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.

PFAS chemicals do not last forever

The use of sulfite and iodide under ultraviolet light can destroy PFAS in water in a few hours

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

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

Insights from algae genes unlock mysteries of plant growth and health

The discovery will improve biofuel production from algae and help develop heat-tolerant crops.

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

Candy-coated pills could prevent pharmaceutical fraud

Colorful nonpareils can uniquely identify drug capsules and counterfeit fashions

By Holly Ober | | 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.

New method detects deepfake videos with up to 99% accuracy

Two-pronged technique detects manipulated facial expressions and identity swaps

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

Discovery about coral-algal symbiosis could help coral reefs recover after bleaching events

Algae’s ability to establish symbiosis in coral without photosynthesis could help fight coral bleaching

By Holly Ober | | Science / Technology

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

How mountain streams signal climate change

A new tool designed by UC Riverside researchers can better assess an overlooked indicator of global warming: the variety of bugs, worms, and snails living in high mountain streams.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

UC Riverside hunts for COVID-19 variants in California

Genetic analysis of COVID-19 samples at UC Riverside is helping state officials prepare for potential infection surges caused by new variants of the disease.

By Jules Bernstein | | Science / Technology

Turmeric compound helps grow engineered blood vessels and tissues

Magnetic hydrogels embedded with curcumin-coated nanoparticles promote the secretion of vascular endothelial growth factor

By Holly Ober | | 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