Innovative Research: How Elvira de Lange Is Targeting Spider Mites in Strawberry Fields
Chemical ecologist Elvira Simone de Lange, a postdoctoral researcher in the Christian Nansen lab, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, has received a three-year $249,878 federal grant that involves using drones to detect the early infestation of spider mites, and then targeting the pests with biocontrol agents.
The grant is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program
Her research project, "Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)-Guided Releases of Predatory Mites for Management of Spider Mites in Strawberry," aims to identify “very subtle differences in reflectance of the strawberry canopy, indicating spider mite-induced stress,” she said. “Releasing predatory mites in these spider mite hotspots will increase their efficacy as biocontrol agents, enhancing sustainability of spider mite management practices in strawberry.” -more-
James R. Carey Honored for Teaching, Receives Global RecognitionJames R. Carey, distinguished professor of entomology, is one of the award recipients in the 2018 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching Program, a global prize given every two years by Baylor University, Waco, Texas, to a professor demonstrating academic excellence.
Carey, described as “a truly outstanding teacher,” was named a semifinalist and received a $1000 honorarium. Approximately 100 applicants began the initial process.
“Dr. James Carey epitomizes the scholar-teacher,” said Cherry Award committee member Kevin Dougherty, associate professor of sociology. “He is a prodigious author with multiple books and hundreds of research articles. Millions of dollars in grants have funded his research. Yet, Dr. Carey has done more than produce knowledge. He is an innovative, international leader in interdisciplinary teaching and learning. He is an entomologist who teaches courses on aging, crime, and war to classes ranging in size from 20 to 200 plus. Over a thousand instructional videos also feature Dr. Carey. Dr. James Carey is the type of exemplary scholar-teacher for which Baylor University's Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching exists.” -more-
Memorial Set June 7 for Larry GodfreyLarry Godfrey, a 26-year member of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology faculty, is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 7 in the Putah Creek Lodge, located off Garrod Drive, UC Davis campus.
Coordinating the memorial are his longtime friends and colleagues, Extension entomologist Frank Zalom, distinguished professor of entomology, and entomology project consultant Vonny Barlow, both of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. Barlow, the third graduate student in the Godfrey lab (1997) and who holds a doctorate (2006) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), is assembling a slide show.
The attendees will be invited to speak in celebration of his life. Light refreshments will be served.
Dr. Godfrey, who was widely known for his research on applied insect ecology and integrated pest management (IPM) strategies, died April 18, succumbing to a six-year battle with cancer. He was 60. -more-
Rice Farmers May Want to 'Bank on' This Research: Co-Author Christian Nansen
First-of-its-kind research, published in Scientific Reports of the journal Nature by a nine-member team, including UC Davis agricultural entomologist Christian Nansen, indicated that attracting alternative hosts to parasitoids of rice insect pests, can help protect a rice crop. The players: a grass species, a planthopper, and an egg parasitoid.
The field and laboratory work, done in China, targeted the brown planthopper, Nilaparvata lugens, or BPH, the economically most important rice pest in Asia. Results showed that BPH densities were “significantly lower in the rice fields with the banker plant system compared to control rice fields without banker plant system,” the scientists said. -more-
Hammock Lab Research: Potential to Block Cancer Growth and Target Other Diseases
Earlier research by the Judah Folkman laboratory of Harvard Medical School showed that cutting off blood vessels that feed a cancerous tumor can stop its growth.
The seven-member research team—five from the Bruce Hammock laboratory of UC Davis—“characterized a novel lipid signaling molecule that can change fundamental biological processes involved in our health and disease,” said lead author and researcher Amy Rand. “We've found that a novel product derived from the metabolism of omega-6 fatty acids stimulates angiogenesis, which may contribute to enhanced tumor growth by providing tumors with oxygen and nutrients.” -more-
UC Davis Entomology Ranked Among Best in the World: No. 7Times 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-
Jay Rosenheim to Address UC ANR Pesticide Workgroup on June 6
Jay Rosenheim, professor of entomology, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, will be among the speakers at a meeting on Tuesday, June 6 of the Pesticide Use Report (PUR) Analysis Workgroup, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The half-day meeting takes place in the UC ANR Building, 2801 2nd St., Davis, beginning at 8 a.m. with registration. Rosenheim will speak at 10:45 a.m. on "Using Farmer Data to Improve Pest Management in California Citrus." -more-
Christine Merlin Seminar on Monarch Butterflies on May 31
Joanna Chiu, associate professor and vice chair, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology.
See more information on Christine Merlin and her seminar on Bug Squad blog.
Here's the list of speakers for the department's spring quarter seminar series, as announced by coordinator Christian Nansen, assistant professor. All seminars are scheduled on Wednesdays through June 7 in 122 Briggs Hall from 4:10 to 5 p.m.
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|Christine Merlin Seminar on Monarchs||5/31/2017|
|Pesticide Use Report Analysis Group||6/6/2017|
|Memorial for Larry Godfrey||6/7/2017|
|Wei Lin Thesis Proposal||6/8/2017|
|Western Apicultural Society 40th Anniversary Conference||9/5/2017|
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