Food & Agriculture

Do chickens boost soil health, increase profits on organic vegetable farms?

April 20, 2021

by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

Research project will quantify the potential for chickens on organic vegetable farms

Historically, chickens were not a rare sight on farms, where they contributed to soil fertility as they freely pecked and scratched around vegetable gardens and crop land. Now, UC Cooperative Extension specialists have launched a research project to quantify the potential for chickens to be part of safe and sustainable commercial organic vegetable production.

Exploring smoke taint on the fly

April 12, 2021
Wildfires spark UC Davis research, wine industry collaboration 

The California wildfires of 2020 were especially hard on the state’s wine industry, damaging billions of dollars in property and grapes. Growers and vintners say it would have been much worse if not for timely science from the University of California, Davis. As destructive as they were, the 2020 wildfires have sparked renewed investment in the research and collaboration that keeps California’s wine industry resilient in a changing world.

UC Davis vertical farming facility takes hydroponics to a new level

March 23, 2021

The newest greenhouse on campus doesn’t look like a greenhouse at all. It’s a 40-foot-long shipping container filled with cutting-edge, high-tech equipment that will help UC Davis usher in a new frontier in hydroponic agriculture.

UC Davis researchers uncover importance of susceptibility factors in the fungal infections of ripe tomatoes

March 05, 2021

Each year, roughly 25 percent of the fruits and veggies produced across the globe are lost due to fungal diseases. In fleshy fruits, like tomatoes, this issue is more pronounced, especially as they ripen. Researchers from the Blanco Lab at the University of California, Davis, in collaboration with researchers from University of Nottingham, have demonstrated how susceptibility factors that accumulate during the ripening process promote infection by fungal pathogens.

Gotham Greens Accelerates Growth with West Coast Expansion

March 03, 2021
Partnership with University of California will advance research and innovation in indoor agriculture industry

Gotham Greens, a pioneer in indoor agriculture operating high-tech greenhouses across the United States, today announced its latest state-of-the-art greenhouse in California near the University of California-Davis (UC Davis), one of the world’s leading agriculture research and teaching centers.

UC Davis Releases Two New Strawberry Varieties

February 11, 2021
The Latest Offerings Are Large, Sweet and Will Ripen in Winter

Red, ripe strawberries are the hallmark of spring in California. Two new varieties from the Public Strawberry Breeding Program at the University of California, Davis, will provide consumers with big, flavorful strawberries throughout fall and winter, too.

“These cultivars were developed to provide high-quality fruit from late summer through the holidays,” said Professor Steve Knapp, director of the UC Davis Strawberry Breeding Program.

UC Davis Releases New Walnut Variety

January 21, 2021
The ‘UC Wolfskill’ Walnut Will Allow Earlier Harvest

University of California, Davis, researchers have bred a new walnut variety designed to provide growers a way to harvest earlier and boost the harvest efficiency of California’s $1.6 billion walnut industry.