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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 ,

Study: Vine screening worth $60M to Napa-Sonoma

Providing disease-free grapevines and rootstock to California’s famed North Coast wine region is more than a good idea — it’s money-wise to the tune of more than $60 million annually, according to a report from UC Davis researchers. To quantify this benefit, the researchers developed an economic framework to conduct a case study of grapevine […]

November 26, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

New College of Ag dean: Plant disease expert to returns to UCD

Helene Dillard, a plant disease expert, associate dean and head of Cooperative Extension at Cornell University, has been named the new dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis. Dillard, a native Californian and UCD alumna, will on Jan. 27 assume leadership of the college, which is ranked among the very […]

November 21, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

UCD aims to breed heat-tolerant chickens

A new program that will identify genes crucial for breeding chickens that can tolerate hot climates and resist infectious diseases — specifically the devastating Newcastle disease — has been launched under the leadership of UC Davis. The global economic impact of virulent Newcastle disease is enormous. The project is particularly important for Africa, where infectious […]

November 07, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Bus trip to connect growers, buyers

Small-scale fruit and vegetable farmers from the Sacramento area and along the Interstate 80 corridor will have the opportunity to connect with buyers in the San Francisco Bay Area during a Tuesday bus tour, coordinated by the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis. “Farmers who are used to selling directly to a processor or to […]

October 27, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Fish gill proteins smooth switch to salt water

New UC Davis research shows how tilapia fish can change the protein makeup of their gills, allowing them to nimbly adjust to adjust to fresh or salty water. This ability makes them both good candidates for aquaculture — and potential invasive pests. Salinization and salinity stress are of particular concern for fish and other organisms, […]

November 01, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

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