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Why a Population of 'Bears' May Predict White House Occupancy

A hungry woolly bear caterpillar, the immature form of the Ranchman's Tiger Moth, Platyprepia virginalis. This photo was taken in April 2011 in the Bodega Marine Reserve. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Forget the polls that claim to know who will win the U.S. Presidency. Let's hear it from the insects, namely the woolly bear caterpillars that populate the cliffs of Bodega Bay. They may know. A UC Davis ecologist and his lab who study woolly bear...

Dixon May Fair 'Buzzing with Excitement'

Chris Conklin, standing on a ladder in Madden Hall, looks at an image of honey bees pollinating almonds. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Forget about the birds and the bees. Just think about the bees. The 141st annual Dixon May Fair, California's oldest fair, is "Buzzing with Excitement," and that's the theme of the fair, which opens Thursday, May 5 for a four-day run. Fairgoers will...

Breaking bindweed: Could sub-surface applications of trifluralin play a role in weed management in processing tomatoes?

Bindweed cover at 4 weeks after treatment

Introduction: Processing tomato production in California has changed, dramatically, over the last half-century. Improved cultivars, conversion from seeded to transplanted production, commercialization of the mechanical harvester, and the steady adoption...

Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 10:00 AM

The Day the First Bumble Bee Arrived

Yellow-faced bumble bee (Bombus vosnesenskii), foraging on verbena. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When the monarchs return to southern California and central Mexico to overwinter, the residents rejoice. When the bumble bees emerge from their nests in the spring, we, too, rejoice. They are like the swallows of Capistrano and the monarchs of Pacific...

Posted on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 5:08 PM

What junglerice (Echinochloa colona) genes can tell us about glyphosate resistance in California

Resistant junglerice growing in an almond orchard. Photo courtesy of Marcelo Moretti, UC Davis.

Each of us have the entire blueprint for our bodies contained in every cell, and the same is true of plants. This information is stored in the form of an extremely long molecule known as DNA (in human cells its length is ~6 feet). Studying and...

Posted on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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