Policy

Valerie Eviner named fellow in Earth Leadership Program

Valerie Eviner, professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, has been named a 2021 fellow in the North American cohort of the Earth Leadership Program. The program will provide leadership training and will enable scientists, across many disciplines, to co-design solutions with stakeholders on pressing global sustainability issues.

Conservation Agriculture Key in Meeting UN Sustainable Development Goals

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.

Effectiveness and Impacts of Dust Control Measures for Owens Lake

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.

Plant Adaptation and California’s Changing Environment

Gail Taylor, professor and department chair, spoke to a packed meeting at UC Center Sacramento on “Plant Adaptation to Climate Change in California,” focusing on potential climate change impacts on agriculture. The center educates future policy-makers and leaders in the craft of politics and policy-making.

Cannabis and Hemp: Academia Town Hall Panel

John Yoder, Plant Sciences, UC Davis, participated in an academic panel at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition. The panel addressed the plant science, public policy, law, and student education aspects of cannabis. Yoder shared UC Davis’ strengths in the genetics, biochemistry, and how cannabis and hemp plants grow. VIDEO included.

Fields on Fire: Alternatives to Crop Residue Burning in India

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

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.