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Green news from the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
by Charles A Raguse
on March 5, 2016 at 9:52 AM
Integration of research around a central theme is key to productive results. It is essential to successfully combat the spread of a pernicious weed like Johnsongrass. Already organized by a team of scientists from five states, and lead by the director of the Plant Genome Laboratory, integration should continue in California, across the Research & Extension Center (REC) system.  
Concurrently, this would also have the benefit of contributing to the growing need to review how research goals and objectives are allocated at each REC. Individual researchers should not be able to command an inordinate amount of a Center's resources with a project lacking fitness and merit. System-wide oversight has lapsed over the past decades, and urgently needs to be restored. The USDA grant of $5 million seems "enough to go around" to include this.  
Let's not ignore the opportunity to restore the potential to achieve state- and nation-wide recognition of our REC system. Our new ANR Vice President Glenda Humiston seems anxious to do exactly that. She deserves state-wide support.
by Fred Tegge
on March 5, 2016 at 1:54 PM
I am very interested in the problems with Johnsongrass.
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