Perfect storm of drought and unrest

A growing body of research suggests that extreme weather — using Syria as an example — increases the chances of violence, from individual attacks to full-scale wars.

Jennifer Burney with solar panels

Change agent

Professor and National Geographic ‘Emerging Explorer’ sets out to address food production’s footprint on global climate change.

No-till cover crop seeding into cotton and tomato residues.

Conservation practices can help sequester carbon in farmland

UC findings point to role that agriculture could play in cap-and-trade programs.

UC Davis researchers have uncovered important genetic clues about the pathogen that causes grape powdery mildew, among the most destructive vineyard pest throughout California and the world.

Fighting powdery mildew on grapes

A discovery by UC Davis researchers is helping combat costly grape powdery mildew damage.

Fluorescent seedlings will help a robotic cultivator target weeds in planted fields like this one in the Salinas Valley.

Faster, more accurate weed control

UC Davis is developing a robotic cultivator to control weeds more effectively, affordably and sustainably.

The newly planted pizza garden at the UC Desert Research and Extension Center in Holtville.

Growing a healthier pizza

Pie-shaped garden helps educate kids about healthy food choices.

Berkeley Lab’s list of Top 50 game-changing technologies for defeating poverty

Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies produces first-of-its-kind blueprint for sustainable global development.

Study tracks the evolution of maize in the Southwest

DNA analysis of corn cobs dating back over 4,000 years helps determine that maize moved into the Southwest via highland and low coastal routes.

Shown here with other dry bean varieties, white dry lima beans are primarily grown in California.

UC helps California lead the way in lima beans

Growers depend on UC research for improved varieties.

Helping rice farmers cope with drought

UC Davis research has aided rice growers such as George Tibbitts, a UC Davis alum.

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