Feast and famine in the green desert: Studying honey bee declines in an intensively farmed agroecosystem
The movement of landscapes into monoculture crop production has been identified as a major potential contributor to declines in insects, particularly pollinators. For honey bees, these types of agricultural systems are thought to contribute to pesticide exposure and nutritional stress, both of which can exacerbate problems due to pathogen pressure. The Dolezal lab uses an integrative approach to study how honey bees respond to these interacting stressors, incorporating experiments in the lab and field, with the goal of understanding how pollinator behavior and physiology respond to an increasingly human-centered world. These projects also seek to identify strategies for sustainable pollinator management and conservation consistent with the realities of conventional agriculture.
Monday, January 13, 2020 at 4:00pm to 4:50pm
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