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Researcher Invitation to Visit San Joaquin Valley Soil Health Demonstration

February 21, 2019

UC Cooperative Extension cropping systems specialist Jeff Mitchell is issuing a standing invitation to the public to visit the site of an ongoing conservation agriculture research project and see for themselves the results of long-term soil-building practices.

“Every Friday morning from 9 o’clock till noon, beginning in February and going through June, I invite folks to come to the project site to see up close and personal just what soil health means,” Mitchell said.

Biodiversity Museum Day: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019

February 13, 2019

UC Davis’ eighth annual Biodiversity Museum Day is happening on Saturday. It’s a free educational event, open to the public, and features the university’s natural-world museums and collections. Not only can you explore the collections, but you can talk with scientists and students about their work.

The 13 collections that can be visited (with links to the plant-focused collections):

The Power of Data: Improving the Management of Rangeland Ecosystems (Video)

January 28, 2019

Plant Sciences professors Ken Tate and Valerie Eviner, UC Davis, are highlighted in this video about rangeland management and working landscapes. Ken Tate is a statewide Cooperative Extension Specialist in California, who studies working rangelands to aid ranchers and managers in implementing sustainable livestock grazing management.

UC Davis a Top 5 Public University in U.S. — No. 1 in Plant and Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, and More

January 24, 2019



UC Davis is the best for reasons you may already know — our world-leading veterinary medicine and agriculture programs, for starters — and plenty of reasons you might not. For example, have you heard that we’re No. 1 in the U.S. for campus sustainability? Or that we’re the No. 1 Most Important School for Women in STEM?

Students Get Hands-On Opportunities in Plant Sciences

January 07, 2019

Undergraduate students studying plant sciences and related subjects at UC Davis get plenty of field experience in plant production, including field trips, and hearing from growers about potential careers in plant sciences.

Rice Plants That Reproduce as Clones from Seed: Hybrid varieties a potential breakthrough for global agriculture

December 17, 2018

Plant biologists at the University of California, Davis, have discovered a way to make crop plants replicate through seeds as clones. The discovery, long sought by plant breeders and geneticists, could make it easier to propagate high-yielding, disease-resistant or climate-tolerant crops and make them available to the world’s farmers. 

The researchers published their findings Dec. 12 in the journal Nature

Horticulture Innovation Lab Students Take Top Honors in 'Agrilinks Young Scholar Blog Contest'

December 10, 2018

This fall the Agrilinks website held a young scholar blog contest to draw attention to the digital, first-hand stories of the next generation of global food security researchers. Plucked out of a sea of provoking narratives, blog posts penned by three students from the Horticulture Innovation Lab’s network were honored in the competition:

How Plant Cells Build Walls

December 04, 2018

Cell division is a fundamental aspect of life. Without cell division, living organisms do not grow. The last step of cell division, also called cytokinesis, is uniquely different in plants from that in animals and fungi due to the presence of cell walls in plants.

Eduardo Blumwald and Jorge Dubcovsky among 19 from UC Davis in the Global List of Most-Cited Researchers

December 03, 2018

Nineteen researchers from the University of California, Davis, have been named in the annual Highly Cited Researchers 2018 list released by Clarivate Analytics. The list identifies exceptional scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant influence by publishing multiple papers that rank in the top 1 percent by citations in a particular field and year, over a 10-year period.

Among the list are two professors in the Department of Plant Sciences: