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Pat Bailey

Grapevine damage might be from newly ID’d enzyme

UC Davis plant scientists have identified an enzyme that appears to play a key role in the insect-transmitted bacterial infection of grapevines with Pierce’s disease, which annually costs California’s grape and wine industries more than $100 million. The researchers hope that the discovery, which runs counter to existing theories, will lead to new diagnostics and […]

January 13, 2016 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Help provide holiday baskets for pets of the homeless

For the 20th year, members of the public are invited to help provide a bit of holiday warmth and cheer for the dogs and cats of area homeless people. As they have for two decades, staff volunteers at UC Davis’ Veterinary Hospital are gathering monetary donations to help fill 130 holiday-wrapped boxes with pet toys, […]

November 29, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD scientists: Judge GMO food animals by product, not process

In a world with a burgeoning demand for meat, milk and eggs, regulatory policies around the use of biotechnologies in agriculture need to be based on the safety and attributes of those foods rather than on the methods used to produce them, said a UC Davis animal scientist. In a review paper titled “Animal Agriculture […]

December 10, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD, Pakistan launch $17M food, ag partnership

The launch of a $17 million collaborative project linking UC Davis and Pakistan’s leading agricultural university was celebrated today at UCD, which will receive $10 million of the funds. The new U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Agriculture and Food Security, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, will make it possible for faculty […]

October 29, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged

UCD receives $4.5M grant to help build a better salad

Improving lettuce crops is the aim of a new, $4.5 million grant, awarded to UC Davis researchers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The five-year, renewable grant is part of USDA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative funding program, made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. This award is particularly timely, […]

October 20, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Drought, climate change fuel high-elevation California fires

Wildfires in California’s fabled Sierra Nevada mountain range are increasingly burning high-elevation forests, which historically have seldom burned, reports a team of researchers led by the John Muir Institute of the Environment at UC Davis. The phenomenon — likely driven by climate change, forest-management practices and other factors — may influence the rate at which […]

July 28, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Rice discovery unlocks clues to protection

When disease-resistant rice is invaded by disease-causing bacteria, a small protein produced by the bacteria betrays the invader. Upon recognizing that protein, the rice plants sense that a microbial attack is underway and are able to mount an immune response to fend off bacterial infection, reports a research team led by UC Davis. Identification of […]

July 30, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Lyme disease subverts immune system, prevents future protection

The bacteria that cause Lyme disease are able to trick an animal’s immune system into not launching a full-blown immune response or developing lasting immunity to the disease, report researchers at UC Davis. The discovery may explain why some human patients remain vulnerable to repeat infections by the same strain of bacteria, especially in regions […]

July 07, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Surfing vet surgeon finds high-tech cures for animals

UC Davis veterinary surgeon Boaz Arzi is reserved, focused and meticulous — just the person you want on the other end of a scalpel. But in both his professional and recreational worlds, he lives life a bit on the edge. In the operating room and laboratory, Arzi is applying groundbreaking biomedical technology to regrow jawbones […]

June 16, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Researchers: Sustainability progress should precede seafood market access

Demand for seafood from wild fisheries and aquaculture around the world has nearly doubled over the past four decades. In the past several years, major retailers in developed countries have committed to source their seafood from only sustainably certified fisheries and aquaculture, even though it is not clear where that supply will come from. A […]

May 07, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD study: Sugary drinks boost risk factors for heart disease

Beverages sweetened with low, medium and high amounts of high-fructose corn syrup significantly increase risk factors for cardiovascular disease, even when consumed for just two weeks by young, healthy men and women, reports a team of researchers at UC Davis. The study is the first to demonstrate a direct, dose-dependent relationship between the amount of […]

April 23, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Babies get ‘nutritional gems’ from breast milk

Human babies appear to need more of a nutritional boost from breast-milk proteins than do infants of one of their closest primate relatives, suggests a study comparing human milk with the milk of rhesus macaque monkeys. The research team, led by UC Davis, came to this conclusion after developing a new technique for comparing the […]

March 19, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Newborn foals may offer clues to autism

Veterinary researchers at UC Davis are teaming up with their colleagues in human medicine to investigate a troubling disorder in newborn horses and are exploring possible connections to childhood autism. The common link, the researchers suggest, may be abnormal levels of naturally occurring neurosteroids. The horse disorder, known as neonatal maladjustment syndrome, has puzzled horse […]

February 05, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Ancient maize followed two paths into the Southwest

After it was first domesticated from the wild teosinte grass in southern Mexico, maize — or corn — took both a high road and a coastal low road as it moved into what is now the U.S. Southwest, reports an international research team that includes a UC Davis plant scientist and maize expert. The study, […]

January 11, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,
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