What's a Picnic Without Bugs?
What's a picnic without bugs?
Bugs at Briggs and the Bohart?
The UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology is gearing up for scores of insect-related activities at Briggs Hall and the Bohart Museum of Entomology for the 104th annual campuswide UC Davis Picnic Day. on Saturday, April 21.
At Briggs Hall, located off Kleiber Hall Drive, activities will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 or 5 p.m. At the Bohart Museum of Entomology, located in Room 1124 of the Academic Surge Building on Crocker Lane, the open house is from 10 to 3 p.m.
Coordinating the event at Briggs Hall are forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey and doctoral student Brendon Boudinot of the Phil Ward lab and the Entomology Graduate Students' Association. Heading the activities at the Bohart Museum are director Lynn Kimsey, professor of entomology, and Tabatha Yang, education and outreach coordinator.
"Entomology at UC Davis" (122 Briggs) has been nominated for a special campus award under the category "At One With Nature." The Honey Tasting booth at Briggs has been nominated for a similar award under the category, “Hunger Fix.” Winners of the categories are determined by an Internet vote. (Access the link here to vote from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. for your favorite exhibits on Picnic Day). The winners will be publicized on the Picnic Day website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat accounts after Picnic Day.
The UC Davis Entomology Club, advised by forensic entomology Robert Kimsey, will enter a 40-foot black widow spider float in the Picnic Day Parade, which gets underway Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with an opening ceremony by the grandstands on North Quad Ave., across from Wickson Hall. The parade starts at 10 a.m. Last year the spider float won the "Best Organization" award in the parade. -more-
Congratulations, EGSA T-Shirt Winners
Hymenoptera, the order that includes bees and ants, dominated the winners' circle of the UC Davis Entomology Graduate Students' Association's t-shirt contest.
Doctoral candidate and nematologist Corwin Parker of the Steve Nadler lab won the Picnic Day design with his illustration of a bee barbecuing.
Diane Ullman: 'Winds of Change: Bridging Art and Science'
Diane Ullman of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology will speak on “Winds of Change: Bridging Art and Science” at a seminar hosted by the UC Davis Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology on Wednesday, April 25 in Meyer Hall.
The seminar will take place from 3:45 to 5 p.m. in the Foster Room, Room 1138.
Ullman, co-founder and co-director of the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program, will describe the building blocks, innovations and outcomes of the program that she and nationally known ceramicist Donna Billick of Davis formed in 2006.
Ullman and Billick created the art/science fusion concept in 1997 with an undergraduate course, “Art, Science and the World of Insects,” that became the centerpiece and inspiration for the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program. -more-
Derrick Nguyen's Journal Article: Insects 'Living on the Edge'
Aerosmith sang about “Livin' on the Edge,” but many species of insects show a definite preference for living on the edges of fields and orchards, and this phenomenon can lead to more accurate monitoring and better pest management tactics, according to a UC Davis student's review published in the journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development.
Hoang Danh “Derrick” Nguyen, who is studying for his master's degree in entomology with major professor and agricultural entomologist Christian Nansen of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, says that many species of insect pests, pollinators and natural enemies show distinct preferences for environmental edges, as they transition from one habitat to another.
“Characterization of insect pests' spatial distribution patterns can be used to guide and optimize precision pest management,” concluded Nguyen, the lead author, and Nansen, co-author and associate professor.
The paper, titled “Edge-Biased Distributions of Insects: A Review,” indicates that “the prevalence of such edge-biased distributions has considerable implications for how to sample and monitor insects, and it also suggests that in many cases pest management tactics, such as, releases of natural enemies or insecticide applications can be spatially targeted to field edges.” -more-
Trevor Fowles Receives EPA Grant: His Mealworms Never Miss a Meal
Fowles, a second-year doctoral student in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, just received a $15,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency for his research on “Beetle Larvae as Biodegraders of Styrofoam and Organic Waste” and now has an opportunity to score a $75,000 grant.
Meanwhile, his 100,000 mealworms in the Briggs Hall lab of his major professor Christian Nansen, are munching away in a project that Fowles hopes will make a difference in breaking down styrofoam--especially a problem in the nation’s landfills--and offer sustainable environmental solutions.
The larvae of the darkling beetle larvae, Tenebrio molitor, eat polystyrene or plastic foam, commonly known as styrofoam, a fact first revealed in 2015 by Stanford University researchers.
“It’s about insects processing waste,” Fowles said of his research. “In three weeks they ate three-fourths of a pound of styrofoam, converting it into biodegradable waste.” -more-
Want to Become a California Beekeeper? Applications OpenCalifornia Master Beekeeper Program (CAMBP) is all the buzz.
Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño, director of the program, introduced the 40 new apprentice-level graduates, Class of 2017, at the fourth annual UC Davis Bee Symposium, held recently in the UC Davis Conference Center. The 40 Master Beekeepers join the 56 members of the Class of 2016.
The program uses science-based information to educate stewards and ambassadors for honey bees and beekeeping. Members of the program serve as knowledgeable ambassadors who disseminate science-based information about the importance of honey bees, preserving bee health, and responsible beekeeping.
Registration is now underway for the Class of 2018. -more-
Enroll in a UC Davis Beekeeping Course
Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño and her lab have announced a series of short courses for the new year. All take place at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis campus. The courses began Saturday, March 24, with the last course set for June 16.
The remaining courses:
- Queen-Rearing Techniques Short Course: Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22 course; Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29 course
- Bee-Breeding Basics: Saturday, June 9
- Varroa Management Strategies: Saturday, June 16
Listen to Kent Daane Seminar on Spotted Wing Drosophila
If you missed the seminar by UC Cooperative Extension specialist Kent Daane on "Classical Bio-Control of the Spotted Wing Drosophila: Collecting and Processing Parasitoids Through the Quarantine Process," held April 18, you can view it here:https://youtu.be/KVTGmDo2LLQ
This was recorded by George Terry of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology.
Matt Forister Seminar on Host Range Evolution
Forister is a former graduate student of Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of evolution and ecology. He received his doctorate in ecology in 2004. "Host range dynamics are central to issues that include diversification, specialization and persistence of populations in the Anthropence," he writes in his abstract. "Outstanding questions in this area include the relative importance of different host traits in the colonization process, as well as the underlying genetic architecture associated with the use of alternative host plants. I will cover our attempts to understand the colonization of alfalfa by a focal butterfly (the Melissa blue) as well as other arthropods and microbes. Results will include a detailed look at genetic architecture in the Melissa blue as well as ongoing work on alfalfa phytochemistry to understand how the plant manages host-associated communities."
Coordinating the seminars are assistant professor Rachel Vannette; doctoral candidate Brendon Boudinot of the Phil Ward lab; and Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño.
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
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- UC Davis Entomology Seminars Posted on UCTV
- Order a EGSA T-Shirt!
- Migrant Education Program Visited Students 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
|Art Exhibit: It's Bugged: Insects' Role in Design||1/8/2018|
|UC Davis Picnic Day||4/21/2018|
|Diane Ullman Seminar: Art/Science||4/25/2018|
|Second Annual California Honey Festival||5/5/2018|
|Storer Lecture: Jill Banfield||5/7/2018|
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)