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Do Marine Protected Areas Work?

July 18, 2019
Study Identifies How to Verify Whether MPAs are Effective

Marine protected areas, or MPAs, are an increasingly common way of protecting marine ecosystems by prohibiting fishing in specific locations. However, many people remain skeptical that MPAs actually benefit fish populations, and there has not yet been a way to demonstrate whether or not they are effective. Until now.

Gift from alumnus, botany professor John Boynton creates fellowship to honor UC Davis mentor

July 16, 2019

Dr. John E. Boynton, a UC Davis alumnus, retired Duke University professor and renowned expert on photosynthesis, has bequeathed a generous gift from his estate to establish a fellowship in honor of his mentor, tomato geneticist Charles M. Rick, Jr. 

Boynton passed away last summer at the age of 80 in Silver City, New Mexico, where he lived in retirement.

20 Overlooked Benefits of Distributed Solar Energy

July 12, 2019
Study Outlines Advantages of Solar on Rooftops, Other Developed Areas

A study released today provides the most complete list yet of the advantages of solar energy — from carbon sequestration to improvements for pollinator habitat. The paper offers a new framework for analyzing solar projects to better understand the full suite of benefits.

UC Davis Releases Five New Strawberry Varieties

July 08, 2019
Publicly available plants will help farmers manage diseases, production costs  

The Public Strawberry Breeding Program at the University of California, Davis, has released five new varieties that will help farmers manage diseases, control costs and produce plenty of large, robust berries using less water, fertilizer and pesticides. Two of the new varieties could increase yields by almost 30 percent. 

Dave Campbell retires from UCCE after 29 years

July 01, 2019
Has worked as a UCCE community development specialist for 19 years

After providing 29 years of service, UC Cooperative Extension Specialist and Associate Agricultural Experiment Station Dean Dave Campbell retires July 1. Long-time colleague Rose Hayden-Smith asked Dave to reflect on his career and offer advice for those rising in the academic ranks.

Building a Better Fertilizer

June 12, 2019
Rylie Ellison receives Van Alfen/MacDonald Graduate Student Support Fund Award

Rylie Ellison is the 2019 recipient of the Neal Van Alfen and James MacDonald Graduate Student Support Fund Award for her research and leadership on treating animal waste to improve its potential for use as a fertilizer in agriculture.