Fire

Australia’s Wildfires in a California Context

January 08, 2020
Forest ecologist Malcolm North, with USDA and UC Davis Plant Sciences, helps put Australia’s wildfires into a California context, and what can be learned.

Plant Diversity a Casualty of High-Severity Wildfires

October 03, 2019
Sierra Nevada forests are losing plant diversity due to high-severity fires, according to a study from the University of California, Davis. These fires are turning patches of forest into shrub fields — indefinitely, in some cases.

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.

The California Tree Mortality Data Collection Network — Enhanced communication and collaboration among scientists and stakeholders

July 09, 2019
An article in California Agriculture addresses how critical research is underway to understand the consequences of the massive wave of tree mortality in the Sierra Nevada. Urgent dialogue has started among UC scientists, forest managers, and public agencies to manage the consequences of the unprecedented tree die-off and increase the resiliency of forests to future droughts.

Thinning Forests, Prescribed Fire Before Drought Reduced Tree Loss

June 05, 2019
Thinning forests and conducting prescribed burns may help preserve trees in future droughts and bark beetle epidemics expected under climate change. Thinning and prescribed fires reduced the number of trees that died during the bark beetle epidemic and drought that killed more than 129 million trees across the Sierra Nevada between 2012–2016.

Nature Love Stories, in Homage to Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2019
All week, leading to Valentine’s Day, read a “first love” nature story, by campus scientists. This story was written by Professor Andrew Latimer, Department of Plant Sciences, who studies how plants respond to change, including fire, drought and climate change.