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Socialized Medicine in Honey Bee Colonies
Dr. Marla Spivak, Distinguished McKnight University Professor Apiculture/Social Insects, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota
Bees are in serious decline. As bees are the world’s most important insect pollinator of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, a shortage of bees could lead to a shortage of nutritious food. Keeping bees healthy is the focus of Dr. Marla Spivak’s research at the University of Minnesota. She will present research findings on two forms of social immunity in honey bee colonies: hygienic behavior and propolis collection. These behaviors, performed by a subset of worker bees within a colony, provide an immune benefit at the colony or group level. She will also discuss current state and national programs to help beekeepers sustain their bees and livelihoods.
Dr. Spivak is a MacArthur Fellow and Distinguished McKnight Professor in the Department of Entomology.