Surprising Discovery from Vannette Lab: Nectar-Living Microbes Influence Pollinator's Foraging Preference
Nectar-living microbes release scents or volatile compounds, too, and can influence a pollinator's foraging preference, according to newly published research led by UC Davis community ecologist Rachel Vannette.
The groundbreaking research, published in the current edition of New Phytologist journal, shows that nectar-inhabiting species of bacteria and fungi “can influence pollinator preference through differential volatile production,” said Vannette, an assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology.
“This extends our understanding of how microbial species can differentially influence plant phenotype and species interactions through a previously overlooked mechanism,” Vannette said. “It's a novel mechanism by which the presence and species composition of the microbiome can influence pollination.” -more-
NPR Journalist: Common Errors in Biomedical Research, How to Fix ThemRichard Harris of Washington D.C., author of the newly published book, “Rigor Mortis How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope and Wastes Billions,” will target biomedical research issues and propose solutions when he presents a Storer Lecture on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 25 in the UC Davis Student Community Center.
His presentation, “Common Errors that Bedevil Biomedical Research and How to Fix Them,” will take place from 4:10 to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the lecture.
“Richard Harris has written a very important and unsettling book based on his careful investigation of the biomedical research enterprise. We can expect an intriguing and thought provoking lecture,” said Mark Winey, distinguished professor of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and dean of the College of Biological Sciences, UC Davis, who is hosting the journalist. -more-
NIH Features Bruce Hammock
Renowned scientist and NIEHS grantee Bruce Hammock, Ph.D., has made groundbreaking discoveries in biology and biochemistry that have implications for improving the health of both humans and the environment. Originally trained as an insect developmental biologist, Hammock has since expanded his research into developing safe therapeutics for humans and animals, as well as developing tools to monitor exposure to environmental contaminants.
“It is fun to look back and see how this research has expanded over time,” said Hammock, who has been supported by NIEHS since obtaining his first job in 1975. “Every time we learn something new about the fundamental biology of humans and animals, it raises ten times more questions.”
Hammock directs the UC Davis NIEHS Superfund Research Program Center, which has been funded since 1987. -more-
LASER Event Nov. 16 at UC Davis
The event, free and open to the public, begins with networking at 6; and speaker presentations at 6:30. At 7:15, the program includes conversations and rapid fire community sharing.
The speakers are Beth Ferguson, UC Davis assistant professor of design, who will discuss "The Electric Driver Solar Kiosk"; Petr Janata, professor, UC Davis Department of Psychology and Center for Mind and Brain, who will cover "Musical Neurobiographies"; and Michael Arcega, assistant professor, San Francisco State University Department of Art, whose topic is "WORDSWORDS." -more-
Frank Zalom Receives B. Y. Morrison Medal from USDA-ARSFrank Zalom, UC Davis distinguished professor of entomology, is the recipient of the 2017 B.Y. Morrison Medal, established in 1968 by U.S. Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS).
Zalom is the first entomologist to receive the coveted award, according to Kim Kaplan of the USDA-ARS Office of Communications.
Zalom was singled out for his outstanding work in IPM related to sustainable horticulture production, specifically for “his outstanding leadership and public service in IPM for horticultural crops at the regional, state, national and international levels; his stellar accomplishments in horticultural crops sustainability and pest management and his work ethic, service, courage and integrity, all driven by his insatiable curiosity and passion to solve problems in the horticultural crops landscape,” Kaplan said.
Zalom received the award, co-sponsored by USDA-ARS and the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), on Thursday, Sept. 21 at the ASHS conference in Waikoloa, Hawaii. He will present the Morrison Memorial Lecture on “Significance of Integrated Pest Management to Sustainable Horticultural Production – Observations and Experiences.” -more-
UC Davis Bee Lab: Next Class Oct. 20
Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño of the University of California, Davis, and her lab held a class on "Varroa Mite Management Strategies” on Friday, Sept. 22, and one on "Planning Ahead for Your First Hives" on Saturday, Oct. 7.
The next one is "“Queen Rearing Basics” on Friday, Oct. 20. This is a one-day short course taught by Elina Niño and staff research associate Bernardo Niño in the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, located on 1 Bee Biology Road, UC Davis. -more-
Seminar: Curious Case of Katydids
Bodil Cass, UC Davis, will present a seminar on "Ecoinformatics and the Curious Case of Katydids in California Citrus" from 4:10 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25 in 122 Briggs Hall.
This is part of the fall quarter seminars, hosted by the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology and coordinated by Rachel Vannette, assistant professor. The seminars take place Wednesdays from 4:10 to 5 p.m. in 122 Briggs Hall. See seminar schedule.
UC Davis Entomology Ranked Among Best in the WorldTimes Higher Education World University Rankings.
The rankings show UC Davis as No. 7 globally, scoring 89.88 of a possible 100. Of the top 10, two are in California. UC Riverside is ranked as No. 2.
Performance indicators are grouped into five areas: Teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation); citations (research influence); international outlook (staff students and research) and industry outcome (knowledge transfer). -more-
In the Spotlight
- Department News
- Tabatha Yang: Citation for Excellence!
- Migrant Education Program VisitedStudents Visit the Bohart
- Christian Nansen: Drone Program
- Shirley Gee: 40 Years of Service
- Anthony Cornel: Novel Way to Render Female Mosquitoes Infertile
- Rick Karban's Plant Communication Book
- Watch UC Davis Bee Symposium Presentations on YouTube
- Eric Grissell: Giving Back
- History of Our Bee Garden
- 'I Wanna Be an Entomologist' by Heather Wilson
Blogs, Books, and Other Connections
- Ecology 180 Blog; class led by Louie Yang
- Alex Wild's Compound Eye Blog: Some of Best Nature/Science Photographs
- UC Davis Department of Entomology (Facebook)
- Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility (Facebook)
- Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven (Facebook)
- E.L. Niño Bee Lab (Facebook)
- Bug Squad blog (Kathy Keatley Garvey)
- Robbin Thorp Co-Author of California Bees and Blooms
- Robbin Thorp Co-Author of Bumble Bees of North America
- Apiary newsletter, from the UC apiaries (Elina L. Niño)
- Apiary newsletter, from the UC apiaries (archived, Eric Mussen)
- New Ant Book (free): Photos by Alex Wild
- Insect Note Cards, Benefitting UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center
|Storer Lecture: Richard Harris||10/25/2017|
|Bodil Cass Seminar||10/25/2017|
|Cybersecurity and Higher Education Research||10/26/2017|
|UC Davis LASER Event||11/16/2017|
|Consilience Science/Art Show Deadline||12/15/2017|
Bee Biology Website, the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility is under construction. (See archives. See history of bee garden)
Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven Also see Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven Annual Report
Apiary Newsletters (archived copies, Eric Mussen)
How to Write Like a Professor (James R. Carey)
What's This Bug? (CDFA)