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 |

UC Riverside Entomology Department No. 2 in the World

UC Riverside Entomology Department No. 2 in the World - Center for World University Rankings places department second in the world based on research articles in top journals.
By Sean Nealon |

Researchers Aim to Disrupt Egg Production in Dengue- and Zika- spreading Mosquito

Alexander Raikhel co-led research team to disrupt egg production in Dengue- and Zika-spreading mosquito in UCR Today
By Iqbal Pittalwala |

No, That's Not a Brown Recluse Spider Bite

Rick Vetter, University of California, Riverside spider expert, co-authored paper outlining expressions of skin conditions often misdiagnosed as brown recluse bites
By Sean Nealon |

Professor of Entomology Alec Gerry Receives Award for Research Project

Alec Gerry receives $15,000 award for USDA multi-state research project.

Vine Removal Key to Effective Disease Control

Pierce's disease continues to trouble California grape growers. Several sharpshooter vectors are known to spread the disease. Vine removal is key part of overall management strategy. Given what researchers know about Pierce’s disease (PD) they continue to chase clearer answers into cause and effect of the bacterial disease. Matt Daugherty, Cooperative Extension specialist in the...
By Todd Fitchette 2 |

Iconic SoCal palm trees in peril as weevils take hold

The South American palm weevil has made its way up to Southern California and that's a big problem. According to Mark Hoddle, an entomologist at UC Riverside and the director of the Center for Invasive Species Research, they spread efficiently, are difficult to catch and they destroy palm trees from the inside out. All of...

California Today: An Invasive Beetle Threatens State's Southern Palm Trees

Good morning. (Want to get California Today by email? Sign up .) South American palm weevils, the button-size beetles, have breached the Southern California border, and they’re hungry. That spells trouble for their favorite meal, the Canary Island date palms that have been one of the region’s most enduring symbols. The weevil larvae feast on...
By Mike McPhate |

Biocontrol: Fighting Invasives with...Invasives

We kick off the second season of NHPR's newest show, Outside/In, with a discussion of biological control: using non-native species to combat destructive invasive pests and plants that are decimating a local species. It's the focus of the Outside/In episode titled "Never Bring a Sledgehammer to a Scalpel Fight." This approach to managing invasive species,...

Carde Receives Certificate of Distinction at XXV Congress of Entomology

Ring Cardé, a distinguished professor of entomology and the Alfred M. Boyce chair in Entomology, was one of three scientists who received a Certificate of Distinction for Outstanding Achievements at the XXV Congress of Entomology the last week of September in Orlando. At the event, he delivered a lecture called “Finding source of wind-borne odor...

6 Scientists, 1,000 Miles, 1 Prize: The Arctic Bumblebee

DALTON HIGHWAY, Alaska — “To bees , time is honey. ” — Bernd Heinrich, “ Bumblebee Economics ” One hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle, by the side of a dusty road, two women in anti-mosquito head nets peer at a queen bumblebee buzzing furiously in a plastic tube. “I think it’s the biggest...

All Ants On Deck

A team of scientists has found that a species of ant that clusters together to form rafts to survive floods exhibits memory and repeatedly occupies the same position during raft formation, according to a just published paper. The research shows that, like humans, ants work together to enhance their response to emergency situations with different...
By Sean Nealon, UC Riverside |

Engineered Gene Drives and the Future

Entomologists review pros, cons and regulatory issues surrounding new technology that could help halt the spread of diseases such as Zika virus, dengue fever and malaria RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( www.ucr.edu ) — Engineered gene drives, which have the potential to spread desirable genes throughout wild populations or to suppress harmful species, have received a lot...
By Sean Nealon |

Entomology Professor Receives National Teaching Award

Timothy Paine received the award for his innovative teaching methods and service to students RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( www.ucr.edu ) — A University of California, Riverside professor of entomology has received an award for innovative teaching methods and service to students from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), U.S. Department of Agriculture and the...
By Sean Nealon |

Managed Bees Spread and Intensify Diseases in Wild Bees

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – For various reasons, wild pollinators are in decline across many parts of the world. To combat this, managed honey bees and bumblebees are frequently shipped in to provide valuable pollination services to crops. But does this practice pose any risk to the wild bees? An entomologist at the University of California, Riverside...
By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Researchers Identify New Route for Release of Steroid Hormones

Conventional “free diffusion” model of steroid hormone release should be revisited, notes UC Riverside-led study; research could have health and agricultural benefits RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Steroid hormones – hormones such as testosterone and estradiol – control various aspects of animal biology and are crucial for the proper functioning of the body. Produced and secreted by...
By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Oil-Based Pesticides Most Effective at Killing Contents of Brown Widow Spider Egg Sacs

By Richard Levine, Entomological Society of America RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Researchers at the University of California, Riverside might have found a breakthrough in the spider-control field. In a paper published in the Journal of Economic Entomology the researchers wrote that oil-based pesticides are more effective than water-based pesticides at killing the contents of brown widow...
By Iqbal Pittalwala |

Study Spells Out Why Some Insects Kill Their Mothers

By eliminating the queen, a matricidal worker frees the way for workers to lay male eggs, explains UC Riverside’s Kevin Loope RIVERSIDE, Calif. – One day a few years ago, while working on wasps in a rainforest in Costa Rica, entomologist Kevin J. Loope, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Riverside, began reading...
By Iqbal Pittalwala |