Agriculture

Chili peppers: born in Mexico

The world's most widely grown spice crop likely was first domesticated in central-east Mexico, according to a new study by UC Davis plant scientists and other researchers.
UC President Napolitano on aerial tour

President Napolitano tours California agriculture

UC President Janet Napolitano witnessed firsthand the effects of the drought and learned about the university’s efforts to help farmers increase water efficiency and improve crop yields.

Field study shows why food quality will suffer with rising CO2

Increased levels of carbon dioxide — a hallmark of climate change — impair plants' growth and yield.
Tim Galarneau

Food system career started with a single bite

Sampling a tasty tomato set Tim Galarneau on the path to blending agriculture and food with sustainability.
child drinking green smoothie

UC creates recipes for healthier diets

UC researchers and educators across the state are encouraging children and their families to eat healthier diets.
dried body of water

About California's drought

UC researchers offer insights on coping with the state's extended dry spell.
Irma Ortiz

One student’s rise to the top

First-generation collegian seizes opportunities to move into graduate research in agriculture.
vineyard

Grape microbes add to wine's distinctive terroir

The microbial communities living on the surface of grapes may shape a wine’s terroir — the unique blend of vineyard soil and climate of every winegrowing region.

California farmers face global pressures

Experts confront paradox of want in the land of plenty.
Farmer on tractor

Student farms are seeding innovation

Long before UC Berkeley author Michael Pollan told us omnivores had a dilemma in books that questioned the industrial food complex, college students were at the forefront of a movement to rethink what we eat.

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, when organic was a foreign word to most Americans, students at UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz were part of a wave of environmental activism that sought alternatives to agricultural methods that distanced people from farms and relied on heavy use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers.

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