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With climate changing, Southern plants do better than Northern locals

Can plants and animals evolve to keep pace with climate change? A study published May 19 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that for at least one widely-studied plant, the European climate is changing fast …
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Rising carbon dioxide, less nutritious food?

This week’s report that the Antarctic ice sheets are in irreversible retreat grabbed headlines, but another report last week warned that rising carbon dioxide levels threaten the quality of the world’s food supply, as well. Increased malnutrition and loss of …
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Animal scientist receives Borlaug communications award

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) has announced that Alison Van Eenennaam, a geneticist and Cooperative Extension specialist in animal genomics and biotechnology at UC Davis, is the recipient of its 2014 Borlaug CAST Communication Award. Announcement of …
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First peanut genomes sequenced

The genome of the peanut, a staple food for millions in the developing world as well as an important cash crop, has been sequenced by a multinational consortium including researchers at the UC Davis Genome Center. The new peanut genome …
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New natural mosquito repellent discovered

Two recent papers by Professor Walter Leal, Dept. of Molecular and Cell Biology could have far-reaching consequences for both mosquito and moth control. But perhaps the most exciting outcome of the work is his serendipitous discovery of a naturally occurring …
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BGI, UC Davis to host international genomics conference this Fall

The cutting-edge role of genomics — large-scale sequencing and analysis of DNA — in medicine, agriculture and science will be the topics of  the Second International Conference on Genomics in the Americas, to be held in Sacramento, Sept. 12-13. The …
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Act now to avoid irreversible climate tipping point, scientists urge

By Kat Kerlin Five UC Davis faculty members joined more than 500 top global change scientists in signing a statement that outlines the key environmental issues – from climate change to pollution and population growth — policymakers must address to …
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Bad news for pears, but let the cows eat cake

Two sort-of nutrition related items that caught my eye today: Firstly, researchers at the UC Davis School of Medicine contradict the notion that a “pear-shaped” body is healthier than an “apple-shaped” one; second, some cattle ranchers stung by the high …
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BGI President Yang: “Let’s collaborate” on century of life science

Big numbers — of DNA base pairs sequenced, numbers of genomes completed, volumes of data collected and dollars invested — were in the air Nov. 9 when Dr. Huanming (Henry) Yang, president and cofounder of BGI (formerly the Beijing Genomics …
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UC Davis receives Gates Foundation “Grand Challenges Explorations” grants

Three UC Davis research teams are winners of Grand Challenges Explorations grants to support innovative global health and development research projects, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A group led by Professor Savithramma Dinesh-Kumar of the …
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