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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Russell Ranch Field Day – Kernza, Corn, and Small Grains (amongst many other topics)

“More than Yield: Exploring the Full Potential of Our Agroecosystems” was the theme at Russell Ranch Field Day on June 12. Field tours included three topic areas: Soil Structure, Carbon, and Microbes Management and Cropping for Resilience Irrigation, Nutrient Retention, and Disease In addition to field tours, there were a number of flash talks (in…

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Three New Faculty Join the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis – Christine Diepenbrock, Amanda Crump, and Jagdish Kumar Ladha

Meet three faculty who recently joined the Department of Plant Sciences. They cover a broad range of research, teaching, and outreach expertise. Additional faculty recruitments in the department are underway, and will be posted once those new faculty join the department. Christine Diepenbrock Christine Diepenbrock has been appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department…

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Study Finds Indigenous Mexican Variety of Corn Captures the Nitrogen It Needs from the Air: Association with Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria Allows the Corn to Thrive Without Fertilizer

Summary A corn variety growing in nitrogen-depleted fields derived 28–82 percent of nitrogen it needed from the atmosphere A sugar-rich, gel-like substance on the corn’s aerial roots, called mucilage, attracts bacteria and other microbes that fix nitrogen A team from UC Davis, UW–Madison, and Mars, Incorporated worked in partnership with indigenous community in Sierra Mixe…

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UC Davis Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovation: Gurdev Khush

Gurdev Khush, a world-renowned plant geneticist, is the recipient of the UC Davis Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovation for his truly extraordinary leadership in developing rice strains that have enhanced the quality and quantity of global rice supplies. The award recognizes an acknowledged innovator whose career accomplishments include innovations that have led to a long-term…

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Calvin Qualset Receives Academic Senate’s ‘Distinguished Scholarly Public Service’ Award

UC Davis’ Academic Senate and Academic Federation honor their members each year for teaching, research, and public service. Calvin Qualset received the “Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award.” Here are all of this year’s awards: Academic Senate Faculty Distinguished Research Award Carlito Lebrilla (Chemistry) Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Calvin Qualset (Plant Sciences) Jeannie Darby (Civil and…

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