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Entomologists profiled in LA Times

Reporter Amina Khan with the LA Times profiled husband-and-wife entomologist team Christina and Mark Hoddle of UC Riverside (Mark is also a UC Cooperative Extension entomology specialist). The pair travel the world seeking parasitoids that can serve as biological control to invasive California pests and then test the results at the Center for Invasive Species Research at UC Riverside. "Bugs don't take weekends," Christina Hoddle told the reporter, "so neither do we."

Weed threatens rice-growing areas
Heather Hacking, Chico Enterprise Record

Flowers of the winged primrose willow, a new pest for Calfiornia rice fields, have four petals. Photo from UC Rice Blog.
A new-to-California weed has been found in rice fields near Richvale. The first identification of the winged primrose willow west of Texas was made after a farmer brought a sample to the UC Cooperative Extension office in Butte County and to the California Rice Experiment Station. The reporter spoke to Cass Mutters, UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor, who is encouraging rice growers to call for assistance if they find the weed, in efforts to arrest its spread. "We have a really small window of time," Mutters told the reporter. "It will require vigilance."

Photos and more details about the weed are also available from Luis Espino on the UC Rice Blog.

Autumn is for Apples: An Interview With Carol Fall
Jennifer Jewell, aNewsCafe.com

As apple season approaches, this article examines the Trinity Heritage Orchard Project through an interview of Carol Fall, program representative for UC Cooperative Extension Trinity County. The project has identified and mapped century-old apple trees from Gold Rush-era homesteads that are now on public lands and available for gleaning. Fall also evaluates how fruits of these heirloom varieties are best picked and used—whether for baking, cider-making, eating fresh or storing for winter months—and takes cuttings from the most significant varieties to plant elsewhere in the community. The article says Fall will provide apple samples Oct. 8 at Weaverville's annual Salmon Festival.

Posted on Monday, September 26, 2011 at 11:54 AM
Tags: apples (1), Carol Fall (1), Cass Mutters (7), entomology (3), Mark Hoddle (21), orchards (1), rice (11), Trinity County (1), UC Riverside (5), weeds (7)

Cyber Monday a good deal for UC ANR

Welcome to Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, which got its name from the popularity of online purchasing the first work day since the busy Christmas season began. According to Wikipedia, the prevalence of high-speed Internet in homes is diluting the shopping strength of Cyber Monday, so it may just become a day to honor the contributions of the Internet to American life.

Along those lines, I'll use Cyber Monday to bring you the latest cyber news coverage of UC ANR.

The Marin Independent Journal, reporting on the local olive harvest, quoted UCCE farm advisor Paul Vossen.

"Olives are a small-margin crop," he was quoted. "The yields are fairly low, and it's difficult and expensive to harvest - so when you do, you create a product that is quite costly to produce. But compared to common olive oils on your supermarket shelf, almost all California olive oil is going to be fresher and better-tasting."

The Orange County Register ran a story about a firefighter's new invention, a vent cover that blocks burning embers from entering but still allows air flow in attic spaces. UCCE wood durability advisor Stephen Quarles contributed to the story.

"Embers are so small and produced in such quantity it's like a snow storm pushed through vents into attic spaces where they ignite sawdust, paper-faced insulation. I've even seen birds' nests in attics," Quarles was quoted.

Smithsonian.com covered the Linnaean games, an insect trivia competition held at the Entomological Society's meeting in Reno last month. The games, named for 18th century "father of bionomial nomenclature" Carl Linnaeus, is serious business for entomological grad students. This year, a UC Riverside team took home the crown.

According to UC Davis Entomology Department public information rep Kathy Keatley Garvey, who attended the conference, this is the first time since at least 2002 that a UC team has won.

Bay Area news radio KCBS ran a story about Colony Collapse Disorder of honey bees featuring UC Davis bee specialist Eric Mussen. He said California’s bee keepers are hoping for a wet winter. More rain means more flowers and plants which provide more food for the bees.

“If they’ve got abundant food they can build up their largest populations. They’re the most robust, strongest bees you can get and therefore they’re more likely to repel some of these disease we think are a problem [for bees]," Mussen is quoted on the radio station's Web site.

The Desert Sun reported that UCCE Riverside County farm advisor Jose Luis Aguiar has been selected to participate in the California Agricultural Leadership Program.

Posted on Monday, December 1, 2008 at 10:48 AM
Tags: bees (24), entomology (3), olive oil (13), wildfire (88)

Groundbreaking research results to be released Monday

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences will publish a research report next week with "groundbreaking" news, according to Kathy Keatley Garvey, communications specialist in the UC Davis Department of Entomology.

Garvey has a news release about the research ready, but it is embargoed until 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18. "Embargoed" is media-lingo for "top secret."

According to Garvey, the research report, written by entomologist Walter Leal, will, "without a doubt," receive international coverage. It affects some 200 million people, and, in the words of a Michigan entomologist, “corrects long-standing erroneous dogma,” Garvey says.

I'll post a link to the story here on the ANR News Blog on Monday at precisely 2 p.m.

Posted on Friday, August 15, 2008 at 1:54 PM
Tags: entomology (3)
 
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