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Ants Be Gone: Scientists at the University of California, Riverside have developed an inexpensive, biodegradable, seaweed-based ant bait that could help homeowners and farmers control invasive Argentine ant populations.


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UCR Scientists have developed an inexpensive, biodegradable, seaweed-based ant bait that can help homeowners and farmers control invasive Argentine ant populations.The researchers found the “hydrogel” baits, which look like liquid gel pills but have a jello-like consistency, reduced ant populations 40 to 68 percent after four weeks. After a second treatment, between weeks four and five, ant population reductions were maintained at 61 to 79 percent until the experiment ended after eight weeks.

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Read more about Researchers Find Crucial Clue to Manipulating Reproduction in Plants

A team of researchers, led by a plant cell biologist at the University of California, Riverside, has for the first time identified a small RNA species and its target gene that together regulate female germline formation in plants.“Understanding the mechanisms governing germline formation is crucial to our ability to manipulate plant reproduction for the improvement of agriculture,” said Xuemei Chen, a distinguished professor of plant cell and molecular biology, who led the research project.

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They met with Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox and visited the School of Medicine, various student programs, and the Citrus Variety Collection.

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Inaugural Celebration of Teaching

The inaugural event brought together outstanding members of the UCR community for special recognition.

36th Annual UCR Pow Wow

May 26–27
11 a.m.–10 p.m.
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