Combining Vegetables and Livestock in Cambodian Farming

New research supported by the Horticulture Innovation Lab at UC Davis aims to help farmers in Cambodia better integrate growing vegetables, raising livestock and maintaining healthy soil — all in the same place. “By understanding the interactions between horticulture and livestock systems, we can help farmers make better use of agricultural inputs such as fertilizer…

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New Apricot Research Can Help Farmers and Reduce Poverty in Tajikistan

Apricots offer farmers in southern Tajikistan a profitable opportunity — particularly when dried for export to foreign markets. The Horticulture Innovation Lab, led by the University of California, Davis, is supporting a new research project that focuses on improving postharvest practices for dried apricots. In a region where 10 percent of the population lives on…

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Inventing a Low-Cost Solution to Reduce Moldy Foods: ‘DryCard’ Takes the Guesswork Out of Drying

How do you see dryness? Solar drying is a simple way for smallholder farmers to preserve their harvest, but knowing when food is dry enough to store is complex. UC Davis researchers invented a low-cost, easy-to-use tool that farmers can use to measure food dryness, called the DryCardTM. In developing countries, mold growth on dried…

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HM Clause a First Recipient of UC Davis Innovation Awards

Ralph J. Hexter, acting chancellor of the University of California, Davis, announced the recipients of a new series of innovation awards. The UC Davis Chancellor’s Innovation Awards recognize faculty, community partners, and industry leaders for their work, dedication and success in achieving societal impact either through innovations in technology or social engagement. “These new awards…

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Louise Ferguson: Outstanding Extension Publication

Louise Ferguson, a faculty member and Cooperative Extension specialist in the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences, recently received the ASHS Outstanding Extension Publication Award for 2014 as co-author of the paper, “Transformation of an Ancient Crop: Preparing California ‘Manazanillo’ Table Olives for Mechanical Harvesting,” which was published in HortTechnology. Ferguson, who is honored to…

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