Plant Sciences

The Genetics of Drought Tolerance in Bioenergy Poplar Trees

August 23, 2019

Bioenergy crops are central to climate mitigation strategies. This includes their use in BECCS (Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage) and biomass supplied for heat, power, liquid fuels and in the future, biorefining to chemicals. It has been predicted that bioenergy will be the fastest developing renewable resource over coming decades, but at the same time, land use for bioenergy production can be controversial if it has negative impacts on land for food, or is detrimental to a wide array of ecosystem services.

UC Davis Partners With DEA-Approved Company to Conduct Cannabis Research

August 13, 2019
Researchers Will Seek to Better Understand the Science of Cannabis

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have partnered with a federally compliant pharmaceutical company to analyze the chemical and biological profiles of cannabis for the benefit of law enforcement, health care providers and scientific professionals.  

Thinning Forests, Prescribed Fire Before Drought Reduced Tree Loss

May 29, 2019
Treatments May Reduce Loss in Future Droughts and Bark Beetle Epidemics

Thinning forests and conducting prescribed burns may help preserve trees in future droughts and bark beetle epidemics expected under climate change, suggests a study from the University of California, Davis.

Lassen Is UC Davis’ Newest Natural Reserve

May 17, 2019
Landscape of Volcanoes, Forests Offers Unique Research and Outreach Opportunities

With a terrain covering volcanoes, steaming fumaroles and forestlands, the Lassen Field Station became the newest addition to the University of California, Davis’ Natural Reserve System today (May 16), following approval by the UC Board of Regents.

Coast Redwood and Giant Sequoia Mega-Genomes Sequenced

April 23, 2019
Sequencing Brings Modern Tools to Redwood Conservation Efforts

Scientists have successfully sequenced the coast redwood and giant sequoia genomes, completing the first major milestone of a five-year project to develop the tools necessary to study these forests’ genomic diversity. The research partners, composed of the University of California, Davis, Johns Hopkins University and the Save the Redwoods League, are making the data publicly available today.   

USAID project helps UC Davis continue long tradition of agricultural development in Egypt

April 11, 2019

UC Davis recently joined a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to bring agricultural expertise and training from four American land-grant universities to agricultural universities in Egypt.

The five-year, $30 million project will establish a Center of Excellence for Agriculture at Cairo University. The goal is to equip faculty and students with the tools to make an impact as research scientists, employees, policymakers and innovators in Egyptian agriculture.

Rice Plants That Reproduce as Clones From Seed

December 12, 2018
Ability to Grow Hybrid Varieties a Potential Breakthrough for Global Agriculture

Plant biologists at the University of California, Davis, have discovered a way to make crop plants replicate through seeds as clones. The discovery, long sought by plant breeders and geneticists, could make it easier to propagate high-yielding, disease-resistant or climate-tolerant crops and make them available to the world’s farmers. 

The researchers published their findings Dec. 12 in the journal Nature

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.