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Pine Tree Pests

Round swellings on pine terminals infected by western gall rust. (Arthur H. McCain)

This time of year, deciduous trees go dormant, and evergreen trees such as pine are more visible in the landscape. Pine trees, like other plants, can suffer from attack by pests, whether on your property or in our forested areas in California. Pine...

Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 1:29 PM
Tags: diseases (3), drought (2), environmental disorders (1), insects (47), mortality (1), pests (7), pine (1), tree (1), UC IPM (8)

UC Davis Lecture by Science Journalist Richard Harris: Why You Shouldn't Miss This

"Biomedical science was not always the hypercompetitive rat race that is has become in recent years. Consider the story of Charles Darwin, as he developed his theory of evolution through natural selection. That discovery became the organizing principle...

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 3:55 PM

Fall Lawn Quiz

Mowing lawn using electric mulching mower. (C.A. Reynolds)

Not everyone has a lawn, but if you do, fall is the perfect time to give your lawn some much-needed attention. To find out if you are maintaining your lawn properly, answer the following questions: Is your irrigation system set to water deeply and...

Posted on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 10:48 AM
Tags: aerate (2), diseases (3), fall lawn care (1), fertilize (1), grasscycle (1), insects (47), thatch (2), UC IPM (8), weeds (4)

Make Mine the Monarch

A longhorn bee, probably a Melissodes agilis, targets a monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, nectaring on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The National Geographic just ran a piece titled "Without Bugs, We Might All Be Dead." "There are 1.4 billion insects for each one of us," wrote Simon Worrall in reviewing the book, Bugged: The Insects Who Rule and the World and the People Obsessed with...

Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 6:07 PM

Beneficial Predators Fight Garden Pests

Lady beetle life cycle (clockwise) eggs, larva, pupa, adult.

You're probably familiar with lady beetles (aka lady bugs), common beneficial insect predators that prey on aphids and other soft-bodied insects. However, lady beetles are not the only beneficial predators that can be found in your garden and...

Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 9:06 PM
Tags: aphids (2), assassin (1), beneficial predators (1), garden (3), insects (47), landscape (4), pesticides (1), pirate (1), predaceous ground beetle (1), spiders (5), UC IPM (8), wasp (1)

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