backyardnature.com is   backyard nature,  backyard wildlife,   and green business for consumers
backyard lawn and garden plants including mushrooms in forestry and urban natural areas
Homepage

HOME & GARDEN
Animals: Pets & Wildlife
Home Improvement
Natural Housing
Gardening
Lawncare
Conservation Tips

Green & Sustainable
Urban Agriculture & Farming
Organic Food
Energy Efficiency
Transportation
Community
Nature Tips
Health
TRAVEL to SoCal
Eco & Nature Travel
California Nature
California Beach Communities
Hiking & Camping
Events Calendar
California Green Solutions
KIDS EYE VIEW
Squirrels
Birds
Bird Profiles
Buddy's Diner
Insects & Weird Critters
Plants & Green Stuff
Other Fun Stuff
Nature Education Center
Naturalists
INSPIRATION ETC.
Scrapbook
California Scrapbook
Japan Scrapbook
Naturalists & Heroes
Backyard Blessings
Nature Education
Nature Art & Illustration
Nature Films & Video



"Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, waterbugs, tadpoles, frogs & turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, hickory nuts, trees to climb, animals to pet, hayfields, pine cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets – and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of his education." -Luther Burbank 1849 - 1926
ABOUT US
Published by
Solutions For Green We also publish California Green Solutions and a series of blogs about healthy living solutions.

PRIVACY POLICY
We don't share your information with anyone else. We ask that parents subscribe to the newsletter. We respect our community's children. We believe we are part of "our village" and need to care for one another.

california native plants are poppies for wildflowers and native plant ecosystem

For more sustainable business information, visit CaliforniaGreenSolutions.com for Sustainable Workplace and Green Products, www.SunshineByDesign.com and ~ Movie Industry Marketing for Indie Filmmaking Tips Arkansas Pet Services ~ BLTNetwork.com for Lifestyles ~ Home and Garden Habitat, Organics and Sustainability
organic foods, organic landscaping, organic farming and organic products for babies, kids and adults.

Chemical Ecologist Pioneered Insect Communications

Dr. Leal, a professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis, is a newly selected Fellow of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). This is a highly prestigious honor.

The 6,000-member organization selects up to 10 members each year as a Fellow, recognizing outstanding contributions in research, teaching, extension, and administration. This year’s 10 Fellows will be recognized at the ESA annual meeting set Dec. 13-16 in Indianapolis.

"Dr. Leal is an acknowledged leader nationally and internationally in the field of insect chemical ecology," said May Berenbaum, professor and head of the Department of Entomology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Lauding his research, publications and leadership, she praised him as a trail blazer and world authority on chemical communication. As chair of the Department of Entomology, he shepherded the department to the No. 1 status in the nation (Chronicle of Higher Education). Among his other leadership activities, past president of the International Society of Chemical Ecology and the first chair of the ESA’s section on Integrative Physiological and Molecular Insect Systems.

Entomologist Bruce Hammock, UC Davis distinguished professor of entomology, said Leal’s research has "practical implications in explaining how insects communicate within species, how they detect host and non-host plants, and how insect parasites detect their prey."

Pheromones are a major “green” approach to insect control, a movement away from pesticides. His work on multiple pheromones will greatly benefit not only California and the nation, but international agriculture. His navel orangeworm work alone is certain to result in a multi-million dollar beneficial impact on crops ranging from almonds to citrus.

Leal has identified and synthesized complex pheromones from such insects as scarab beetles, true bugs, longhorn beetles, moths, and the naval orangeworm. He and his laboratory discovered the secret mode of the insect repellent DEET. The groundbreaking research, published August 18, 2008 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is among the most widely downloaded and cited PNAS documents.

Educated in Brazil and Japan, Leal holds a doctorate in applied biochemistry from Tsukuba University, Japan, with other degrees in chemical engineering and agricultural chemistry, and is Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Leal is the 11th UC Davis entomologist to be named a Fellow of ESA. Richard M. Bohart (1917-2007), for whom the Bohart Museum of Entomology is named, was the first UC Davis entomologist to be selected an ESA Fellow (1947). Ten others followed: Donald McLean, 1990; Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. (1907-2003), 1991; John Edman, 1994; Robert Washino, 1996; Bruce Eldridge, 2001; William Reisen, 2003; Harry Kaya, 2007; Michael Parrella and Frank Zalom, 2008; and Walter Leal, 2009.