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On the Trail of a Better Insect Repellent

Chemical ecologists

Researchers in the Walter Leal lab, UC Davis Department of Entomology, are engaging in some exciting research. They just discovered a "generic insect repellent detector" in the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster)--research published today (March 16) in...

Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Not a Failure to Communicate

Mulberry Tree

The female silkworm moth releases a sex pheromone, bombykol, that's very enticing to the male. He can detect it from miles away. Now researchers in the UC Davis Department of Entomology have discovered that the fruit fly has a native odorant receptor...

Posted on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 6:03 PM

The SWAT Team

Walter Leal and Zain Syed

Chemical ecologist Walter Leal, professor and former chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology, and his postdoctoral researcher Zain Syed have done it again.In August of 2008, they discovered the secret mode of the insect repellent, DEET. In...

Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Mosquito Heaven

Zain Syed

Chemical ecologist Zain Syed of the Walter Leal lab, University of California, Davis, knows just where to find mosquitoes for his research. Rice fields. He's been collecting up to 3000 mosquitoes a night along the Yolo Causeway, located on Interstate...

Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 6:21 PM
Tags: Culex (1), mosquitoes (2), rice fields (1), Walter Leal (7), Yolo basin (1), Zain Syed (7)

Skeeter Season

Blood-Fed Mosquito

Camping season is upon us, and with it came the news of California's first confirmed human case of West Nile virus (WNV).The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) announced today that a 76-year-old man contracted WNV, but "he did...

Posted on Monday, July 27, 2009 at 6:32 PM

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