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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 ,

Scientists predict brave new world for food, health

The year 2020 is a mere five years away but will be a turning point defining a new era of nutrition for both consumers and scientists, say nutritionists who met this year at UC Davis. The heart of nutrition will still be about healthful, vitamin-rich foods in moderate proportions, but the nutrition will go far beyond […]

December 23, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD’s plant breeding academy to help with food security

The African Plant Breeding Academy, run by UC Davis in collaboration with Mars Inc. and their global partners, graduated its first class of plant breeders in Nairobi, Kenya, last week. The academy, a program of the African Orphan Crops Consortium, is based at the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi. It is designed to increase food […]

December 18, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Million Cat Challenge aims to rescue shelter felines

One million homeless and abandoned cats may get a new lease on life over the next five years thanks to the efforts of the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at UC Davis; the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida; and hundreds of animal shelters throughout North America. Together, they have launched the Million […]

December 17, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

$6.9M funds studies of health-boosting compounds in cow’s milk

After spending more than a decade decoding breast milk’s important health-promoting constituents, a team of researchers in the Foods for Health Institute at UC Davis is now doing the same for cow’s milk, with potential benefits both for human health and the U.S. dairy industry. Focusing on a group of naturally occurring milk compounds called […]

December 10, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Staying clean could harm your health

Long-term exposure to triclosan — an antimicrobial agent commonly found in a broad array of soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and other consumer products — may have potentially serious health consequences, reports a research team including a UC Davis scientist. Data from a new study shows that triclosan causes liver fibrosis and cancer in laboratory mice through […]

November 20, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,
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