Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Entomologists are Exploring the Causes of a Massive Die-off of the Honey Bee Population, from Viruses and Mites to the Role of Pesticides on Bee Health and Behavior

USDA estimates that honey bees and other polinators play a crucial role in the production of about $30 billion worth of crops. Colony collapse disorder (CCD) is decimating the honey bee population, and Penn State, one of the country's leading honey bee research facilities, has been investigating the problem both in the lab and in the field.

The full article can be found here

Dissecting a Honey Bee

Lauren Russert preps a dissected honey bee to remove its glands to analyze the effects of parasites at the Honey Bee and Pollinator Research Lab in the Agricultural Sciences and Industry Building. This photo was taken by a photojournalism student in one of two sections of Intro to Photojournalism, COMM 269, taught by John Beale, senior lecturer in communications.

Image: Penn State


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