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Posts Tagged: Rachel Vannette

Intriguing Topic: Social Evolution in Social Insects

A close encounter between a honey bee and a velvety tree ant (Liometopum occidentale) on a lavender blossom; both are social insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Intriguing topic: social evolution in social insects... The UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology has booked associate professor of biology Tim Linksvayer of the University of Pennsylvania for a seminar on “Genomic Signatures of...

Posted on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 5:37 PM

What Attracts Bees to Blossoms? A Surprising Discovery by UC Davis Ecologist Rachel Vannette

A honey bee heads toward a lupine blossom. It's not just the nectar she's scented. UC Davis community ecologist Rachel Vannette has just published a paper in New Phytologist journal that shows nectar-living microbes release scents or volatile compounds, too, and can influence a pollinator's foraging preference. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You're watching honey bees foraging in a field.  They buzz toward a blossom, sip nectar, and then head for another blossom. Typical, right? But there's much more going on than you think. It's not just the nectar that she's scented. UC Davis...

Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Surprising Research Results: What the Microbes in Nectar Revealed

Researchers studied the microbes in the nectar of the sticky monkeyflower, Mimulus auranticus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's surprising what the microbes in nectar can reveal. Take the nectar of the sticky monkeyflower, Mimulus auranticus. UC Davis community ecologist Rachel Vannette and colleague Tadashi Fukami of Stanford University decided to examine microbial...

Posted on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 5:03 PM

Not Too Late for a Date with the Bee Experts

A honey bee foraging on a blanket flower, Gaillardia. (Photo by  Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you haven't registered yet for the second annual UC Davis Bee Symposium: Keeping Bees Healthy, a daylong event focusing on bee health and best management practices, there's still time. The event, open to the public, is set from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m....

 
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