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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Weed Day 2018

A sold-out crowd attended the 62nd annual Weed Day at UC Davis to learn about weed control practices; herbicide resistance and symptomology; aquatic weeds; weed management in vineyards, orchards, beans, and rice; and weed identification (including apps for weed ID). Weed Day is coordinated by the UC Weed Research and Information Center. Participants include academics…

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UC Davis Students Breed Beans for Organic Farming: New Varieties Will Be High Yield, Disease Resistant

Quick Summary Field tests have begun on high-yield, disease-resistant organic beans Hope is to have varieties available for commercial production after 2020 Researchers are breeding fast-growing plants to outcompete weeds Graduate students at the University of California, Davis, have begun field tests on very rare commodities: high-yield, disease-resistant bean varieties that can thrive on organic…

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Bruce Linquist: Distinguished Rice Research and Education Award

Plant Sciences faculty member and Cooperative Extension specialist Bruce Linquist received the Distinguished Rice Research and Education Award from the Rice Technical Working Group at their annual conference last month in Long Beach, California. Linquist chaired the conference. Linquist has been collaborating with rice researchers in the southern U.S., and he is the only California…

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I’m a fourth-generation California farmer: My research is one reason to support the University of California

I might be just the kind of person the state’s founders envisioned when on March 23, 1868 – 150 years ago Friday – they chartered the University of California. A fourth-generation California rice grower, I was able to go to a world-class university and pursue an advanced degree, thanks to California’s system of public higher…

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Gene Discovery May Halt Worldwide Wheat Epidemic: Gene Can Help Fend off Devastating Strain of Stem Rust

Summary Stem rust can destroy large percentage of world’s second most important grain New stem rust strain is spreading throughout Africa and threatens Asia’s bread basket Identification of effective resistance genes are critical to mitigate stem-rust threat University of California, Davis, researchers have identified a gene that enables resistance to a new devastating strain of…

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