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Kathy Keatley Garvey

UCD prof: Plants can eavesdrop, sense danger in their environment

If you’ve been talking to your plants for years, you’re not alone. But know this: Plants can communicate, too. They eavesdrop, sense danger in the environment and can distinguish friend from foe. A plant under a predatory attack will emit volatile chemical cues, enabling its neighboring plants to adjust their defenses to better protect themselves. […]

Learn to be a beekeeper at UC Davis short course

So you want to be a beekeeper, but you don’t know where to begin. You’re in luck. Bee experts at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis are planning two short courses on Sept. 13 and 20. This will be their inaugural “Planning Ahead for Your First Hives,” taught by […]

Bohart Museum will host ‘Moth Night’ program

Moths, considered among the most diverse and successful organisms on Earth, will be featured at the Bohart Museum of Entomology’s first-ever evening open house on Saturday, July 18. The special activity, “Moth Night,” will take place from 8 to 11 p.m. at 1124 Academic Surge on Crocker Lane on the UC Davis campus. Free and […]

UCD researchers find key mechanism that causes neuropathic pain

Scientists at UC Davis have identified a key mechanism in neuropathic pain. The discovery eventually could benefit millions of patients with chronic pain from trauma, diabetes, shingles, multiple sclerosis or other conditions that cause nerve damage. A biological process called endoplasmic reticulum stress, or ER stress, is the significant driver of neuropathic pain, said lead […]

UCD LASER event fuses art, science

Four speakers who fuse art with science — two scientists from the University of California and two artists from the Bay Area — will discuss their work at the UC Davis Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) event. It is set for Thursday, June 4, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Room 242 of Asmundson Hall on […]

June 03, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UC Davis makes a buzz in National Geographic

Honeybee expertise at UC Davis figured prominently in a piece, “Quest for a Superbee,” published in the May edition of National Geographic. Staff research associate/beekeeper Billy Synk worked with and assisted photographer Anand Varma’s needs for a year in the development of the illustrated article. Extension apiculturist emeritus Eric Mussen, who retired last June after 38 years […]

May 19, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Name that bug! Bohart welcomes visitors Sunday

How do insects get their names? What process is involved? Find out at the Bohart Museum of Entomology’s open house from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 17, in Room 1124 of the Academic Surge Building on Crocker Lane on the UC Davis campus. The theme is “Name That Bug! How About Bob?” Scientists at […]

May 15, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Out of Africa and back to Davis: James Carey will give special presentation

Visting Namibia, one of the least densely populated countries in the world, should be on everyone’s bucket list, says Distinguished Professor James R. Carey of the UC Davis department of entomology and nematology. Carey will give a presentation titled “African Odyssey: A Natural History and Cultural Journey Through Uganda, Namibia and Kenya” on Wednesday, May […]

May 03, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD celebrates bee garden’s five years

Beekeeping demonstrations and garden tours are planned Saturday at the fifth anniversary of the UC Davis department of entomology and nematology’s bee garden. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, a half-acre bee garden on Bee Biology Road next to the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey […]

May 01, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD study: Crickets not enough to feed the world just yet

Crickets aren’t all they’re cracked up to be as an alternative, global source of protein in the human diet to supplement or replace livestock consumption, according to newly published research at UC Davis. Worldwide, statistics show that crickets are the most widely cultivated insects for the human diet and are considered the “gateway bug” for […]

April 17, 2015 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Bring on the bugs! (at Picnic Day)

A picnic without bugs just isn’t a picnic. Ask any entomologist. When the 100th Picnic Day takes place at UC Davis on Saturday, visitors will see plenty of insects and other arthropods from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at two sites: Briggs Hall on Kleiber Hall Drive and the Bohart Museum of Entomology on Crocker […]

April 15, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Art, science topics explored at LASER

Those attending the UC Davis LASER (Leonardo Art Science Eventing Rendezvous) on Thursday, April 9, will learn about angels, tree disease, kinetic sculpture and a fluorescent bunny. The event, free and open to the public, is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Room 3001 of the Plant and Environmental Sciences Building on the UCD campus. LASER […]

April 02, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,
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