Sorghum field

Sorghum is focus of $12.3M study of crop drought tolerance

Study will examine the role of epigenetics in allowing plants to survive in drought conditions.

Kern National Wildlife Refuge

UC Merced researchers to tackle water crisis on multiple fronts

In the Central Valley, the Sierra and beyond, multicampus research initiative dives into state's drought issues.

Botanist to study responses of trees, shrubs to extreme drought

UC Riverside professor receives National Science Foundation grant for research into survival mechanisms of plant species in California.

drought help save water

UC Merced humanities center aims to bring depth to water issues

Research center's interdiscipolinary projects will focus on water for the next two years.


California needs to up its forestry game

'Wildfire season' is becoming a year-round phenomenon. But there are steps local and state government can take to curb the burn.

Roland Winston, Director of UC Solar

Sun and salt: how solar tech can help California’s drought

Researchers at UC Merced are turning to an unlikely ally to help solve the problem of water availability for California’s farmlands: the sun.  

Bryan-Morris Ranch manager Jim Morris stands in a flooded alfalfa field along the Scott River in Siskiyou County.

Flooding farms in winter may help replenish groundwater

UC Davis researchers are encouraged by early results from tests to see if deliberately flooding farmland in winter can replenish aquifers without harming crops or affecting drinking water.

California drought has hit the Central Valley hard.

Drought costs California agriculture $1.8B, 10,100 jobs in 2015

The drought is tightening its grip on California agriculture, squeezing about 30 percent more workers and cropland out of production than in 2014, according to the latest drought impact report by UC Davis.

Lower lake levels due to drought

UC campuses part of urban water research network

UC Riverside and UC Berkeley among 14 universities receiving a $12 million National Science Foundation grant to address water challenges around the world.

Drought, climate change fuel high-elevation California fires

Wildfires in California’s fabled Sierra Nevada mountain range are increasingly burning high-elevation forests, which historically have seldom burned,