Sustainability

Drought Concerns Lessen in Wake of Latest Rain, But Experts Still Cautious

February 07, 2019
“On the whole, it’s good news. But good news on water is only temporary in California,” said Jay Lund, professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Davis, and director of watershed sciences at the school. “In wet years, we have to prepare for dry years, and in dry years for wet years.”

Opinion: California Needs to Explore New Approaches to Water

January 18, 2019
New scientific research over the past few decades has taught us better ways to help struggling fish populations. Scientists throughout the state have determined that the water-only approach to helping fish favored by the State Water Board simply may not be the best solution.

Driven to Teach

January 07, 2019
With the goal of designing cars, Kornbluth studied engineering before working for General Motors. Now, he is the founding director of the UC Davis Program for International Energy Technologies, an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and the champion for the Sustainable Campus, Sustainable Cities initiative.

Farm Robots Need to Be Trusted to Tell Crops From Weeds

June 13, 2018
Robots will move along fields either spraying herbicides through a pen-like nozzle or pulling weeds as soon as 2019 after their makers perfect programming them to distinguish weeds from crops like tomatoes.

Harvesting Solutions

June 01, 2018
What happens when outside factors affect the amount of food people are so used to purchasing? What will food production look like in 20 years?

Paradigm Shift

June 01, 2018

Morning, 2048: Work is well underway as day breaks on this farm in California’s Central Valley. A robotic tractor drives along rows of tomato plants, with a snip-snip-snip as weeds are cut away. A drone hovers over a field, looking for signs of disease. In the feedlot, sensors show which cattle are thriving and which are eating less — an early sign of illness.

Via UC Davis Magazine