Agriculture

Fields on Fire: Alternatives to Crop Residue Burning in India

August 20, 2019
A new article in the journal Science – Fields on Fire: Alternatives to Crop Residue Burning in India – addresses the environmental problems associated with crop burning in India, and presents alternatives such as changing cropping systems and adopting different management practices. J.K. Ladha, Plant Sciences, UC Davis, is a co-author.

Broomrape Eradication is High Priority for UC Researchers

August 14, 2019
Control of branched broomrape, a parasitic weed that can badly infest tomato and other crop fields, was addressed by UC Davis, UC ANR researchers — Brad Hanson, Mohsen Mesgaran, and Matt Fatino — at the annual Weed Day field day at UC Davis.

Travis Parker Wins National Photo Contest in Plant Breeding

August 05, 2019
Travis Parker, Plant Sciences grad student, won first place in the national NAPB Photo Contest. His photo is a variety of high-value common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) developed at UC Davis. One of his Ph.D. projects is breeding new high-value heirloom-type bean varieties for culinary quality and good field performance.

Rice Field Day, August 28, 2019

July 24, 2019
The annual Rice Field Day will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2019. The day includes field tours of research on rice varieties and its diseases and pests. Kassim Al-Khatib and Bruce Linquist, Plant Sciences, UC Davis, will be among the speakers.

Seed and Variety Improvement in Vegetable Production (video #9 of 26)

July 15, 2019
This video features Professors Kent Bradford and Diane Beckles, Research Scientist Roger Chetelat, and Ph.D. student Karin Albornoz from the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, and other plant breeding professionals. They address why breeding and seed production are so important for the vegetable industry.

Weed Management in Specialty Crop Production (video #7 of 26)

July 08, 2019
Weeds can result in yield losses in California’s specialty crops. They also harbor pests and diseases. In this video, weed specialist Steve Fennimore (Plant Sciences, UC Davis, and UC ANR) addresses the use of herbicides and hand labor, along with the cost of weed control.

Breeding Plants for the Farm of the Future

June 28, 2019
Breeding crops has been practiced for millennia — new technology has greatly enhanced the ability of plant breeders to feed the world’s growing population, while spearheading a new era of agriculture in harmony with nature and people. Sustainability, Disease resistance, and Labor efficiency are pressing issues in plant breeding.