise way of deciding whether the crop would benefit from a side-dress nitrogen fertilizer application, using drone-mounted cameras. Hand-held Greenseeker-normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) readings have already replaced color charts as a research tool for in-season fertilizer decisions, but drone photos of the normalized difference red…

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