Agriculture

Juvenile form of the Asian citrus psyllid, the insect that transmits a bacteria responsible for Huanglongbing.

Scientists breeding citrus tolerant of deadly disease

In the quest to save citrus, a new project gets to the root of farmers’ problems.

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The 10 best research stories of 2021

The breadth and depth of UC research is without equal. Check out highlights from this year’s work on everything from deep space to agriculture here.

A view of reservoirs in the Sierra Nevada range

California’s water supplies are in trouble as climate change worsens natural dry spells, especially in the Sierra Nevada

The State Water Project cut its initial allocations for water agencies to 0 percent for 2022. An expert explains why.

Field of quinoa growing on Bolivia’s Taraco Peninsula, barn in back

The superfoods that fueled ancient Andeans through 2,500 years of turmoil

Archaeologists reconstruct a pre-Incan diet and find a lesson in human resilience.

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Festival celebrates newest new olive oil

The UC Davis Olive Center and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation bring you Olio Nuovo.

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Scientists can switch on plants’ response to light

By flipping this genetic switch, scientists hope to encourage food growth and increase global food supply.

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.

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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.

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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.

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