Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Are Harmful to Health and May Be Addictive, Researchers Suggest

November 20, 2018
Deprived of Beverages, Regular Drinkers Reported Headaches, Cravings

Just as we might have guessed, those tasty, sugar-sweetened beverages that increase risk of diabetes and other chronic diseases may actually be addictive. Youth between 13 and 18 years of age who were deprived of sugary drinks for just three days reported headaches, cravings and other withdrawal symptoms, according to a University of California study with researchers from both the Davis and Berkeley campuses.

A friendly microbe could block superbugs

November 19, 2018

Newborn Baby Jane in Sacramento, California, might have access to the best, most modern medical care, but she’s likely missing something else: Friendly gut microbes. Uniquely adapted to human breast milk, these microbes provide optimal nutrition, keep out hostile infections, and may even stop the spread of disease.  

Back-to-the-Future Plants Give Climate Change Insights

November 15, 2018
Outdoor Labs Give Realistic Sense of Plant Response to Future Climate Change

If you were to take a seed and zap it into the future to see how it will respond to climate change, how realistic might that prediction be? After all, seeds that actually grow in the future will have gone through generations of genetic changes and adaptations that these “time traveling” seeds don’t experience.

Muir Institute Recognizes Faculty and Staff Solving Real-world Environmental Problems

October 29, 2018

The John Muir Institute of the Environment at University of California, Davis, announced the selection of the 2018 Muir Institute Fellows during its annual open house on October 22 at The Barn. Now in its second year, the program recognizes exemplary UC Davis faculty and staff whose career and research epitomizes the mission of the Muir Institute: Discover. Research. Solve.

Accolades: October 2018

October 26, 2018
Waterfowl Professor John Eadie receives a Lifetime Achievement Award for donor stewardship

Professor John Eadie, who holds the Dennis J. Raveling Endowed Chair in Waterfowl Biology, understands the importance of stewardship and donor engagement. For more than 20 years, he has kept in touch with donors through phone calls, meetings, events, and extensive impact reports. UC Davis recently acknowledged his accomplishments with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Improving chickens to quell hunger worldwide

October 25, 2018
USAID awards Genomics to Improve Poultry Innovation Lab second phase of funding 

Throughout Africa, chickens are vital to family nourishment, income and food security. But African poultry production is threatened by an extremely virulent Newcastle disease virus that can decimate entire flocks within days. 

A Message From the Dean - October 2018

October 24, 2018
Our research sheds light on nature’s migrations

One of nature’s most fascinating spectacles is currently underway in California: the annual migration of millions of ducks, geese, swans, cranes and other migratory waterfowl through the Pacific Flyway. The destination for a great many of these birds is the Central Valley of California. Here they seek out food and shelter for the winter before they head back north to Canada and Alaska to breed, nest and repeat the cycle. 

UC Davis breaks ground on new dairy goat parlor and creamery

October 19, 2018

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences broke ground October 15 on a new dairy goat parlor and creamery just south of campus near the existing Dairy Goat Teaching and Research Facility off Old Davis Road.

The 2,420 square-foot Noel-Nordfelt Animal Science Goat Dairy and Creamery will provide a California Department of Food and Agriculture inspected and approved facility for students, staff, faculty and industry stakeholders to process fluid milk and make cheese with state-of-the-art equipment. The project should take about eight months to complete.

Report: Changing manure management would significantly reduce dairy methane emissions

October 18, 2018

New research published in the Journal of Dairy Science finds that changing the way manure is stored and handled is key to meeting California’s 40 percent dairy manure methane reduction goal and combating climate change. 

With financial support from Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and cooperation from the Dairy Cares coalition, leading scientists worked together to produce the most thorough, detailed measurements of “whole-dairy” methane emissions in California to date.

Cover Crop Your Garden

October 17, 2018

While clearing out your garden this fall, there’s no need for it to remain a blank, empty space until spring. If you have a year-round growing season, you can grow winter veggies and flowers, of course. But you can also add cover crops to your garden that improve the soil while you basically sit back and “watch the grass grow” –or the peas, clover and barley.