Plant biologists have bumped up crop productivity by increasing the expression of genes that result in more efficient use of light in photosynthesis, a finding that could be used to help address the world’s future food needs.
An unprecedented 40-year experiment in a 40,000-acre valley of Yosemite National Park strongly supports the idea that managing fire, rather than suppressing it, makes wilderness areas more resilient to fire.
Associate Professor Daniel Zilberman is one of 84 Faculty Scholars appointed today by the The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Simons Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as part of their new Faculty Scholars Program.
A new study has found that recreational use of private land in the U.S. could have significant benefits for both conservation efforts and economic return, especially when coupled with certain policy mechanisms.
Research by plant biologists at UC Berkeley and UC Davis shows that young sunflowers grow better when they track the sun’s daily motion from east to west across the sky, using an internal clock to help control their movement.
In southern Italy’s region of Apulia, the plant pathogen Xylella fastidiosa is threatening the famous, generations-old olive trees that attract tourists and provide income to the rural communities there.