Trees

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.

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.

Happy Holidays from Plant Sciences, UC Davis

December 19, 2019
Happy holidays to our Plant Sciences faculty, staff, students, alumni, and to all of our partners and friends who work with us on pressing issues in plant and environmental sciences. Enjoy this stunning photo of giant sequoias by Zane Moore, a Ph.D. student in our department, who works with Professor David Neale. Neale’s lab is sequencing the giant sequoia.

Kester, a Productive Late Bloom Almond Variety from University of California, Davis

November 21, 2019
Kester almond was developed at the University of California, Davis, Almond Breeding Program with support from the Almond Board of California. The program was developed to breed new varieties and germplasm to meet the emerging needs of the expanding California almond industry. Professor Tom Gradziel in Plant Sciences, has conducted much of the research.

Becoming Arizona: Sacramento’s Urban Heat Island Divide

November 05, 2019
Urban heat islands are areas with few trees, little shade and an environment that releases heat into the air. Trees make cities more livable as temperatures rise with climate change. Heat islands can coincide with impoverished areas and human health problems. Mary Cadenasso, Plant Sciences professor, researches heat islands.

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.

The Genetics of Drought Tolerance in Bioenergy Poplar Trees

August 22, 2019
Bioenergy crops are central to climate mitigation strategies. Bioenergy is a developing renewable resource, but it can impact land for food, and ecosystem services. Gail Taylor, Plant Sciences, received $2.52 million from the Department of Energy to develop bioenergy poplar trees for low-quality, marginal land.

Tahoe State of the Lake: Heritage Aspens and the Threat of White Satin Moth

August 02, 2019
While much of the 2019 Tahoe State of the Lake Report is about the lake itself, it also addresses the severe defoliation that many aspen stands are facing due to white satin moth. Information on other UC Davis tree loss and restoration research in the Sierra Nevada and other forests is cited.