Drought, heat, and elevated nighttime temperatures are major abiotic stresses impacting the grain quality of cereal crops around the world. These stresses are being exacerbated by climate change in countries where malting and brewing of grain crops are integral to local culture and identity, yet their impacts on the malting and brewing qualities of grain are poorly understood. (full article)
The natural drought tolerance of sorghum makes it a more sustainable grain option than maize for food, feed, alcoholic beverages, and biofuels end uses. Nevada producers have been growing older varieties of forage-type sorghum for many years, but grain sorghum is emerging as a high-value domestic crop that can fill profitable specialty markets for non-GMO, gluten-free food, snacks, and craft brewing and distilling. (full article)
Long-distance migration by terrestrial mammals has been described by Berger (2004) as one of the most spectacular and imperiled ecological phenomena. Long-distance migration has been defined as one-way migration of > 60 miles, and many of Nevada’s big game species, including pronghorn and mule deer, exhibit long-distance migration within the state. (full article)
Understanding the relationship between a species and its environment is critical for wildlife conservation. To effectively conserve greater sage-grouse populations, we require knowledge of how they interact with their environment, and their response to human-induced changes to the landscape. The primary techniques used to understand species-habitat relationships currently have several shortcomings that investigators aim to address. (full article)
University of Nevada, Reno Rangeland Ecology Professor Tamzen Stringham was recently recognized for her contributions to rangeland science and management when she received the California-Nevada Chapter Soil and Water Conservation Society’s 2019 Merit Award at the group’s Annual Conference. (full article)
A new $500,000 USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture funded project at the University of Nevada, Reno will use genetic studies and new seed stock and seeding strategies to find the most compatible seed and seed combinations for the various zones in the massive Great Basin.
The exhibit focuses on the contrasting environments found in Nevada and the Great Basin, and the relationship of the environment to its living inhabitants including humans, animals, and plants.
Is agriculture at risk from changing water availability? Twelve researchers from five institutions in three states, representing several academic disciplines, aim to find out.