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.

African Plant Breeding Academy launch

New plant breeding academy graduates to improve Africa’s ‘orphan’ crops

UC Davis-run academy is designed to increase food security and help eliminate malnutrition and stunting among Africa’s youth.

Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture?

An analysis of 115 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that the crop yields of organic agriculture are higher than previously thought.

Winning entries, Food College contest

Playing with food pays off for UC Produce Collage Contest winners

Fine art and late night comedy inspired the creators of the winning entries.

One to grow on

UC system aims to cultivate relationships with small farms throughout California.

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