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February 22, 2013

We have an outstanding group of internationally renowned speakers, with sessions including behavioral ecology, physiology and development, host-parasite interactions, ecology and conservation, ecosystems services, and policy. A theme of the conference will be examining and mitigating the effects of environmental contaminants on pollinators.

February 1, 2013

The Penn State Department of Entomology is seeking undergraduate student applicants for the Dutch Gold Honey Scholarship for honey bee research.

October 24, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State will be hosting the second International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy from August 14-17, 2013. The conference will be held at Penn State’s campus in University Park, PA.

October 15, 2012

Shelby Fleischer and David Biddinger are members of a US-wide consortium of researchers and Extension specialists who received funding from the USDA to study pollination of multiple specialty crops in different regions throughout the country.

October 2, 2012

Several public pollinator gardens have been developed in recent years throughout Centre County. These gardens not only display the breathtaking diversity of pollinators and pollinator-friendly plants, but can also serve as examples for homeowners, commercial businesses, and growers interested in developing pollinator-friendly gardens and habitat on their properties.

September 25, 2012

Megan Snyder, a sophomore studying Immunology and Infectious Disease with a minor in Entomology and Christina Folmar, a junior studying Agroecology at the University Park campus are the recipients of the 2012 Dutch Gold Honey Undergraduate Research Award.

August 31, 2012

WPSU recently aired a story about the Penn State Queen Rearing Workshop, the PA Queen Breeding Program, and the associated Penn State research on queen rearing and honey bee stock improvement. The story can be streamed online here:

July 6, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Beginner and experienced beekeepers and those thinking about taking up backyard beekeeping can get the information they need to be successful from Beekeeping 101, a new online beekeeping course offered by Penn State Extension.

May 8, 2012

Michael Freiberg recently graduated with a BSc and MSc from the Department of Entomology. He visited the University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil, in May and June of 2011, with support from the College of Agricultural Sciences International Office.

April 10, 2012

Lecture by Christina Grozinger in the 2012 Penn State Frontiers in Science lecture series, is now available online

April 9, 2012

The Penn State Department of Entomology is seeking undergraduate student applicants for the Dutch Gold Honey Scholarship for honey bee research.

February 24, 2012

We will be hosting our second annual Queen Rearing Workshop at Penn State from June 2-3, 2012.

February 23, 2012

The symposium will be held on May 21, 2012, and will feature presentations from Center members and regional collaborators from the NE IPM Center Pollinator Working Group. Topics will include basic and applied research, extension and outreach related to pollinators.

February 1, 2012

In 2010, honey distributor Dutch Gold Honey and William and Kitty Gamber, of Lancaster, Pa., each contributed $50,000 to endow a fund to support undergraduate research in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

December 1, 2011

In the summer 2010, three organizations committed to honey bee and pollinator health, the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association (PSBA), the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) and Penn State’s Center for Pollinator Research (CPR), created a new research fund to support applied research projects which would directly benefit beekeepers. The PA Pollinator Research Program received $10,000 from each organization. Furthermore, the Montgomery County Beekeepers, recognizing the potential benefit of the program, contributed to the fund and urged other small associations to donate as well.

December 1, 2011

This past summer the Eastern Apiculture Society (EAS) announced the recipients of its annual awards and two of Penn State’s own were honored. Maryann Frazier was presented with the Roger Morse Award for Extension, Education, and Regulation and Elina Lastro Niño was the recipient of the EAS Student Award.

September 23, 2011

An investigation into pesticides and possible new effects on honeybees.

August 22, 2011

On August 12, 2011, more than eighty people gathered for the annual Friends and Founders Event at the Arboretum at Penn State. The focus of the evening was the importance of pollinators and the contribution the Arboretum's Pollinator Gardens are making in disseminating the research, education and outreach programs of the faculty of Penn State's Center for Pollinator Research. Both people and pollinators showed their appreciation of the many species of flowering plants during the post-discussion tour of the gardens.

July 13, 2011

Penn State's Department of Entomology and Center for Pollinator Research are hosting the "International Symposium on Functional Genomic Tools in Honey Bees". The symposium will feature 22 speakers from 8 countries, who will discuss recent advances in using genomic tools to study epigenetics, social behavior and polyphenisms in honey bees and other social insects.

June 1, 2011

On May 28-29th, 2011, twelve beekeepers from around Pennsylvania gathered at Penn State to attend the first annual Queen Rearing Workshop. The course participants learned about honey bee queen biology, honey bee mating behavior, swarming behavior, parasites, and of course, the practicalities of rearing queens in Pennsylvania and breeding for strains of bees with desirable traits. The workshop included several hands-on experiences to learn different methods for queen rearing and stock evaluation, including testing for hygienic behavior, Varroa mite and Nosema microsporidia loads. An extremely valuable aspect of the course were the discussions, where the beekeepers shared their experiences and strategies. The course instructors (Christina Grozinger, Maryann Frazier, Warren Miller, Elina Lastro Nino, Bernardo Nino, Holly Holt, Jessica Richards and Gabe Villar) learned as much as the participants! Special thanks to Harland Patch for the t-shirt design. For more information and photos from the workshop, please see the following blog from Joe DeLuca, a participant in the course: