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Wildfire Perceptions Largely Positive After Hiking in a Burned Landscape

March 26, 2020
When hikers returned to UC Davis Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve in 2016, a year after the Wragg wildfire, many expected to see a devastated landscape. They did, but many were also energized about the new changes they saw. Allie Weill, then a graduate student with Professor Andrew Latimer, Plant Sciences, published a paper on this.

Elephants Reverse the Depletion by Cattle of Soil Carbon and Nutrient Pools

March 24, 2020
Truman Young, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, co-authored an article showing that megaherbivores (elephants) mitigate the negative effects of cattle on tropical African savanna rangelands, where wild herbivore populations are declining. He is project director of the Kenya Long-term Exclosure Experiment (KLEE), the most productive field experiment in Africa, and the site of this research.

Cattle Ranchers Cope with Dry Pastures (Video)

March 19, 2020
This winter’s lack of rain, up until mid-March, did not produce much forage for cattle, or carryover vegetation. Leslie Roche, Department of Plant Sciences, covers rangelands and pasturelands, and says this has been commonplace this winter. Many grasses are producing seeds earlier, leading to less vegetative growth.

Supporting First-generation Ranchers in Coping with Drought and Climate Change

March 12, 2020
Leslie Roche and colleagues tell how new ranchers confront drought. Climate adaptation is important in agricultural systems, but new ranchers aren’t able to benefit from information passed down from multi-generational ranching families. First-generation ranchers are often young, female, and diverse, with different goals and needs.

Breeding, Part 2: Cling Peach, with Tom Gradziel (PODCAST)

March 09, 2020
Cling peach breeding is the topic of this podcast, featuring Tom Gradziel, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis. The podcast and discussion are hosted by Luke Milliron, UC Cooperative Extension.

Hemp Breeding and Seed Production Course — October 27–28, 2020

February 27, 2020
Registration is open for the Seed Biotechnology Center’s second annual “Hemp Breeding and Seed Production” course, October 27–28, 2020 at UC Davis. The course is for professionals working on hemp improvement and propagation. Instructors include experts from the public and private sectors. The debut course in 2019 generated great interest from multiple countries.

Effectiveness and Impacts of Dust Control Measures for Owens Lake

February 26, 2020
A new NAS report finds innovative approaches for dust control are needed at Owens Lake, California, to improve air quality, reduce water use, and preserve habitats. Professor Valerie Eviner, Plant Sciences, UC Davis, serves on the Owens Lake Scientific Advisory Panel (OLSAP) to assess how to manage Owens Lake.

UC Davis Ranked as Fulbright ‘Top Producer’: Plant Sciences Faculty are Recent Recipients

February 14, 2020
Ranked as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars, UC Davis has a long history of plant scientists receiving the scholarships. Steve Fennimore, a Cooperative Extension specialist, is one of this year’s recipients, and recent recipients include Cameron Pittelkow and Kassim Al-Khatib. Fennimore and Pittelkow both worked in Uruguay, and Al-Khatib worked in Turkey.

VIDEO: African Plant Breeding Academy, UC Davis

February 10, 2020
The African Plant Breeding Academy, UC Davis, created a video of learning experiences in the professional certificate program. The program is taught by world-class scientists, including several from UC Davis. Professional breeders who took the course give overviews of the science, skills, projects, networking, and collaboration opportunities they learned.

Taking a Byte Out of Big Data in Farming

February 06, 2020
Troy Magney, Dept. of Plant Sciences, is using methods such as hyperspectral imaging – a remote sensing technique – to measure plant water stress, nutrient status, biomass, and photosynthesis in order to make informed decisions about water and fertilizer management. This is important for global agriculture in the future.

National Hemp Day, February 4

February 04, 2020
National Hemp Day is February 4. Hemp has had a great historical importance for rope and canvas and was a required agricultural crop in the fledgling U.S. in the 1600s. UC Davis is now pursuing the many scientific, agricultural, and medicinal uses of hemp and cannabis.