UC Davis to Study Agave as Drought-Tolerant Crop for California

The University of California, Davis, announced that its new fund for agave research will support outreach and research into the plants and their viability as a low-water crop in California. Agave can be a source of fiber and alternative sweetener as well as the distilled spirits tequila and mezcal. Earlier this year a group of growers, distillers and retailers formed the California Agave Council to foster collaboration and offer a chance to share knowledge among members who previously had no formal network. Proponents believe agave grown in California could be larger and sweeter than Mexican agave and could do well with little to no water. Initial research will focus on growing sites and plant attributes.