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cacao flowers

FLOWERS FOR CHOCOLATE  Pale petals curl over a cacao flower’s male parts. Here, two developing fruits, or seedpods (top left), will eventually ripen, housing the seeds that give the world chocolate.

Zinfandel grapevine

GRAPE SHOT Grapevines, like this healthy Zinfandel plant, have an incredible resilience to drought, a new study shows.

agricultural fields

FIELD FUMES California’s agricultural regions are responsible for between 20 and 51 percent of the total emissions of nitrogen oxide gases in the state, new research finds. Such “NOx” gases, which include nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide, help produce toxic smog.

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