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The UC Davis Version of 'The Splash Brothers'

It was “fun in the sun” at the 13th annual Bruce Hammock Lab Water Balloon Battle. From left are Todd Harris and Sing Lee, assistant project scientists; graduate student Alifia Merchant who just received her master's degree in agriculture and environmental chemistry, and research scientist Christophe Morisseau, who coordinated the event. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What do UC Davis entomologists and other scientists do for fun and camaraderie after working hard 52 weeks of the year? Well, if you're Bruce Hammock, distinguished professor of entomology with a joint appointment with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer...

Posted on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 2:57 PM

Breaking News: Zika Virus Found in Wild-Caught Culex

Culex quinquefasciatus, the southern house mosquito,is known for transmitting the West Nile virus, but now the Zika virus has been detected in wild-caught C. quinquefasciatus in Recife, Brazil, the epicenter of the Zika epidemic. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The news is out.  It's what they've been searching for. In a groundbreaking discovery, a scientific team of Brazilians and Brazilian-born chemical ecologist Walter Leal of the University of California, Davis, has announced that the Zika virus has...

Posted on Friday, July 22, 2016 at 2:26 PM

From Venomous Scorpions to Neuropathic Pain Research

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Fascinating stories in the scientific world... Have you heard about the entomologist who went from researching venomous scorpions to alleviating human neuropathic pain? That would be Bora Inceoglu, who holds a doctorate in entomology from the...

Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 1:11 PM

Hold That Tiger!

The Western tiger swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) approaches a plumbago in the Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

When you're chasing a tiger, you don't have to worry about the fangs or the claws. No worries about this tiger. This tiger has wings. If you head over to the Storer Garden at the UC Davis Arboretum, you'll see plenty of tigers, Western tiger...

Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 1:49 PM

Seeing Spots All Day

A female whitetail, Plathemis lydia, claims a bamboo stake. This dragonfly is often mistaken for a twelve-spotted dragonfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"You can hawk and perch in our yard all day if you want," I told her. And she did.  A spotted dragonfly chose a spot in our pollinator garden--a bamboo stake overlooking a patch of Verbena and African blue basil--and she stayed most of the...

Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 6:43 PM

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