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No-till agriculture may not bring hoped-for boost in global crop yields, study finds

soy beans in a field

No-till farming, a key conservation agriculture strategy that avoids conventional plowing and otherwise disturbing the soil, may not bring a hoped-for boost in crop yields in much of the world, according to an extensive new meta-analysis by an international team led by the University of California,…

New tool identifies high-priority dams for fish survival

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Scientists have identified 181 California dams that may need to increase water flows to protect native fish downstream. The screening tool developed by the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis, to select “high-priority” dams may be particularly useful during…

New grant aims to build global food security through produce research

Michael Wolff, a UC Davis graduate student, right, discusses weeds with a volunteer in Kenya during a horticulture project in Kenya.

A new $18.75 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development will boost international fruit and vegetable research led by the University of California, Davis. The award extends for five more years a research program established at UC Davis in 2009 as the Horticulture Collaborative…