Soil Health in Organic Farming: Podcast

May 07, 2020
One challenge in organic crops is trying to reduce soil disturbance as much as possible. Jeff Mitchell, a faculty member in Plant Sciences, is a vegetable crops specialist with UC Cooperative Extension. He works with organic farmers throughout California to research practices that may help them improve their soil health.

Ninth Annual UC Davis Plant Science Symposium, May 6, 2020

April 22, 2020
The 2020 Plant Science Symposium at UC Davis will be held on May 6, and will be online through Zoom. This student-run symposium is built to stimulate discussions about the future of agriculture. It includes speakers and attendees from both academia and industry, and the public and private sectors. Hosted by the Plant Breeding Center and the Department of Plant Sciences.

Soil Health Practices Show Economic and Ecological Benefits

April 17, 2020
California organic farmers are sharing information about their efforts to combine reduced tillage with the use of cover crops on their vegetable farms to protect and improve soil health while adding carbon and diversity to their production systems. Jeff Mitchell, Plant Sciences, UC Davis, is spearheading this ongoing project.

Conservation Agriculture Key in Meeting UN Sustainable Development Goals

April 16, 2020
Conservation agriculture is key in meeting UN Sustainable Development Goals. A new analysis shows benefits of conservation agriculture to crop performance, water efficiency, and climate action in South Asia. JK Ladha, an adjunct professor in Plant Sciences, UC Davis, is co-author of the Nature Sustainability article.

Almond Orchard Recycling a Climate-Smart Strategy

April 01, 2020
Recycling trees onsite can sequester carbon, save water and increase crop yields, making it a climate-smart practice for California’s irrigated almond orchards. Professor Amelie Gaudin, Plant Sciences, UC Davis, worked with postdocs, grad students, and Cooperative Extension colleagues.

Mexican corn to feed poor nations?

March 31, 2020
Can an ancient corn from Mexico help feed people in developing regions around the world? Allen Van Deynze and other researchers at UC Davis and Northern California, and in Mexico, have been working hard to answer that question.

¿Maíz mexicano para alimentar a los países pobres?

March 31, 2020
¿Maíz mexicano para alimentar a los países pobres? Investigadores estadounidenses y mexicanos buscan una solución alimentaria global. Allen Van Deynze, UC Davis.

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.

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.