Research and Information Centers Help California and the World

The land-grant mission of UC Davis lies deep in the roots of the Plant Sciences department. Step 1: Research The federal Hatch Act of 1887 established an Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) at each state’s land-grant college to conduct research on critical agricultural production challenges. The University of California is the state’s land-grant university, with the…

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Overview of the Department of Plant Sciences

Department Formation The Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis was created in 2004 by consolidating four commodity-based departments: Agronomy and Range Science, Environmental Horticulture, Pomology, and Vegetable Crops. The Plant Sciences department is now one of the leading departments in the country, focusing on plant, agricultural, and environmental sciences. Combining faculty from four departments…

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Faculty Profile: Leslie Roche

Sustaining California’s Rangelands Leslie Roche, a new faculty member in the Department of Plant Sciences, is a Cooperative Extension specialist in rangeland management. She also has statewide responsibilities with Cooperative Extension in the UC systemwide Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The overarching theme of her program is looking at rangelands as working landscapes to…

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