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May 19, 2011

A nationwide network to monitor and maintain honeybee health is the aim of the Bee Informed Partnership, a five-year, $5 million program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and led by Penn State.

May 11, 2011

Over 100 researchers from 15 countries gathered at the 2011 Honey Bee Genomics & Biology conference at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in May 2011. The conference showcased the great strides the honey bee community has made in understanding the molecular bases of many complex social behaviors and phenotypic traits, and the evolution of these traits, with the use of the sequenced honey bee genome. The conference was organized by Christina Grozinger (Penn State University), Uli Mueller (Saarland University, Germany) and Rob Page (Arizona State University). Further coverage of the conference is provided by Gwyneth Dickey Zakaig, Nature News:

May 2, 2011

The Stream magazine seeks to illuminate the efforts, people, interactions and IT driving discovery at Penn State. Our focus for this month's issue is "Green IT."

April 18, 2011

We are pleased to announce a new training opportunity for graduate students and postdocs. This is a practical and theoretical course in honey bee RNA interference technology, to be held at Penn State University and the University of Life Sciences – Norway. The course is sponsored by the Research Council of Norway. This support covers registration fees, materials and supplies, local accommodations, lunch/coffee breaks, and provides all attendants with stipends to put toward their travel costs.

March 28, 2011

Josh Hibit, a senior Agricultural Sciences, was awarded the first place (undergraduate division) at the 17th Annual Agricultural Research Expo sponsored by the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society for Agricultural Science on March 16, 2011.

Photo by: Nick Sloff
March 18, 2011

Alex Surcica and Christina Grozinger recently received funding from the Northeastern IPM Center to establish a NE Pollinator IPM Working Group. This group will consist of 10-15 researchers, growers, industry representatives, and extension specialists, who will discuss critical needs for promoting pollinator health and ecosystems services in the Northeast region. Those needs will then be communicated to the NE IPM Center in order to establish future priority areas for funding. Current members of this Working Group are as follows:

March 11, 2011

Sponsored by: Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center and the Pennsylvania Native Plant Society (PNPS)

February 8, 2011

By Elliud Muli and Maryann Frazier -- Beekeeping has been an important cultural and economic activity in Sub-Saharan Africa since time immemorial.

Taking colony health measurements on hives, Muchorwe Village, in the Aberdares.
January 19, 2011

ICIK E-News Fall 2010 -- It surprises many people to learn that honey bees are not native to the New World. The earliest records indicate that honey bees, Apis mellifera, were brought to North America from Europe in 1621. However today, honey bee populations, as well as the populations of other pollinators, are now declining. This decline is documented in a 2007 report by the National Academies of Science, The Status of Pollinators in North America. Due to this report and the mapping of the honey bee genome, as well as the phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder (CCD) and the media’s response to it, there has been a lot of attention paid to this tiny creature.

November 4, 2010

There has been considerable research demonstrating the benefits of both increasing genetic diversity of our honey bee stocks and selecting for strains of bees that are resistant to the effects of Varroa and other diseases.

October 15, 2010

Fruits and nuts are high-value crops in the Mid-Atlantic states and are being heavily impacted by honeybee shortages for pollination. A new $1.4 million grant from the USDA NIFA Specialty Crops Research Initiative (SCRI) program to Penn State will look into future impacts on fruit pollination and the development of alternative pollinators to supplement honeybees.

October 4, 2010

PITTSBURGH A "bait ball" of salema fish swirling off the Galapagos Islands, one of the world's largest Adelie penguin colonies basking on an Antarctic beach and ancient petroglyphs in northern Saudi Arabia depicting hunters and their prey are three of the arresting scientific panoramas selected for a juried gallery show in conjunction with the Fine International Conference on Gigapixel Imagery for Science.

September 13, 2010

Top researchers, government officials and representatives of organizations from around the world traveled to University Park in July to present their latest findings on honey bees and other pollinators at the inaugural International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Heath and Policy hosted by the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research.

September 13, 2010

Top researchers, government officials and representatives of organizations from around the world traveled to University Park in July to present their latest findings on honey bees and other pollinators at the inaugural International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Heath and Policy hosted by the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research.

August 10, 2010

Penn State held the first International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy, on July 24-28, 2010.

Photo: Annemarie Mountz
July 26, 2010

Penn State's efforts to address Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a nationwide phenomenon in which the adult honeybees of a hive disappear, often spelling death for the colony, will benefit from a gift of $100,000 to aid pollinator research.

June 9, 2010

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2010 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the beginning of a 13-state survey of honey bee pests and diseases conducted cooperatively by USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Pennsylvania State University (PSU). The survey will help USDA scientists to determine the prevalence of parasites and disease-causing microorganisms that may be contributing to the decline of honey bee colonies nationwide.

June 9, 2010

Penn State has received a $250,000 gift to endow a graduate fellowship in entomology in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

June 9, 2010

Penn State has received a $250,000 gift to endow a graduate fellowship in entomology in the College of Agricultural Sciences.