And UC Davis researchers are working to restore their West Coast population, which has declined because of over-harvesting and pollution.
A UC ranch looks at irrigation, plant nutrition and soil health issues, as it reinvents agriculture and readies farms to feed a growing population.
With techniques such as mechanical tree-shaking and pruning, UC Davis researchers are developing reliable and cost-effective ways to sustain an industry that has a fruitful and long history in California.
The UC Davis Olive Center, a university and industry coalition, seeks to do for olives what the campus did for wine.
Farmers partner with UC scientists to develop innovative tilling systems that reduce tractor work and emissions into the environment.