Science & Technology

New Technology Speeds Up Crop Improvement

October 13, 2020

Gene editing can improve crop performance, but there’s a catch: It can be hard to grow plants from cells after you’ve tweaked their genomes.

Archaeologists Use Tooth Enamel Protein to Show Sex of Human Remains

July 17, 2020
New Method Used in Bay Area Excavation

A new method for estimating the biological sex of human remains based on reading protein sequences rather than DNA has been used to study an archaeological site in Northern California. The protein-based technique gave superior results to DNA analysis in studying 55 sets of human remains between 300 and 2,300 years old. The work is published July 17 in Scientific Reports.

Even better for baby

June 13, 2018
Bifidobacteria supplement colonizes gut of breastfed infants

Supplementing breastfed infants with activated Bifidobacterium infantis (B. infantis) bacteria had a positive impact on babies’ gut microbes for up to a year, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of California, Davis, and Evolve BioSystems Inc.

Isolating stem cells in cows

February 09, 2018

New findings could advance cattle production, help study human disease

For more than 35 years, scientists have tried to isolate embryonic stem cells in cows without much success. Under the right conditions, embryonic stem cells can grow indefinitely and make any other cell type or tissue, which has huge implications for creating genetically superior cows.

Child development experts discover potential upside to prenatal stress

February 07, 2018

New research with prairie voles suggests stress promotes developmental plasticity

Prenatal stress might not be so bad for babies after all, depending on how they are raised.  

New research with prairie voles by child development experts at the University of California, Davis, suggests that prenatal stress promotes developmental plasticity in babies, making them especially likely to benefit from good parenting as well as suffer from negligent care.

Condors land at UC Davis

February 07, 2018

Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology acquires six California condor specimens

Not many undergraduates get to handle a prehistoric bird, but UC Davis student Lynette Williams is up to her elbows in a California condor.

Banking on Conservation

February 02, 2018

Retired banker and walnut farmer Allen Hackett establishes endowed scholarship

After spending 35 years in the agricultural lending business and another 25 years as a walnut farmer, Allen Hackett (M.S. ’66 agricultural economics) knows a thing or two about investing in the land.

Take a "sip" down memory lane

December 21, 2017
UC Davis creates wine price database with crowdsourcing, famed catalogs

 

Feeling nostalgic as you get ready to toast the new year?

Recommendations for “best buys” in Champagnes and party menus from some 50 years ago are among the treats in a new crowdsourcing database of historic wine prices from the University of California, Davis.

Mapping wildlife corridors in Tanzania

November 14, 2017
Locals and technology uncover the links between parks and game reserves   Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have identified 52 potential wildlife corridors linking protected areas across Tanzania.

Gene Discovery May Halt Worldwide Wheat Epidemic

November 05, 2017
Gene Can Help Fend off Devastating Strain of Stem Rust  

UC Davis wheat geneticist Jorge Dubcovsky and his team have identified a gene that enables resistance to a new devastating strain of stem rust, a fungal disease that is hampering wheat production throughout Africa and Asia and threatening food security worldwide.