Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility

Compost Key to Sequestering Carbon in the Soil

Study Dug Deep to Uncover Which Agricultural Systems Store the Most Carbon

By moving beyond the surface level and literally digging deep, scientists at the University of California, Davis, found that compost is a key to storing carbon in semi-arid cropland soils, a strategy for offsetting CO2 emissions.

Strawberries, soil and water management

UC Davis field days give industry a taste of new berries and a feel for healthy soil

The latest developments in strawberry breeding and healthy soil took center stage at two recent UC Davis Field Days, one hosted in Prunedale (near Salinas) and one held at UC Davis Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility.

In Prunedale, strawberry farmers, shippers, breeders, propagators, crop advisors and resource conservation groups gathered to get a taste of what’s developing in the UC Davis Public Strawberry Breeding Program. Many said they liked what they tasted and saw.

Russell Ranch Facility

The Russell Ranch Facility is a unique 300-acre facility near the UC Davis campus dedicated to supporting UC Davis’ research, extension, and teaching missions. 

Russell Ranch is immediately adjacent to the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve. The Reserve is a riparian and grassland ecosystem, managed for teaching, research, and wildlife and habitat protection. Mitigation areas near Russell Ranch are set aside for valley elderberry longhorn beetle (VELB) and Swainson's Hawk.


A living tribute to Dave

Aggie grad finds heartfelt way to remember friend and fellow student athlete


DeWayne Quinn and David Camboia (’92) met playing defense for the Aggie football team more than 25 years ago.

“We became even better friends after college,” Quinn said. “We both liked to snowboard and began traveling to different places together. We would go everywhere. We spent a lot of time riding in Canada and at Lake Tahoe, where we both had season passes.”

Secret life of soil

Soil microbes may help fight climate change.

Kate Scow, a professor of soil science and soil microbial ecology at UC Davis, keeps plastic bags filled with soil on her desk.

UC Davis to Be Living Lab for Young African Leaders Tackling Energy Issues

The goal is to end 'bitter scenario of energy poverty'

West Village is the largest planned zero-net energy project in the United States. (Jeff Peters photo)

Their work in Africa ranges from placing solar lanterns in humble huts to advising the leadership of South Africa’s national power utility.