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In a new study biochar helps yields, but only in the short term

March 14, 2017

Adding biochar to a farm's field is an irreversible decision, so understanding its long-term impacts is essential for farmers to make informed decisions.

Biochar, a charcoal created from organic materials burned at high temperatures and added as a soil amendment, has been shown to increase pH and soil fertility in areas with more weathered, acidic soils, like the tropics. But a new study shows its impact on productive soils like those in California's Central Valley may be quite different.

Biodigesters turn food into electricity, but can they also create fertilizer?

January 19, 2017

On a recent late-summer Wednesday, a freight container filled with cases of expired Muscle Milk protein drink awaited unloading at the UC Davis Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester (READ) while a front-loader scooped heaps of spoiled vegetables into a mechanical processor. Nourished by a diet of assorted food waste from the UC Davis campus and area restaurants and markets, READ harnesses the activity of billions of microbes to produce biogas capable of generating 5.6 million kWh per year of clean electricity for UC Davis.

Celebrating Leaders in Sustainable Agriculture

October 19, 2016

Mountjoy is being honored for his leadership in promoting practices and approaches that enable farmers and ranchers to be stewards of the environment. Mountjoy will receive this prestigious award at a ceremony at 5 p.m. on April 27 at the UC Davis Conference Center. The event will also feature a presentation by local farm-to-fork pioneer Patrick Mulvaney, chef and owner of Mulvaney’s B&L restaurant in Sacramento.

Welcome to the Agricultural Sustainability Institute

July 22, 2016

Check out our new video to learn more about our work and contribution to sustainable agriculture in California.

Learn more about our values and our vision for the future. Hear from our partners and our students about the need for interdisciplinary, long term work on agricultural sustainability.

Richard and Evelyne Rominger to Receive UC Davis Medals

May 26, 2016

Rich and Evelyne Rominger have been an integral part of ASI's, and have been valuable voices in sustainable agriculture and the importance of UC Davis' role in California agriculture for decades. We are proud to call them collaborators, and are excited to see them recognized with UC Davis' highest medal.

Alumni Richard and Evelyne Rominger, who for decades have played prominent roles in the community and in statewide and national agriculture, have been selected to receive UC Davis Medals, the highest honor the university presents to individuals.