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Photo: A mountain lion.

Humans directly caused more than half the known deaths of mountain lions in Southern California, a 13-year study by UC Davis confirms. (UC Davis/photo)

A lion tale: Humans cause most mountain lion deaths in Southern California

The biggest threat to Southern California mountain lions is us, confirms a comprehensive 13-year study of the population’s mortality and survival from the University of California, Davis. The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, combined genetic and demographic data to determine that even though hunting mountain lions is prohibited in California, humans caused more than half the known deaths of mountain lions studied.

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Mellon grant will support community-based humanities research

The University of California, Davis, Humanities Institute recently received a $400,000 award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to launch a new program that will support humanities graduate students in leading community-based research projects beginning this fall. Real-world experience for…

Almonds contribute little to carbon emissions, study finds

almonds

Almonds, vilified during the current drought for being one of California’s thirstier crops, have a surprisingly small carbon footprint compared to other nutrient-rich crops, reports a team of researchers at the University of California, Davis, and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. The…

Rice disease-resistance discovery closes the loop for scientific integrity

Graphic with pictures of rice plants and bacteria

When disease-resistant rice is invaded by disease-causing bacteria, a small protein produced by the bacteria betrays the invader. Upon recognizing that protein, the rice plants sense that a microbial attack is underway and are able to mount an immune response to fend off bacterial infection,…

Drought and climate change fuel high-elevation California fires, study finds

A high Sierra forest with green and dead trees on the slope

Wildfires in California’s fabled Sierra Nevada mountain range are increasingly burning high-elevation forests, which historically have seldom burned, reports a team of researchers led by the John Muir Institute of the Environment at the University of California, Davis. The phenomenon — likely…

Study in calves offers hope for respiratory-disease treatment

Holstein calf

As every parent knows, respiratory illnesses — complete with runny nose, sore throat and cough — are quite routine for young children and usually pass as quickly as they appear. But one such illness, known as respiratory syncytial virus or RSV, poses a far more serious threat. Although most…

Keep Tahoe blue? Less algae, not clarity, key factor for blueness

Shohei Watanabe working on equipment on a boat on a lake.

Lake Tahoe’s iconic blueness is most strongly related to algae, not clarity, according to research released today from the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, or TERC. In the “Tahoe: State of the Lake Report 2015,” researchers found the lower the algal concentration, the bluer the…