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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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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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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Measuring Leaf Water Status: Tom Buckley Receives Seed Grant for International Partnership

Tom Buckley, professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, received a 2018–2019 Seed Grant from UC Davis Global Affairs for the project “Applying a Revolutionary New Method to Measure Leaf Water Potential in Intact, Functioning Leaves.” Global Affairs partners with UC Davis faculty to take on global innovative research, service, and engagement projects….

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Back-to-the-Future Plants Give Climate Change Insights: Outdoor labs give realistic sense of plant response to future climate change

Summary Experiments exposing today’s seeds with future CO2 conditions can fairly accurately portray future plant response Plant growth is stimulated as CO2 increases, but drought and high temperatures can limit that growth Higher-carb crops expected under future climate change If you were to take a seed and zap it into the future to see how…

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Resilient Cropping Systems for a Sustainable Future – Agroecologist Amelie Gaudin

Overview: This article, from Scientia, addresses Professor Amelie Gaudin’s research on developing better and diverse agricultural cropping systems. “The ultimate goal of our research is to use agroecological principles to help develop more efficient and resilient cropping systems,” said Gaudin. –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – Dr Amélie Gaudin at the…

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