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Bruce Hammock Receives International Award for Research on Controlling Control Acute and Neuropathic Pain

Distinguished professor Bruce Hammock of UC Davis delivering his plenary seminar on

On the path to pain, a little pleasure can unfold. UC Davis distinguished professor Bruce Hammock, who researches how to control acute and neuropathic pain, recently received an “outstanding achievement” award from the Eicosanoid Research...

I'm Just a Little Ol' Honey Bee Foraging on Lavender

Peek-a-bee! Hi, it's just me, a honey bee foraging on lavender in mid-December in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

I'm just a little ol' honey bee foraging on lavender. I left my warm colony in Vacaville, Calif. to see if there's any nectar out there. My sisters are hungry. I'm not sure if we have enough honey to tide us over until spring. Look, here's some...

Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 4:42 PM
Tags: colony (2), foraging (1), honey bee (191), lavender (27)

A 'Firecracker of a Surprise' in Davis: Who Knew?

These are the caterpillars (larvae) of the Buckeye butterfly, Junonia coenia, that Ria de Grassi noticed on her firecracker plant. (Photo by Ria de Grassi)

When plant and insect enthusiast Ria de Grassi discovered caterpillars on her firecracker plant, Russelia equisetiformis, last July 10 in her yard in Davis, Calif., she asked noted butterfly authority Art Shapiro, UC Davis distinguished professor of...

Ground-Breaking Discovery Made in Preventing Devastating Citrus Disease

UC Davis chemical ecolologist Walter Leal. (Kathy Keatley Garvey)

In a ground-breaking discovery encompassing six years of research, an international team of scientists led by UC Davis chemical ecologist Walter Leal announced they've identified the sex pheromone of the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), an insect that feeds...

Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 1:20 PM

Want to Learn How to Care for Bees? UC Davis Offering Courses

Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño conducts a beekeeping course. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Want to bee-come a beekeeper and learn the ABC's of taking care of colonies? Think "A" for apiary; "B" for bees; and "C" for colonies. Here's how to join the ranks of California's estimated 11,000 backyard and small-scale beekeepers. Or, if you're...

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