“This is where they establish relationships with forests and people, and develop professional field skills,” said Rick Standiford, a UC Cooperative Extension forest management specialist who taught 37 years at Berkeley.
A UC Riverside project is developing an early-warning system to better prevent and control avian influenza, a highly infectious pathogen and a critical problem confronting the U.S. poultry industry.
Channel 30 Action News
The UC Lindcove Research and Extension Center in Tulare County has 15 different types of avocado trees growing on a test plot. Mary Lu Arpaia, UC Cooperative Extension subtropical specialist, hopes to develop a variety which can adapt to the San Joaquin Valley’s cold winter and hot summer temperatures.
Over the past two years, aggressive coyotes have attacked pets or bitten people in a number of Southern California cities. There has been very little research on coyote-human conflicts in urban areas. “The data is an absolute mess,” said Niamh Quinn, a coyote researcher with UC Cooperative Extension in Irvine, who recently authored a study on coyote conflict trends in Southern California.
Orange County Register
Southern California has a new seed library, the San Bernardino County Regional Seed Library at the Chino Basin Water Conservation District in Montclair. “We’re interested in germination quality, yield and any other information that helps with categorizing the seeds,” said Dona Jenkins, coordinator of the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of San Bernardino County. “Any and all seeds are welcome, but we are focusing on edible ones and those from pollinator plants."
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Kate Scow, a UC ANR researcher at UC Davis, has been digging into the science of how healthy soils can not only create productive farmlands, but also store carbon in the ground, where it belongs, rather than in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. A greater awareness of soil’s ability to sequester carbon and act as a defense against climate change is earning new attention and admiration for a resource most of us treat like dirt.
Record winter rainfall during the 2016-17 winter has enabled farms to emerge from survival mode in the short term, but
In university laboratories and farm fields around the state, growers and researchers are working feverishly to find ways for the state’s orchards, vineyards and row crops to get by with as little water as possible — before the next big drought. The article highlighted work by UCCE specialists Jeff Mitchell, Bob Hutmacher, Jeff Dahlberg, Khaled Bali and advisor Kevin Day.