Agriculture

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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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The 10 biggest (non-COVID!) science stories you might have missed in 2020

During any other year, these groundbreaking advances would have been big news. Here’s some of what you may have missed while you were busy washing your hands.

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California farmworkers hit hard by COVID-19, study finds

UC Berkeley researchers are conducting the first long-term study into the risk factors for, and prevalence of, COVID-19 in farmworker communities.

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New engineering research center to focus on agriculture technology

UC Merced joins three other campuses to sustainably meet the challenge of boosting global food production by 70 percent by 2050.

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The next trend in food: Edible insects?

A lot of people think you should be eating more insects.

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UC Riverside discovers first effective treatment for citrus-destroying disease

The disease that has devastated crops in Florida and threatens California may finally be stoppable.

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Is the food supply strong enough to weather COVID-19?

Are empty shelves behind us or are there more shortages to come?

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Agricultural area residents in danger of inhaling toxic aerosols

Overuse of selenium-heavy fertilizers creates airborne, lung-damaging particles.

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UC launches first-ever organic research institute, with a hand from Clif Bar

The California Organic Institute will accelerate the development and adoption of effective farming tools and practices.

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