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Fruit Flies Raised in Space by UC Davis Researcher Show Weakened Immunity

December 14, 2018
Deborah Kimbrell is one of first researchers to study innate immunity in fruit flies. This is one in a series of stories highlighting UC Davis’ role in space research as the country reaches the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Uncovering How Dengue, Zika Viruses Manipulate Hosts

December 13, 2018
A new, holistic approach to biology is giving researchers new insights into how the Dengue and Zika viruses attack their hosts and, in the case of Zika, affect brain development.

Rice Plants That Reproduce as Clones From Seed

December 12, 2018
Plant biologists at UC Davis have discovered a way to make crop plants replicate through seeds as clones. The long-sought discovery could make it easier to propagate high-yielding, disease-resistant or climate-tolerant crops and make them available to the world’s farmers.

The CAMPOS Mission Continues: Newly Inducted Scholars Add to Faculty Diversity

November 20, 2018
UC Davis is committed to CAMPOS: Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science. Campus leaders made that clear during the induction ceremony for the university’s newest CAMPOS Faculty Scholars, which included College of Biological Sciences faculty Wilsaan M. Joiner and James A. Letts.

Visualizing “Unfurling” Microtubule Growth

November 13, 2018
Microtubule fibers are hollow rods made of much smaller tubulin subunits that spontaneously assemble at one end of the rod, but exactly how they do this inside the crowded environment of living cells has been a mystery. UC Davis have uncovered the mechanism that puts these blocks in place, illustrated in a new animation.

Social Bee-stortion: Exploring Pesticide’s Effects on Pollinators

November 08, 2018
In a study appearing in Science, researchers show that the pesticide imidacloprid, which has been sold in the U.S. since 1994, disrupts bumblebee (Bombus impatiens) nest behavior, causing reduced growth in exposed colonies.