Beverly Hills billionaires give UC Davis $50 million to build agricultural research hub
The University of California Davis has announced a $50 million investment to build a center to help foster research in life sciences, plant sciences, conservation, and sustainability.
Located on more than 80 acres in the UC Davis campus, the new center is designed to encourage collaborative research, develop new research tools, and create new ideas for new agricultural and environmental products and industries.
A recent story in the news about the University of California Davis revealed that the agricultural and environmental-related center will provide opportunities for “new generations of scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, students” and “provide opportunities for students to engage in real-world research.”
The new center is the largest private investment in UC Davis’ agricultural and life sciences research programs to date.
“This investment is an honor for UC Davis and the state of California,” said UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi. “Our world-class agricultural research centers here at UC Davis are essential to advancing food, fuel, and fiber production here in California, and now we are making a bold investment that will help us prepare to make another major leap forward in agriculture and life sciences research.”
The center will include a new laboratory and office complex, a new building for student activities, an expansion of the life sciences and plant sciences research programs, a state-of-the-art demonstration farm, and a public and student engagement space.
It will also have a new agricultural research and education building with new classrooms, research laboratories, office space, a laboratory for plant conservation and sustainable agriculture, and a collaborative space in order to make the center a hub for agricultural and life sciences research and education, said Ann Bove, associate vice chancellor for Research and Innovation at UC Davis.
“This center represents a significant and welcome investment from the University of California,” said Assemblyman George Runner, a member of the California State University system, adding the investment is “a significant commitment to the California State University and California higher education community to better meet the challenges of the future by providing access to critical new research funding.”
The center will also include a demonstration farm that features a “hands on, working farm,