The opening of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) bee research facility marks a new opportunity for USDA and UC Davis entomologists to collaborate and investigate serious problems that affect stakeholders.
Ramón Zermeño, a sophomore at the University of California, Davis majoring in human development, greets patients every week at Clínica Tepati, a free health care clinic serving the Sacramento area. "Being able to translate to patients that don’t understand a few words," said Zermeño. "Just knowing that the patient [will] be reassured and comfortable with having a Spanish speaking person there, that brings me happiness."
Excessive use of nitrogen-based fertilisers is contributing to numerous environmental problems, but a more balanced approach is necessary if the world’s growing population is to be fed. The global nitrogen challenge therefore involves both reducing fertiliser use, and getting it to where it’s needed most.