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UCD nutrition plan a success with overweight kids

The percentage of overweight or obese children in test schools dropped from 56 percent to 38 percent over the course of a single school year, thanks to a new nutrition program developed and tested in the classroom by UC Davis nutrition researchers. The new program fits into the new Common Core educational standards. “The education […]

May 06, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD-led team conquers pine genome

The massive genome sequence of the loblolly pine — the most commercially important tree species in the United States and the source of most American paper products — has been completed by a nationwide research team, led by a UC Davis scientist. The draft genome — approximately seven times bigger than the human genome — […]

March 26, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Plants, bacteria wage immunity war

Long before nations devised complex military strategies, plants had their own built-in systems for thwarting potential attacks by disease-causing microbes. Two new players in this mutual seek-and-destroy struggle between the plant and microbial worlds have been identified by an international team of researchers, including a UC Davis plant scientist. The journal Science published the finds […]

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

UCD keeps top worldwide ranking in ag teaching, research

For the second consecutive year, UC Davis ranks No. 1 in the world for teaching and research in the area of agriculture and forestry, according to rankings released Wednesday by QS World University Rankings. The organization — which provides annual rankings in 29 other subject areas — also ranked UCD among the top 15 in […]

February 27, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD to lead $4 M chickpea research project

A new research effort, designed to improve the productivity of chickpea varieties by harnessing the genetic diversity of wild species, was launched this week in Ethiopia through the federal Feed the Future Initiative and under the leadership of UC Davis. Feed the Future is the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative. The new, […]

March 02, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Horse hormone find may aid human pregnancies

Identification of a new pregnancy-supporting hormone in horses has resolved a reproductive mystery that has puzzled scientists for decades, and it may have important implications for sustaining human pregnancies, reports a team of researchers led by a UC Davis veterinary scientist. Characterization of the hormone, dihydroprogesterone, or DHP, may lead the way to better hormone […]

February 27, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Monkeys could teach bankers a thing or two, researchers say

All jokes about monkey business aside, primate social networks provide valuable lessons that could help predict and prevent catastrophes like the global financial crisis of 2008, report UC Davis researchers. The behaviors of captive rhesus macaque monkeys and the banking industry both comprise complex networks. In this study, the researchers propose that crises are sometimes […]

February 12, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Genome sequencing reveals what puts heat in hot peppers

The genome of the hot pepper, the world’s most widely grown spice crop, has been sequenced by a large international team of researchers, including UC Davis scientists. The new reference genome sheds light on the biology of the pepper’s hallmark pungency, or spiciness, as well as its fruit-ripening and disease-resistance mechanisms. It also reveals new […]

January 19, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

River water diversions threaten sturgeon, study shows

UC Davis researchers have used laboratory studies to estimate the risk to young green sturgeon, which may be killed by unscreened pipes that divert water from the Sacramento River into adjacent farm fields. The study confirms that this ancient protected fish species may be jeopardized by the current system of water diversion pipes. The findings […]

January 19, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Plant geneticist Dubcovsky tapped for Wolf Prize, ag’s Nobel

Jorge Dubcovsky, an acclaimed UC Davis plant geneticist and international leader in wheat genomics, was named a recipient of the 2014 Wolf Prize in Agriculture on Thursday. The $100,000 Wolf Prizes are awarded annually by the Wolf Foundation to outstanding scientists and artists in the fields of agriculture, chemistry, physics, mathematics, medicine and the arts. […]

January 17, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Donations sought for pets of homeless

If pets of the needy and homeless in our region could write to Santa, their wish list might include a new sweater or coat to ward off winter’s chill. Community members have an opportunity to help Santa deliver on those wishes through the Mercer Clinic holiday pet basket drive, annually coordinated by a team of […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Researchers take aim at fruit pest

The spotted wing drosophila, a major pest that targets berries and cherries and other fruits in the United States, Canada and Europe, is itself being targeted, thanks to groundbreaking genome sequencing at UC Davis and a public-access Web portal hosted at Oregon State University. The work is expected to accelerate basic and applied research, leading […]

December 17, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Sequencing opens window on wine’s microbial terroir

It’s widely accepted that terroir — the unique blend of a vineyard’s soils, water and climate — sculpts the flavor and quality of wine. Now, a new study led by UC Davis researchers offers evidence that grapes and the wines they produce are also the product of an unseen but fairly predictable microbial terroir, itself […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Malaria mosquitoes crossbreed, study finds

A new study by researchers at UC Davis and in Mali finds that many of the assumptions underlying current thinking about the genetics of two key subgroups of malaria mosquitoes are false. For the past decade, scientists around the world have intensely studied the two forms of the African malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae. It was […]

November 29, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

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