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.
“I wanted to open an interesting place where people want to be,” says 2008 UC Irvine graduate Brandon Fender, who co-owns The Good Beer Co. and created Anteater Ale. “Beer, community and a beautiful building – this is the embodiment of my passions.”

A golden example

UC Irvine homecoming festival will feature special Anteater Ale, created by alum, in celebration of the campus’s 50th anniversary.
UC Student Regent Sadia Saiffudin of UC Berkeley, center, flanked by Vanessa Terán, left, of Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project, and Melissa Fontaine, right, of Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, were featured in a panel about food justice.

Food justice at the forefront

UC Santa Barbara hosts inaugural California Higher Education Food Summit on food insecurity.
Food served at Pacific Chef Net 2015

A gathering of top chefs

University chefs cook up a storm at Pacific Chef Net 2015.

California chickens at increased risk for severe 'bird flu' strain

Owners of backyard chickens who observe illness or increased mortality in their birds should call their veterinarian or the California Department of Food Agriculture.
Howard Yana Shapiro, chief agricultural officer at Mars and researcher in plant sciences at UC Davis, will speak at the symposium about the African Orphan Crops Consortium.

Partnerships and innovation in food, ag and health

UC Davis will host a symposium Jan. 14, jointly organized with Mars Inc. and in collaboration with the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, to mark the official launch of the Innovation Institute for Food and Health, part of the World Food Center at UC Davis.

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.
George Farquar demonstrates DNATrax

Technology quickly traces source of tainted food

Contaminated food sickens 1 in 6 Americans every year. DNATrax traces the bad stuff back to its source.