Agriculture

Joshua Viers outside

UC Merced leads innovative effort to secure water for agriculture and ecosystems

The largest research grant in the 16-year history of the campus aims to improve agricultural and environmental water resilience.

Lagoon lake with road in spring

Doctoral candidate’s award-winning research explores life for Latina girls growing up in rural California

Roxanna Villalobos shines a light on rural America’s diversity, including in the Central Valley where she was raised.

An open oyster

Saving native oysters

Conservation aquaculture could bring more native oysters to plates and estuaries along the west coast.

Red tomato hanging from a plant

Genes that keep plants green: A discovery that can help us grow crops in a drought

Scientists have discovered genetic data that will help food crops like tomatoes and rice survive longer, more intense periods of drought on our warming planet.

Farmworkers standing outside in a line next to a field

Analysis shows the toll of the pandemic on high-risk workers

Warehouse, agriculture and food-chain workers were among those most devastated by the pandemic.

Grapes in a vineyard

Could wildfires ruin our wine?

Researchers are racing to find ways to help California's iconic wine industry adapt to a changing climate, including drought and wildfire.

California canal

Could California put solar panels on top of canals?

Scientists at UC Merced and UC Santa Cruz are exploring a potential project to combine renewable energy with water conservation.

César Chávez

Historical photographs of César Chávez available through UC Merced library

The UC Merced Library holds intimate portraits of labor leader, community organizer, businessman and Latino American civil rights activist César Chávez.

Red and white wine in glasses next to grapes

Evidence mounts that eco-friendly wine tastes better

Certified organic French wines rated higher by experts, UCLA-led study finds.

Healthy avocados on a tree

$6.3M will help UC Riverside save America’s avocado orchards

Scientists to take on the imposing threats of incurable fungus, root rot and salinity.

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