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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…

To save the birds, look to the fish

Western grebe eating a fish

Birds that dive for fish while wintering in the Salish Sea, located between British Columbia and Washington, are more likely to be in decline than nondiving birds with less specialized diets, according to a study led by the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California,…

Engineers develop breath-test device for dolphin health

Dolphin in water

More than just "fish breath": Engineers at the University of California, Davis, have developed a new device for collecting dolphin breath for analysis, which could make it easier to check the marine animals' health and be used in studying dolphin biology and medicine as well as in wildlife…