What do traditional gender roles of women have in common with the non-visible labor of honeybees? Through a research project supported by an Apes Valentes Undergraduate Research Award, Christina Dietz found that, in both subjects, the value of labor is lessened based on the lack of visibility it receives.
Center for Pollinator Research
Center for Pollinator Research
While Penn State has developed a reputation as a leader in pollinator research, the experiences of entomology alumni illustrate another key contribution to pollinator health. Penn State is playing a critical role in training the next generation of scientists to address problems — such as parasitic mites, diseases and pesticide effects — that are likely to take longer to solve than the duration of a research grant or even an entomologist's entire career.
Bumble bees have discriminating palettes when it comes to their pollen meals, according to researchers at Penn State. The researchers found that bumble bees can detect the nutritional quality of pollen, and that this ability helps them selectively forage among plant species to optimize their diets.
Penn State’s Center for Pollinator Research is the bee’s knees. It's on the front lines of a fight to help the hard-working honeybee that along with other insects pollinates three-fourths of America’s crops.
Dicamba herbicide drift onto plants growing adjacent to farm fields causes significant delays in flowering, as well as reduced flowering, of those plants, and results in decreased visitation by honey bees, according to researchers at Penn State and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture.
Penn State's Center for Pollinator Research will host the third International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy, July 18-20, 2016. The conference will be held at Penn State's University Park campus.
Naomi Oreskes, professor of the history of science at Harvard University, will speak at the 2015 Colloquium on the Environment, which will take place at 6 p.m Oct. 26 in the Freeman Auditorium in the HUB Robeson Center. Her talk titled, "Why we should trust science (most of the time)," will examine how the public can make sense of competing claims on topics such as vaccines and climate change, as well as what conditions undermine scientific integrity. This event is part of Science Communication Month at Penn State.
A new Penn State project aimed at improving the food system in East Africa by enhancing pollination services and promoting bee-derived products has received a Food Systems Innovation Grant from the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation, based at Michigan State University.
Chemical signaling among social insects, such as bees, ants and wasps, is more complex than previously thought, according to researchers at Penn State and Tel Aviv University, whose results refute the idea that a single group of chemicals controls reproduction across numerous species.
Pollinators are declining rapidly throughout the world, and researchers are scrambling to figure out why. To assist Pennsylvania's beekeepers, growers and others as they face this crisis, the Department of Entomology at Penn State has created a new faculty position that will be responsible for conducting research, education and outreach on pollinator health, conservation and management.
Honey bees use different sets of genes, regulated by two distinct mechanisms, to fight off viruses, bacteria and gut parasites, according to researchers at Penn State and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The findings may help scientists develop honey bee treatments that are tailored to specific types of infections.
Feeding honey bees a natural diet of pollen makes them significantly more resistant to pesticides than feeding them an artificial diet, according to a team of researchers, who also found that pesticide exposure causes changes in expression of genes that are sensitive to diet and nutrition.
With the arrival of summer comes the activity of pollinators -- birds, bees, butterflies and more -- which are threatened by habitat loss, pesticides, pollution and climate change. To help them, the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research, the Penn State Master Gardener Program and The Arboretum at Penn State are partnering to create a large network of public and private pollinator gardens throughout central Pennsylvania.
Several parasites and pathogens that devastate honeybees in Europe, Asia and the United States are spreading across East Africa, but do not appear to be impacting native honeybee populations at this time, according to an international team of researchers.