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Joshua Tree National Park is more popular than ever — but its namesake trees are facing extinction

VOGUE — In a wilderness area at the northwest corner of Joshua Tree National Park, ecologist Lynn Sweet treks across the high desert as raucous pinyon jays swoop overhead. She navigates carefully across the landscape of blackbrush and fragrant junipers to inspect the stump of a Joshua tree. Much of the tree’s trunk, branches, and...

Dr. Julia Bailey-Serres: Researching flood resistance in rice and other plants

PEOPLE BEHIND THE SCIENCE PODCAST -- Dr. Julia Bailey-Serres is Director of the Center for Plant Cell Biology and Distinguished Professor of Genetics at the University of California, Riverside. She also holds the University of California John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair and is Professor of Rice Physiology at Utrecht University in the...
By PBtS Staff | People Behind the Science Podcast |

Phylloxera breakthrough brings hope to Vineyards

WINE-SEARCHER -- An end might be in sight to the long-running war between vineyard owners and their greatest enemy – phylloxera. The genome of the phylloxera, an insect that caused plagues that devastated European vines in the 19th Century and has remained a potent threat ever since has been mapped by an international team involving...
By Staff | Wine Searcher |

How to tell if an avocado is bad

FOOD52 -- A few years ago, an Australian company called Naturo Technologies invented a machine—the Natavo Zero, aka the Avocado Time Machine. This ATM supposedly miraculously slows the avocado ripening process, keeping it from turning brown for up to 10 days without the use of chemicals—or olive oil, or lemon juice, or red onion. (Naturo...

El-kereamy named Director of UC Lindcove Research & Extension Center

Ashraf El-kereamy will be the new director of UC Agriculture and Natural Resources' Lindcove Research & Extension Center, starting on July 1, 2020. He will continue to serve as a UC Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Botany & Plant Sciences at UC Riverside and based at Lindcove Research & Extension Center. “Elizabeth Grafton-Cardwell...
By Pamela Kan-Rice | UC Agriculture and Natural Resources |
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