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UC Davis solution for better nitrogen climate modeling adopted by IPCC

By Kat Kerlin Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers who provide global climate models to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have publicly thanked UC Davis associate professor Ben Houlton and his colleagues for creating a new solution to more accurately …
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Dairy products boost effectiveness of probiotics, new studies show

Probiotics, those living bacteria and yeasts that offer a variety of health benefits, especially for the digestive system, are now available to consumers in yogurt and a variety of other food products as well as in nonfood supplements. But little …
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Wild bees pollinate crops, but that’s not why they should be conserved

By Kathy Keatley Garvey Wild bee diversity is declining worldwide at unprecedented rates, and steps must be taken to conserve them — and not just those that are the main pollinators of agricultural crops, declare 58 bee researchers in a …
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“Chromosome shattering” seen in plants, cancer

Plants can undergo the same extreme “chromosome shattering” seen in some human cancers and developmental syndromes, UC Davis researchers have found. Chromosome shattering, or “chromothripsis,” has until now only been seen in animal cells. A paper on the work is …
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Milk contributes $21 billion to California’s economy

Milk is California’s top agricultural commodity, and California is the biggest dairy state with an astonishing $9.4 billion of milk sold last year, according to a new report from the California Milk Advisory Board. The dairy industry contributed approximately $21 …
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UC Davis plans joint research with Brazil

FAPESP, the São Paulo Research Foundation and UC Davis announced May 12 the launch of a new program to strengthen collaborative research in physical sciences, engineering, biomedical sciences and agriculture within the framework of the cooperation agreement signed by the two …
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UC Davis/Mars Inc. team advances to finals of FDA Food Safety Challenge

A team from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and scientists from Mars, Inc. has been selected as a finalist for the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Challenge competition. UC Davis and four other finalists will travel to …
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UC Davis lands three new USDA food safety grants

By Pat Bailey UC Davis scientists are leading three new research projects on food safety, recently funded with more than $5 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. These grants are part …
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Rice can “borrow” stronger immunity from other plant species, study shows

Like most other plants, rice is well equipped with an effective immune system that enables it to detect and fend off disease-causing microbes. But that built-in immunity can be further boosted when the rice plant receives a receptor protein from …
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UC Davis leads new effort in livestock genomics

By Pat Bailey Scientists and breeders working with poultry and livestock species will get a new set of tools from an international project that includes the University of California, Davis. The UC Davis team is led by functional genomicist Huaijun …
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