UC Davis Linnaean Team Wins National Championship!Entomological Society of America meeting Tuesday.
The UC Davis Linnaean Team earlier won the Pacific Branch, ESA (PBESA) competition. Members are captain Ralph Washington Jr. (Steve Nadler lab); Jéssica Gillung (Lynn Kimsey lab), Brendon Boudinot (Phil Ward lab) and Ziad Khouri (Lynn Kimsey lab). The Linnaean Games are lively college-bowl type competitions at which the teams answer questions about insects and entomologists.
The UC Davis Debate Team placed second in the national student debate. Members are Rei Scampavia (labs of Ed Lewis and Neal Williams), Jenny Carlson (Anthony Cornel lab), Ralph Washington Jr. (Steve Nadler lab) and Joanna Bloese (Larry Godfrey lab). See advance story on the UC Davis participation. -more-
UC Davis Bee Research on Immunity
The paper on bee immunity and toxin metabolism was published Nov. 9 in Scientific Reports, part of the Nature Publishing Group.
“First, the results suggest that forager bees may use antimicrobial peptides—short sequences of amino acids with general activity-- to reduce microbial growth in stored food resources,” said Rachel Vannette of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. “This would be a largely unrecognized way that bees protect honey and potentially other stored resources from microbial spoilage. Second, this work shows that forager bees produce toxin-degrading enzymes in nectar-processing tissues.” -more-
Timothy Paine to Present Leigh Distinguished Alumni Seminar on Dec. 2Timothy Paine of UC Riverside will present the Thomas and Nina Leigh Distinguished Alumni Seminar on Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the UC Davis Memorial Union II. His topic: "Insect Invasion Biology and California Landscapes." A reception will precede the seminar from 5 to 6 p.m.
Paine is widely recognized for his work in landscape and forest entomology, and the integrated pest management of woody ornamentals. His research has developed successful biological control projects and explored the biology and ecology of invasive pests and their interactions with other species.
A longtime member of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), Paine was selected a fellow in 2006. He received the distinguished teacher award in 2011 from the Pacific Branch, ESA, and is a past president. Paine is a 1973 graduate of UC Davis, with bachelor degrees in history and entomology. He received his doctorate in entomology in 1981.
His primary research focus is "to develop a better understanding of the biology and ecology of the herbivorous insects through studies of their interactions with host plants, competitors, and natural enemies, and determine the influence of environmental stress on those interactions," he says on his website. -more-
Meet Community Ecologist Rachel Vannette, New Faculty MemberRachel Vannette, formerly a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, is a new faculty member of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. She joined the department as an assistant professor in September.
“I am interested in understanding and predicting how microbial communities influence interactions between plants and insects,” she said. “In the Vannette lab (in Briggs Hall), we use tools and concepts from microbial ecology, chemical ecology, and community ecology to better understand the ecology and evolution of interactions among plants, microbes and insects."
A native of Hudsonville, Mich., Vannette received her bachelor of science degree in biology with honors at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich., and her doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Michigan, in 2011. Her dissertation was entitled “Whose Phenotype Is It Anyway? The Complex Role of Species Interactions and Resource Availability in Determining the Expression of Plant Defense Phenotype and Community Consequences.” -more-
Stacey Rice Wins EGSA T-Shirt Contest with Wasp on Wheels
A wasp riding a penny-farthing or a high wheel bicycle is the winner of the 2015 annual t-shirt contest sponsored by the Entomology Graduate Students' Association (EGSA) at the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology.
“I wanted to draw a penny-farthing, which is part of the UC Davis culture,” said artist Stacey Rice, a junior specialist in the lab of Extension entomologist Larry Godfrey. “Then I wanted an insect that would be able to put its abdomen on the seat and have long enough legs to reach the pedals.”
She solved the dilemma by creating a “new species” of wasp and drawing the majority of votes from faculty, staff and students to win the annual contest. The result: “Hymenoptera on Bicycle.” -more-
Briggs Hall Now Has Pollinator Garden
As of Tuesday morning, Nov. 3, the large concrete planter at the main entrance to Briggs Hall is thriving with bee friendly plants, including ceanothus, rosemary, evergreen currant, salvias, seaside daisy, snowberry, gum plant, California buckwheat, California fuschia and California goldenrod.
“The Campus Grounds removed the existing plants to allow us to do this,” said Christine Casey, staff director of the department's Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven on Bee Biology Road. Garden volunteers Sarah Dohle, Sky Johnson, Finnegan Pitchford, Betty Warne, Rick Williams, and Sharon Kirkpatrick comprised the team that completed the project. -more-
Wade Spencer's Courtship Dance as Peacock Jumping Spider Goes Viral
Bohart Museum associate Fran Keller, who received her doctorate in entomology at UC Davis, captured the video of the courtship dance. Posted on the Bohart Museum Facebook page, it immediately went viral on social media. See more on Bug Squad
What's Bugging You? 'Delusional Infestation' Article in JournalBohart Museum of Entomology and UC Davis professor of entomology.
Delusional infestation is linked to a wide variety of conditions, ranging from AIDS, alcoholism, diabetes, cancer and Parkinson's disease to medications and drug abuse, said Kimsey, author of a newly published paper in Acta Dermato-Venereologica, an international peer-reviewed journal for clinical and experimental research in the field of dermatology and venereology.
“Delusional infestation, delusional parasitosis, Morgellon's or Ekbom's syndrome are all names for a disorder where sufferers feel itching, crawling and pinching sensations (paresthesia) that may become chronic,” she wrote. “These individuals believe they are infested with parasites, yet no parasites can be found.” -more-
In the Spotlight
- Department News
- Christopher John de los Santos: 1969-2015
- James R. Carey: National Teaching Award
- Michael Parrella Accepts Position at University of Idaho
- Rick Karban's Plant Communication Book
- Watch UC Davis Bee Symposium Presentations on YouTube
- Ag Communicators Win Gold Awards
- Our Team (Department photo)
- Bohart Museum's Schedule of Open Houses
- Eric Grissell: Giving Back
- History of Our Bee Garden
Blogs, Books, and Other Connections
- Alex Wild's Compound Eye Blog: Some of Best Nature/Science Photographs
- Stephen Buchmann, Ph.D at UC Davis: Birds, Bees And The Power of Sex Appeal: The Ribald Lives of Flowers (NPR)
- 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
- Peter Cranston, Penny Gullan: New Edition of 'The Insects'
- Apiary newsletter, from the UC apiaries (note new site, Elina L. Niño)
- Apiary newsletter, from the UC apiaries (archived copes, Eric Mussen)
- New Ant Book (free): Photos by Alex Wild
- Insect Note Cards, Benefitting UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center
|Leigh Seminar: Timothy Paine||12/2/2015|
|Bohart Museum Open House||12/5/2015|
|CVEC 20th Anniversary||4/7/2016|
|Conference on Pollinator Biology- Health and Policy||7/18/2016|
Bee Biology (Website, the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility is under construction. 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)