Sustainability

The Age of Robot Farmers

April 09, 2019
Picking strawberries takes speed, stamina, and skill. Can a robot do it? Professor David Slaughter, champion of the Smart Farm Big Idea, demonstrates how future farmers might employ emerging technology.

Supporting the Next Wave of Water Leaders

March 26, 2019
UC Davis professor and director of the Center for Watershed Sciences Jay Lund explains the important role UC Davis engineers will play in solving water problems that plague societies across the globe.

Breeding for the Farm of the Future

March 21, 2019
New technology has greatly enhanced the ability of plant breeders to feed the world’s growing population, while spearheading a new era of agriculture in harmony with nature and people. This concept is part of UC Davis’ Smart Farm Big Idea.

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
UC Davis engineering professor Kurt Kornbluth has a knack for restoring vintage European cars. He has rebuilt hundreds of vehicles since he was in high school outside Detroit.

Gene Network Lets Plant Roots Handle Nitrogen

October 24, 2018
With robotics, computers and advanced genetics, researchers at the UC Davis and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have established a core set of genes that help plants metabolize nitrogen, the key to plant growth and crop yield.