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Spivak

  1. 1. Dr. Marla Spivak Distinguished McKnight Professor, University of Minnesota, and MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award Recipient
  2. 2. Your breakfast without bees Scientific American April 2009 Value of crops in US that depend on pollination: >18.9 billion ($217 billion worldwide)
  3. 3. Agri- Growth Council Lunch Without Bees
  4. 4. Nutritional requirements of all bees: Flowers • Pollen - protein • Nectar – carbs • Water
  5. 5. Parasites Viruses Poor nutrition Environmental Pesticides In-Hive Pesticides Gut pathogens Colony Collapse Disorder
  6. 6. Colony Collapse Disorder Interaction of pathogens Effects of neonicotinyls pesticides on bees Bee Breeding Landscape Effects on Nutritional Health of Honey and Native Bees Propolis (plant resins) Benefits to bee immune system Chemistry and value as antimicrobial to humans Our Research Projects
  7. 7. What can you do? Plant flowers! • Reduce use of pesticides • Encourage roadside plantings of flowers • CRP land: flower seed mixtures to bloom over season
  8. 8. Please help increase public awareness about the benefits of pollinators
  9. 9. Thank you! www.extension.umn.edu/honeybees

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