Restoring Back to the Future

Climate change raises an important question for restoration ecology: What’s the best way to heal the land when its future environment won’t look like its past? Valerie Eviner, UC Davis. “It’s a huge issue,” said Valerie Eviner, a restoration ecology professor in the Department of Plant Sciences. “We look at our changing climate and ask,…

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A Focus on Forgotten Crops

UC Davis is partnering in a global plant-breeding consortium fighting malnutrition and poverty in Africa by improving the continent’s traditional crops. The African Orphan Crop Consortium — conceived by Howard Shapiro, a senior fellow at UC Davis and the chief agricultural officer at Mars Inc. —  is making great strides in its ambitious attempt to…

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After California Wildfires, Southern Plant Species Are on the Rise

University of California, Davis August 10, 2015 As California wildfires burn tree canopies and forest floors, the plants that are recolonizing the burned understory are increasingly those found in more southern areas of the West, according to a study from the University of California, Davis. “The plants we’re finding underneath our forests are becoming more…

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