The yellowjacket image we used for a recent publication is selected as the cover photo for August 2018 issue of Journal of Economic Entomology.
(D.-H. Choe, K. Campbell, M. S. Hoddle, J. Kabashima, M. Dimson, and M. K. Rust. 2018. Evaluation of a hydrogel matrix for baiting western yellowjacket (Vespidae: Hymenoptera).J. Econ. Entomol. 111: 1799–1805. https://doi.org/10.1093/jee/toy139)
Some good news to share!
Principal investigator in Choe Laboratory, Choe, is now promoted to Associate Cooperative Extension Specialist / Associate Professor in Urban Entomology.
Working hard and being focused is one thing, but this achievement would not be possible without all of supporters' help and encouragements (e.g., staff, students, faculty / academic mentors, co-workers, collaborators, etc.) over the last few years.
Thank you all!!
Our yellowjacket baiting study has been recently published in Journal of Economic Entomology.
Some pictures from 27th UCR Urban Pest Management Conference (March 21, 2018).
27th Annual UCR Urban Pest Management Conference was held at UCR Extension Center on March 21, 2018.
There were about 200 attendees from urban / structural pest management industry and other related parties, several industry sponsors, and 13 speakers from university labs, UC ANR, industry, government agencies. We think the conference was a big success.
This one-day conference has been UCR urban entomology program's one of the most important outreach events for professionals in the pest control management industry and the public interested in these questions. For more information, visit the following website.
One of dissertation chapters of Kevin Welzel (former PhD student in Choe Laboratory) is now officially published.
Check out following news article to learn more about the research.
For Global Invasion, Argentine Ants Use Chemical Weapons
Compounds produced by Argentine ants are used to recruit nestmates and incapacitate opponents
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — From their native home on the banks of South America's Paraná River, Argentine ants have conquered six continents and many oceanic islands. Their success is explained by several factors: they have more than one queen per colony, making them difficult to eradicate, and they adapt to changes in their environments by living transiently rather than building permanent nests.
Argentine ants are also highly aggressive, out-competing existing ant species for food and other resources. In a paper published today in Scientific Reports, researchers at the University of California, Riverside show how Argentine ants use chemical secretions as weapons in their interactions with harvester ants, which are native to California. The findings could help in the development of new pest control strategies.
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