College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

UC Davis Receives $1 Million From Keck Foundation Following Virus Discovery

September 06, 2018
Researchers at UC Davis and the University of Alberta, Canada, have made preliminary discoveries about how Zika and hepatitis C viruses reproduce at the cellular level, providing new insight into a family of viruses that also includes West Nile and dengue.

Rice Plants That Reproduce as Clones From Seed

December 12, 2018
Plant biologists at UC Davis have discovered a way to make crop plants replicate through seeds as clones. The long-sought discovery could make it easier to propagate high-yielding, disease-resistant or climate-tolerant crops and make them available to the world’s farmers.

BioInnovation Group: Bringing Hands-On Lab Experiences to STEM Students

February 08, 2019
Launched in 2014, the BioInnovation Group connects undergraduates to life sciences research through student-run, independent projects. From synthesizing “Real Vegan Cheese” to developing microfluidic devices, the group allows students to be the drivers of innovation.

Coast Redwood and Giant Sequoia Mega-Genomes Sequenced

April 23, 2019
Scientists have successfully sequenced the coast redwood and giant sequoia genomes, completing the first major milestone of a five-year project to develop the tools necessary to study these forests’ genomic diversity.

Cloning Food Crops for Higher Yields: Venkatesan Sundaresan Wins Faculty Research Award

October 11, 2019
In December 2018, Distinguished Professor Venkatesan Sundaresan and his colleagues published in Nature a method that allowed them to produce clonal seeds directly from plants, bypassing the sexual reproduction process. Replicating this process in the lab could prove vital to providing the world’s farmers with high-yielding, disease-resistant or climate-resistant food crops.