Plant stress transformed into rapid tests for dangerous chemicals

UC Riverside scientists have modified proteins involved in plants’ natural response to stress, making them the basis of innovative tests for banned pesticides and deadly, synthetic cannabinoids.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Scientists fail to locate once-common CA bumble bees

Several species of California bumble bees have gone missing in the first statewide census of the fuzzy pollinators in 40 years. If they can be found, a recent court ruling could help save them.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Genetic discovery could spell mosquitoes’ death knell

A UC Riverside genetic discovery could turn disease-carrying mosquitoes into insect Peter Pans, preventing them from ever maturing or multiplying.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Human skin can be damaged by exposure to thirdhand smoke and electronic cigarette spills

A relatively short exposure is sufficient to cause the damage, UC Riverside study finds

Antibiotics wreak havoc on athletic performance

By killing essential gut bacteria, antibiotics ravage athletes’ motivation and endurance. The UC Riverside-led mouse study suggests the microbiome is a big factor separating athletes from couch potatoes.

Pheromones lure deadly palm weevils to their doom

UC Riverside scientists have a new chemical weapon to seduce and kill the invasive, long-nosed beetles destroying California palm trees by the tens of thousands.

New strategies to save the world’s most indispensable grain 

A UC Riverside-led team has learned what happens to the roots of rice plants when they’re confronted with two types of stressful scenarios: too much water, or too little. These observations form the basis of new protective strategies.

UCR ecologists work toward post-fire rebirth of healthy landscapes   

The worst fire impacts this year are predicted to hit Northern California’s higher elevation forests and Southern California’s chaparral-clad mountainous National Forest lands. To aid recovery, UC Riverside ecologists are collaborating with the US Forest Service to target these spots with new post-fire ecological restoration strategies.

By David Danelski | | Science / Technology

How drones can help dairy farms manage methane emissions

Accurate atmospheric measurements directly over their farm can help farmers fight climate change

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

New technology offers fighting chance against grapevine killer

Scientists at UC Riverside have a shot at eradicating a deadly threat to vineyards posed by the glassy-winged sharpshooter, just as its resistance to insecticide has been growing.

How genome organization influences cell fate

UC Riverside-led study identifies how blood stem cells maintain their fate

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology

Late UCR professor honored through endowed award

Tom Morton, a professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of California, Riverside, died March 3, 2020. He is remembered as a global citizen and scientist who embraced foreign languages and cultures, demonstrated a cross-disciplinary passion for scientific research, and who showed concern for the environment.

Art Riggs remembered for pioneering research on diabetes, arthritis and cancer

UC Riverside alumnus and friend Arthur D. (Art) Riggs, a pioneering researcher and expert in diabetes who helped launch the biotechnology industry, died March 23, 2022. He was 82.

Meet the forest microbes that can survive megafires

New UC Riverside research shows fungi and bacteria able to survive redwood tanoak forest megafires are microbial “cousins” that often increase in abundance after feeling the flames.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Lesser known ozone layer’s outsized role in planet warming

New UC Riverside-led research has identified a lesser-known form of ozone playing a big role in heating the Southern Ocean — one of Earth’s main cooling systems.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Why Venus rotates, slowly, despite sun’s powerful grip

If not for the soupy, fast-moving atmosphere on Venus, Earth’s sister planet would likely not rotate. Instead, Venus would be locked in place, always facing the sun the way the same side of the moon always faces Earth. The gravity of a large object in space can keep a smaller...

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

With dwindling water supplies, the timing of rainfall matters 

A new UC Riverside study shows it’s not how much extra water you give your plants, but when you give it that counts.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Why doesn’t fire kill some bacteria and fungi?

UC Riverside scientists will spend the next three years studying the traits that allow soil microbes to respond to fire, as well as the role those microbes play in storing or emitting powerful greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide or nitrous oxide.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

No Thanksgiving for bacteria or fungus

UC Riverside scientists have developed a technique for solving a decades-old mystery involving the chemical in turkey that makes people sleepy. Their new ability to map the atoms involved in the production of tryptophan opens the door to new antibiotic and antifungal drugs.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

How a virus packages its genetic material

Simulations by UC Riverside-led team could help design nanocontainers used in drug delivery

By Iqbal Pittalwala | | Science / Technology