scarlet macaws

Changes in farming practices can save evolutionary diversity

A new study by biologists at UC Berkeley and Stanford University highlights the dramatic hit on evolutionary diversity when forests are transformed into agricultural lands.

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Evolutionary biology key to tackling diverse global problems

Drug-resistant diseases, pesticide-resistant bugs and animals threatened by climate change are signs of human-driven evolution getting out of control. A multi-university team calls for solutions.

Irrigation in Stanislaus County

California has given away rights to far more water than it has

Researchers reveal state is overextended and is using complicated and outdated water policies.

Janet Napolitano plants oregano with student Matt Orke

UC launches Global Food Initiative

University aims to help put the world on a path to sustainably and nutritiously feed itself.

Lack of tule fog bodes ill for fruit, nut crops

Winter's shroud is needed to force tree crops into dormancy — it's necessary for budding, setting of fruit.

Drought's steep price for Central Valley agriculture

Industry may lose more than $1 billion; thousands of workers may lose their jobs.

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A thirst for knowledge

Attacking the drought from all perspectives — that’s the power of public.

Chili peppers: born in Mexico

The world's most widely grown spice crop likely was first domesticated in central-east Mexico, according to a new study by UC Davis plant scientists and other researchers.

UC President Napolitano on aerial tour

President Napolitano tours California agriculture

UC President Janet Napolitano witnessed firsthand the effects of the drought and learned about the university’s efforts to help farmers increase water efficiency and improve crop yields.

Field study shows why food quality will suffer with rising CO2

Increased levels of carbon dioxide — a hallmark of climate change — impair plants' growth and yield.

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