The nonprofit organization Pacific Horticulture has released a new video describing research to develop irrigation recommendations for landscape plants, the science behind the process, and early ideas for mindful gardeners and landscapers. It features UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences horticulturalist Lorence Oki, the lead investigator on the project.
New varieties of rice that offer more effective weed control with less herbicide were showcased by UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences researchers at the recent Rice Field Day north of Yuba City in California's Central Valley. Amid the West’s ongoing drought, green rice with heads full of grain stood tall and lush in some test plots, while dry, brown stubble poked up in others. Department researchers discussed the impact of letting ricelands go fallow, including potential for pest control and ways to conserve soil moisture.
Associate Professor Tom Buckley and Omeed Momeni, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Davis, have received a Seeding Solutions grant for $650,000 rom the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research, or FFAR, to develop a low-cost, compact and non-invasive sensor that w