Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of California
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Drought

Genomic gymnastics help sorghum plant survive drought.

EPICON sorghum field. Understanding how sorghum survives harsh conditions could help researchers identify cereal crop cultivars that are more resilient to climate change. (Photo: Peggy Lemaux)

Scorching temperatures and parched earth are no match for the sorghum plant — this cereal crop, native to Africa, will remain green and productive, even under conditions that would render other plants brown, brittle and barren. A new study...

Posted on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 2:02 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture,Environment,Food

Genomic gymnastics help sorghum plant survive drought

Frozen samples were processed and sequenced by researchers at the Energy Department’s Joint Genome Institute (JGI). (Photo: Peggy Lemaux)

Scorching temperatures and parched earth are no match for the sorghum plant — this cereal crop, native to Africa, will remain green and productive, even under conditions that would render other plants brown, brittle and barren. A new study...

Posted on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 1:30 PM
  • Author: Kara Menke, kjmanke@berkeley.edu
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture

Multiyear Drought Caused Massive Forest Die-off in Sierra Nevada

Reposted from UC Merced News The scope of the tree deaths is evident when viewed as part of the larger forest. The most extreme drought event in hundreds of years caused a catastrophic die-off of the Sierra Nevada's...

Posted on Friday, July 5, 2019 at 11:10 AM
  • Author: Lorena Anderson

Thinning Forests, Prescribed Fire Before Drought Reduced Tree Loss

Treatments May Reduce Loss in Future Droughts and Bark Beetle Epidemics Reposted from UC Davis News Dead and dying trees dot the landscape in the Sierra Nevada during the region's recent drought. (USDA...

Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 12:19 PM
  • Author: Kat Kerlin

Bigcone Douglas-firs are suffering the effects of wildfires and droughts

Bigcone Douglas-fir occurs from the San Rafael Mountains in central Santa Barbara County and the Tehachapi Mountains of southwestern Kern County, south through the Transverse Ranges, to the Cuyamaca Mountains in San Diego County. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Bigcone Douglas-fir is an evergreen conifer native to the mountains of Southern California. Repeated wildfires and drought are threatening the species' existence in its native range, reported Bettina Boxall in the Los Angeles Times. The reporter...

Posted on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 2:11 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment

Change on the range

A new generation of ranchers is working to preserve California's rangelands.

A new breed of ranchers is bringing diverse demographics and unique needs to rangeland management in California. These first-generation ranchers are often young, female and less likely to, in fact, own a ranch. But like more traditional rangeland...

Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 4:58 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment

Hot weather tips for the summer garden

Mulch is a beautiful compliment to your landscape – not only is it aesthetic but it provides a valuable service to your soil.

This week much of California is under a heat advisory or excessive heat warning, with high temperatures estimated to range from 90 to 108 degrees. Many home gardeners are wondering how they can help their plants, trees or shrubs survive the intense...

Posted on Monday, July 30, 2018 at 9:05 AM
Focus Area Tags: Yard & Garden

A More Water Efficient Avocado?

avocado fruit

Here's a pretty technical report of water efficiency in avocado - the amount of water it takes to make fruit.  It looks like there might be some varieties that could produce more fruit with less water. It's a promising start to selecting a tree that...

Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 6:24 AM

Microbes associated with plant roots could be a key to helping plants survive drought

Sorghum growing in research plots at the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center. (Photo: Peggy Lemaux)

As sorghum plants cope with drought conditions, the plants' roots and adjoining microbial communities are communicating in a chemical language that appears to improve the plants' chances under water stress. “It's amazing,” said Peggy Lemaux,...

Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 8:44 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture

Monthly news round up: February 2018

In video game Foldit's Aflatoxin Challenge, players try to fold a protein into a shape that will break down the aflatoxin molecule into something harmless.

Scientists' Newest Tool To Fight Agricultural Toxin: A Video Game (KVPR) Kerry Klein, Feb. 28 It wasn't long after the invention of the internet that scientists discovered the potential for using computing power as a citizen science tool. One of the...

Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 10:19 PM
Focus Area Tags: 4-H,Agriculture,Economic Development
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