Human & Animal Health

Deforestation and Climate Change Threaten the Most Beloved Wild Birds

October 07, 2020
Conserving Rainforests Safeguards Cultural Connections Between People and Birds

Deforestation and a drying climate threaten the bird species that people value most, according to a recent study led by researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the University of British Columbia.

Pesticides and Food Scarcity Dramatically Reduce Wild Bee Population

October 06, 2020
Study Finds 57% Drop in Reproduction When Exposed to Both Threats

The loss of flowering plants and the widespread use of pesticides could be a double punch to wild bee populations. In a new study, researchers at the University of California, Davis, found that the combined threats reduced blue orchard bee reproduction by 57 percent and resulted in fewer female offspring. The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

COVID-19 Taking a Toll on Everyday Lives, UC Davis Research Suggests

August 24, 2020
More Stress Expected as Lockdowns Continue, People Get Sick, Unemployment Persists

Rare research on the effects of a pandemic undertaken during an ongoing disaster shows that COVID-19 has severely affected people’s daily emotional lives and mental health, increasing their stresses the longer lockdowns, fear of getting sick and financial strains continue.

Social Distancing Varies by Income in U.S.

July 29, 2020
Poorer Communities Face Double Burden During Pandemic as They Stay Home Less

Wealthier communities went from being the most mobile before the COVID-19 pandemic to the least mobile, while poorer areas have gone from the least mobile to the most mobile, according to a study by the University of California, Davis.

Meet Cosmo, a Bull Calf Designed to Produce 75% Male Offspring

July 23, 2020
Scientists Use CRISPR Technology to Insert Sex-Determining Gene

Scientists at the University of California, Davis, have successfully produced a bull calf, named Cosmo, who was genome-edited as an embryo so that he’ll produce more male offspring. The research was presented in a poster today (July 23) at the American Society of Animal Science meeting.

A New Day is Dawning for Genetic Improvement in Livestock

June 26, 2020

The future of livestock breeding is taking shape at UC Davis. In the laboratory of animal scientist Pablo Ross, groundbreaking discoveries are being made that will pave the way for raising healthier, more productive and better-adapted cattle, sheep and other species.

In 2018, the Ross lab reported the first successful effort to grow embryonic stem cells from cattle in a petri dish. This milestone is a crucial step in the development of faster and more focused breeding programs.

Helping Families Improve Nutrition with Eggs, Meat, Poultry and More

June 26, 2020

Nearly 150 million children in the world suffer from stunted growth, a condition linked to chronic malnutrition that keeps people from reaching their full physical, mental and social potential.

Evidence shows that animal-sourced foods like meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy can help.

Nomads and Commuters

June 26, 2020
Understanding cattle personality may help keep rangeland productive, sustainable

Do you ever wonder why sometimes one, lone cow stands munching grass on a hillside while her fellow cattle graze in groups below?

Animal behavior experts at UC Davis do, and their curiosity may shed light on one of the most critical economic and ecological questions in rangeland management. How can we encourage more cattle to roam?

UCOP Seed Grants Fund COVID-19 Research Projects

June 17, 2020

Faculty from the UC Davis School of Medicine and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have received seed funding from the UC Office of the President to launch research projects aimed at mitigating the impact of COVID-19.

A Message From the Dean - May 2020

May 28, 2020
Engaging thoughtfully with resolve to move us forward

There are numerous reasons the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is a world leader in so many areas—bright students, hard-working staff and, of course, the willingness of our faculty to innovate and seek opportunities to keep California moving ahead whatever the circumstances.