Study improves understanding of how bacteria benefit plant growth
UC Riverside-led research aims to improve sustainable agricultural practices
Sewage to sustenance: making reclaimed water ready for crops
A new, $1 million project is testing a low-cost technology to make reclaimed water safer for agricultural re-use. The project will test how effectively biochar made from discarded plant materials can “polish” the water.
Studies identify new strategies for insect control
Mosquitoes spread several diseases , such as malaria and dengue . In 2020 about 241 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide, with a few more million cases occurring in 2021. Nearly half the world’s population lives in regions where contracting dengue virus is a risk. Insects also destroy a third...
Artificial photosynthesis can produce food without sunshine
Scientists are developing artificial photosynthesis to help make food production more energy-efficient here on Earth, and one day possibly on Mars
How drones can help dairy farms manage methane emissions
Accurate atmospheric measurements directly over their farm can help farmers fight climate change
Decoded genome of little-known disease offers hope for citrus
UC Riverside scientists are hoping the RNA of an obscure infection can one day be used like a Trojan horse to deliver life-saving treatments to citrus trees.
A robot that tells growers when to water crops is on the way
Researchers are creating an autonomous mobile robot to sample leaves and measure their water potential
Tiny particle, big payoff
UC Riverside scientists have solved a 20-year-old genetics puzzle that could result in ways to protect wheat, barley, and other crops from a devastating infection. Ayala Rao, professor of plant pathology and microbiology, has been studying Brome Mosaic virus for decades. Unlike some viruses, the genetic material of this virus...
Some domesticated plants ignore beneficial soil microbes
Domestication yielded bigger crops often at the expense of plant microbiomes
FarmSense invited to UC Startup Pitch Showcase
The UC Riverside entrepreneurs are in the running for $10 million in funding
Pumpkins, trunk-o-treat, and family fun at UC Riverside
UCR’s Community Garden will host its inaugural Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch on Oct. 26.
Astronauts might soon grow SPACE tomatoes
Grant to UC Riverside could help put tiny tomato plants on the International Space Station