parched wheat

Crop cure

Scientists in new center to use medical research techniques to help food crops withstand drought and climate change.

handling lettuce

Sustaining our salad

Multidisciplinary researchers win specialty-crops grant for project to improve lettuce crops.

Britta Hansen, left, and Elise Brockett plant okra and other vegetables at the UC Davis Horticulture Innovation Lab Demonstration Center, in advance of its Oct. 16 grand opening.

From 'Healthy Soils' talk to a garden's grand opening

UC Davis hosts a variety of events in October to celebrate World Food Day and National Food Day.


Holy guacamole! 3-D printing could help save avocado, other trees

Technology has greatly accelerated research on an ambrosia beetle that is damaging trees in Southern California.

Former UC Davis postdoc Kim Mosse digs through soil for sampling at a vineyard. A UC Davis study says winery wastewater is a viable option to irrigate vineyards.

Winery wastewater a viable water source for vineyards

UC Davis research provides first data to support California wine industry’s reuse of treated winery wastewater, and it describes recommended conditions for the practice, with key focus on salinity issues.

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.

Honeybee hovers near a tower of jewels flower in a California garden

Are Argentine ants a threat to honeybees?

California sits atop a super-colony of meddlesome Argentine ants, and new research suggests they may be doing more harm than previously suspected.

Tracy Kahn, UC Riverside

Citrus Variety Collection to be maintained in perpetuity

$1 million endowment from Givaudan will allow for the creation of endowed chair position to support and maintain collection.

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.

UC Santa Cruz alumnus Mark Lipson, who chaired the Organic Working Group at the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2010 to 2014, with some of the dry-framed tomatoes grown at Molino Creek Farm.

Farm to label: How alumnus helped bring organic labeling policy to the nation

Mark Lipson's career has taken him from Santa Cruz to Washington, D.C., and back again, now as a research associate with UC Santa Cruz's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.