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How do you grow an entrepreneur?

UC startup Back to the Roots offers a master class.

Komal Ahmad, founder of Copia, a food recovery business, is among the young social entrepreneurs seeking to reduce hunger and food waste.

Young tech entrepreneurs take bite out of hunger

Millennials tap into their generation's intersecting interests in food, technology, social activism.

Methyl bromide has been used by growers since the 1970s to control soil pathogens, weeds and nematodes. Pictured are pathogen-infected plants in a buffer zone where fumigants can't be applied.

Pesticide predicament for California's strawberry growers

UC Santa Cruz professor examines industry's challenges as heavily used methyl bromide is phased out.

An Asian citrus psyllid nymph.

Summit to focus on devastating citrus disease

UC Riverside will host summit Oct. 4 and 5 to discuss research on citrus greening disease.

Ecologist Chelsea Rochman found plastic and fibrous debris in 25 percent of the fish sold in Indonesian and California markets.

How plastic ends up in our seafood and what you can do about it

The surprising ways that you may be contributing to plastic pollution.

The images third from the bottom and at the bottom show fruit, vegetables and flowers treated with pathogen gene-targeting RNA molecules. The other images represent various control methods.

Putting mold on hold

Researchers develop strategy that could lead to eco-friendly fungicide to fight pathogens that cause billions in crop losses.

Maize growing at a highland field site in Toluca, Mexico. UC Davis researchers are studying how maize adapted to different environments. The new knowledge could aid in breeding crops resistant to climate change.

Maize genetics may show how crops adapt to climate change

In addition to maize, the world needs many other crops able to adapt to new environments.

Fish farm

Can farmed fish feed the world sustainably?

Aquaculture has gotten a bad rap with American consumers, but it may help save the planet.

UC Davis Student Farm Director Mark Van Horn and some of his students last year, from left, Alexis Fujii, Mary Laurie and Abraham Cazares.

Student farming takes root

UC Davis Student Farm Director Mark Van Horn offers insights.

A group of UC Davis students is breeding a “jalapeño popper,” a cross between a bell pepper and a jalapeño pepper. Two members of the team, Randi Jimenez and Wengyuan Xiao, examine their crop at the Student Farm.

Students breeding a better organic popper pepper

UC Davis student-run project has become a model for other programs.

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