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Monthly Archives: May 2014


Week of 5/19 Update

When I was monitoring the monarchs on Monday, I noticed some of the plants at Putah Creek were looking a little dry. The majority of the water stressed plants seemed to be located at the tail end of the irrigation…

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Week of 5/12 Update

This week kicked off with monitoring the monarchs we introduced last week. I monitor their growth every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. As I said before, the monarchs are easier to find over time due to their constant growth and the…

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Week of 5/5 Update

This week marks the beginning of a very busy season for us. The first experimental treatments have commenced, and there is still much to prepare for. This week I nearly finished my battle with the great weed trident of LTRAS….

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It worked!

We will probably have to keep watching these aphids to make sure they establish well, and to keep them at low densities on the aphid absent plants, but it looks like the aphids transfer pretty well from cuttings! So far,…

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Week of 4/28 Update

This week the struggle with the great weed trident of LTRAS continued. As you can see from the picture above, the weeds are going to put up a fight. I started my week collecting data from the plants at the…

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Week of 4/21 Update

Hello, everyone! I am August Higgins. I began working full-time managing this project’s four Davis field sites in January, but I’ve been involved in various Yang Lab projects to different degrees since 2011. However, this is my first contribution to…

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Experimenting with aphids at Bobcat Ranch

Will Wetzel and I made a quick day trip to Bobcat Ranch to try setting up a new experiment with aphids. The question behind this experiment is: “Does prior herbivory by aphids influence the larval success of monarchs?”. The aphids…

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