Research

Sustainable Alternatives to Pesticides: Reducing Toxic Exposure and Increasing Soil Health

October 26, 2020

Soil fumigants are a class of pesticides used to control soil-borne pests, such as nematodes and pathogens, and are commonly applied in the fall after harvest or in the spring as a pre-plant soil preparation in a number of major California specialty crops. However, many conventional and widely used soil fumigants, such as chloropicrin and 1,3-dichloropropene, have been identified as toxic and/or possibly carcinogenic.

Research Highlight: Readability of Health Communications for Farmworkers

October 09, 2020

by Sofia Ledesema

My name is Sofia Ledesema and I am one of the UC Davis Undergraduate Public Health Scholars who was funded this summer to conduct research under the mentorship of Dr. Kent Pinkerton at the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (WCAHS). With the support of Dr. Pinkerton and Dr. Heather J. Hether from the UC Davis Communications Department, I created a study that focused on the readability of health communications for farmworkers.

Protecting Human Health in a Changing Climate

July 03, 2019
As extreme weather events occur more frequently and increase in severity each year, WCAHS is proud to welcome investigator, Kathryn (Katie) Conlon, PhD, and her research expertise related to adaptation strategies to protect human health in a changing climate.

2018–2019 Rapid Response Funding Awarded

May 21, 2019
Earlier this year, WCAHS accepted proposals for short-term projects that address research, outreach, or educational issues of agricultural health and safety in Arizona, California, Hawaii, and/or Nevada.

Animal Agriculture, Air Quality, and Climate Change

April 17, 2019
Dr. Frank Mitloehner of the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis discusses the challenges that California dairies will face as they attempt to reduce agricultural emissions by 2030.