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March 19, 2019


Study finds natural selection favors cheaters

A team of biologists at UCR has now found strong evidence of this cheating. Focusing on the interaction between nitrogen-fixing bacteria, or rhizobia, and their legume hosts spanning about 530 miles of California habitat, the researchers found that natural selection in their study populations favors cheating rhizobia.

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March 18, 2019

Proxima Centauri
Carbon monoxide detectors could warn of extraterrestrial life

In a study published today in The Astrophysical Journal, UCR's Edward Schwieterman, a postdoctoral researcher in the Earth Sciences department, and his team used computer models of chemistry in the biosphere and atmosphere to identify two intriguing scenarios in which carbon monoxide readily accumulates in the atmospheres of living planets.

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March 15, 2019

$3.5 million Givaudan gift will protect Citrus Variety Collection

The gift will fund an enclosure to guard against citrus greening disease, threatening UC Riverside's citrus groves.

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March 13, 2019

Coastal ecosystems suffer from upriver hydroelectric dams

A recent study by researchers at UC Riverside and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego demonstrates the widespread environmental consequences of large dam reservoirs in Mexico.

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March 11, 2019

Three entomologists honored

Elizabeth Grafton-Cardwell, Christiane Weirauch, and Kelsey McCalla win awards from the Pacific Branch, Entomology Society of America.

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March 8, 2019

Natural Reserves
CNAS scientists receive prestigious awards

Francisco Zaera, Wei Liu, and Vyjayanthi Chari received funds and awards for their research.

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February 28, 2019

Natural ReservesResearch identifies mechanism that helps plants fight bacterial infection

Hailing Jin, professor of microbiology and plant pathology, leads a team of researchers in regulating Argonaute protein to fight bacterial infection in plants.

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February 26, 2019

Natural ReservesWhen life gives you sour lemons, use genetics to find out why

A group of researchers (including two from UC Riverside) have discovered the genes that give many citrus fruits their sour taste. 

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February 22, 2019

Assistant professor Hoori Ajami holds conference to highlight key environmental issues

Ajami hosts a National Institute for Food and Agriculture Multistate Research Project conference focused on a range of pressing environmental issues. 

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February 22, 2019

edgeUCR student researcher takes smoking personally

Careen Khachatoorian, a sixth-year Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology graduate student, studies the dangers that come with smoking e-cigarettes and the residue left behind. 

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February 14, 2019

EarthNew NASA research consortium to tackle life's origins

NASA's new Prebiotic Chemistry and Early Earth Environments works to identify planetary conditions that might give rise to life's chemistry and find other habitable worlds.

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February 8, 2019

edgeScientists image conducting edges in a promising 2-D material

Researchers from UCR and the University of Washington image "edge conduction" for the first time in monolayer tungsten ditelluride , which can be used to build energy-efficient electronic devices. 

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February 5, 2019

Vibrating UniverseThe "Vibrating Universe" outreach

Astronomers at the University of California, Riverside, have teamed with teachers at the California School for the Deaf, Riverside, or CSDR, to design an astronomy workshop for students with hearing loss that can be easily used in classrooms, museums, fairs, and other public events.

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February 4, 2019

electronsUC Riverside physicists create exotic electron liquid

Associate Professor of Physics Nathaniel Gabor, who directs the UCR Quantum Materials Optoelectronics Lab, and his colleagues at UCR have created the first “electron liquid” at room temperature by bombarding an ultrathin semiconductor sandwich with powerful laser pulses.

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February 4, 2019

PlasmodiumGenome structure of malaria parasites linked to virulence

Co-lead researcher Karine Le Roch, a professor in the UCR Department of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology stated that novel intervention strategies targeting the genome structure could mark a breakthrough for both vaccine and drug development against malaria. Study results appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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February 4, 2019

California smogA warming world increases air pollution

Climate change is warming the ocean, but it’s warming land faster and that’s really bad news for air quality all over the world, says a new University of California, Riverside study (first author is Robert Allen, an associate professor in the UCR Earth Sciences department).

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January 17, 2019

mollie veliferaSize matters  to livebearer fish, big fins are a big deal

In a new paper, biologists from UC Riverside studied the evolution of 40 molly and Limia species, and concluded dorsal fin displays arose first for males to compete with other males, only later being used in courtship displays to females.

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January 11, 2019

MRB ribbon cuttingUCR opens largest research facility on campus

UC Riverside is celebrating the completion of the $150 million Multidisciplinary Research Building, or MRB, which will provide an innovative and collaborative approach to conducting research.

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January 11, 2019

plant    UCR scientists identify how plants sense temperature

Meng Chen, associate professor of cell biology at UCR, is leading a team to explore the role of phytochrome B, a molecular signaling pathway that may play a pivotal role in how plants respond to temperature.

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January 9, 2019

Varroa Mite
Bee mite arrival in Hawaii causes pathogen changes in honeybee predators

A team led by entomologists at UCR performed a study on the Big Island and found viruses associated with the varroa mite have spilled over into the western yellowjacket.

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December 14, 2018

GrapheneNew property revealed in graphene could lead to better performing solar panels

An international research team, co-led by associate professor of physics and astronomy Nathaniel Gabor at UCR, has discovered a new mechanism for ultra-efficient charge and energy flow in graphene.

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December 12, 2018

Undergraduate student SergioUCR physics undergraduate student headed to CERN

Sergio Garcia has an extraordinary opportunity to do hands-on work in one of the most famous centers for scientific research in the world. He will do research during the winter quarter on a particle detector at the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator.

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