Dean's Message, March 2017: 

A sure sign of spring at UC Davis is in the wind. It’s the sound of newborns in our animal facilities, a tradition that goes back more than a century to the founding of the University Farm when the first calves were born at the campus dairy.
Read more from Helene

Breeding resilience: researchers accelerate crop breeding to keep pace

Breeders and engineers at UC Davis are helping crops keep pace with variable weather by using advanced genetic strategies, developing robotic sensors to measure plant performance, and training the next generation of plant breeders. The challenge is to extrapolate what the future will bring—very, very quickly.
Helping crops keep pace

Students from diverse backgrounds pursue agriculture

With four undergraduate colleges and more than 100 majors to choose from, many students leave UC Davis without ever scratching the surface of the agricultural sciences. However, agricultural science is the backbone of education for the 7,491 students in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Meet students choosing agriculture

Young kids benefit from lipid supplements

Results from a large Bangladesh-based study, conducted by UC Davis researchers and their colleagues, show that lipid-based, or fat-based, nutritional supplements consumed during the first 1,000 days of life can significantly boost children’s growth and development. Malnutrition rates in Bangladesh are among the highest in the world.
Nutrient-fortified supplements

Why are pandas black and white? Scientists fill in the blanks

The scientists who uncovered why zebras have black-and-white stripes (to repel biting flies), took the coloration question to giant pandas in a study published in the journal, Behavioral Ecology. The study determined that the giant panda’s distinct markings have two functions: camouflage and communication.
Deconstructing giant pandas

CA&ES picks up three awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education

The CA&ES College Advancement Team earned three awards at the 2017 District VII regional conference of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) held in San Diego in early March.
Cream of the crop

Researchers find salt-tolerant gene in tilapia

UC Davis researchers have identified DNA segments that give tilapia, a fish that can live either in freshwater or saltwater, the ability to physiologically adjust to varying salinity levels. The trait may be critically important as climate change begins to alter the salinity of ocean and coastal waters, as well as the water in desert lakes and creeks.
Key to salinity response in fish
The Mann Lab celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with a serieas of noontime seminars about postharvest technology starting Thursday, March 30. Learn about these and other public events on the CA&ES Calendar.
CA&ES Calendar
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