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Bee mite arrival in Hawaii causes pathogen changes in honeybee predators

The reddish-brown varroa mite, a parasite of honeybees and accidentally introduced in the Big Island of Hawaii in 2007-08, is about the size of a pinhead. Yet, its effects there are concerning to entomologists because the mite is found nearly everywhere honeybees are present. A team led by entomologists at the University of California, Riverside...
By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Researchers identify new approach for controlling dengue fever and Zika virus

Mosquitoes are the world’s deadliest animals, killing thousands of people and causing millions of illnesses each year. To be able to reproduce and become effective disease carriers, mosquitoes must first attain optimal body size and nutritional status. A pair of researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have succeeded in using CRISPR-Cas9, a powerful tool...
By Iqbal Pittalwala |

ESA Recognizes Professor for Interactive Approach to Teaching

William Walton, a professor of eantomology, has received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching from the Entomological Society of America (ESA). The award is presented annually to the member of the Society deemed to be the most outstanding teacher of the year. Walton, who has been on the UCR faculty since 1995, teaches insect ecology...
By Sarah Nightingale |

Researchers to Target Mosquito Egg Production to Curtail Disease

Five-year grant to UC Riverside entomologists will support the ongoing study
By Igbal Pittalwala |

UCR Scientist Rediscovers Insect Lost For 105 Years

Entomology Museum volunteers rediscovered a beetle that hadn’t been sighted for more than a century.
By Sarah Nightingale |

UCR Researchers Receive Grant to Improve Pollinator Health

Entomology researchers, Ponisio, McFrederick and Woodard receive grant from Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research to improve pollinator health.
By Sarah Nightingale |

Invasive Weevil: Tiny insect poses huge threat to San Diego Palm Trees

Director of Center for Invasive Species Research Mark Hoddle warns of the threat weevils pose to San Diego palm trees
By Abbie Alford, Reporter |

Researchers Receive $1M for Project Challenging Long-Standing Paradigm in Endocrinology

W.M. Keck foundation awards $1 million in support of Drs. Yamanaka, Haga-Yamanaka, and Sladek research aimed at showing membrane transporters guide flow of steroid hormones into cells.
By Igbal Pittalwala |

For Global Invasion, Argentine Ants Use Chemical Weapons

Dr. Choe's lab new findings on how Argentine ants use chemical secretions as weapons could help in the development of new pest control strategies.
By Sarah Nightingale |

Beware the "Dark Side" of Light Traps

Entomologists warn fellow peers about the negative aspects of light traps.
By Edward Ricciuti |

California Academy of Sciences Welcomes New Fellows, Bestows Annual Awards

The California Academy of Sciences announces that Ring Carde has been inducted in the Academy Fellows for having made notable contributions to the natural sciences.
By Haley Bowling, Katie Jewett |

UCR, UC Davis Center to Fight Vector-Borne Diseases

The U.S Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention awards an $8 million grant to UC Riverside and UC Davis to launch the Pacific Southwest Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases.
By J.D. Warren |

Decoding Chemical Communications to Control Insects

Dr. Jocelyn Millar's research on pest chemical communication was featured in the newsletter for The Western Integrated Pest Management Center.

Don't look now, but a host of world-class entomologists are in your back yard

You do not have to look far in order to find a world-class Entomologist. University of California Riverside's entomology program is ranked number two in the world, according to the Center for World University Rankings, and has a team of experts who seek to understand and find ways to prevent insects from obstructing our daily...
By Nicole Miller-Coleman |

UC Riverside-led Team Wins $14.9 Million DARPA Grant to Battle Disease-carrying Mosquitoes

The UC Riverside-led DARPA Team, led by Omar Akbari, won the $14.9 Million DARPA grant to battle disease-carrying mosquitos.

Red Palm Weevils Wreak Havoc On Palm Plantations Across the Globe

The red palm is a global menace threatening the sustainability of date farming and the existence of ornamental palm trees, like the iconic Canary Island date palm that characterizes many famous localities (e.g., Cannes in France and Carthage in Tunisia). National Public Radio's (NPR) Maanvi Singh discusses the red palm weevil invasion with Mark Hoddle.
By Maanvi Singh |

A Real Alien Invasion Is Coming to a Palm Tree Near You

The South American palm weevil is well established in San Diego county where is it responsible for killing hundreds of ornamental Canary Island date palms ( these are palms that have the sub-apical region pruned to look like pineapple). Mark Hoddle worked with Elliott Kennerson and Josh Cassidy with the science show "Deep Look" produced...
By Elliot Kennerson |

Entomologist Named a Pew Scholar

Dr. Naoki Yamanaka has become the first person at UC Riverside to be named a Pew Scholar in the biomedical sciences. The Pew Charitable Trust has awarded him four years of flexible funding to pursue foundational research.
By Iqbal Pittalwala |

A Date Crisis With an Evil Weevil

Palm weevils are a global menace to date and ornamental palm producers around the world. In this clip, Simon Morton, host of "This Way Up" on Radio New Zealand, interviews Mark Hoddle about this problem and his recent trip to Tunisia at the invitation of the US State Department and US Embassy to assist with...
By This Way Up |

Researchers Create Red-eyed Mutant Wasps

Dr. Omar Akbari's lab has found a way to create red-eyed mutant wasps by using CRISPR gene-slicing technology. Through this discovery, the Akbari lab would like to get a better understanding of wasp genetics and other insects in order to find a way to control insects who destroy crops or spread diseases.
By Sean Nealon |