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Dr. Marla Spivak
Distinguished McKnight Professor, University of Minnesota,
and MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award Recipi...
Your breakfast without bees
Scientific American April 2009
Value of crops in US that depend on pollination:
>18.9 billion
...
Agri- Growth Council Lunch
Without Bees
Nutritional requirements of all bees:
Flowers
• Pollen - protein
• Nectar – carbs
• Water
Parasites
Viruses
Poor
nutrition
Environmental
Pesticides
In-Hive
Pesticides
Gut pathogens
Colony Collapse Disorder
Colony Collapse Disorder
Interaction of pathogens
Effects of neonicotinyls pesticides on bees
Bee Breeding
Landscape Effec...
What can you do?
Plant
flowers!
• Reduce use of pesticides
• Encourage roadside plantings of flowers
• CRP land: flower se...
Please help increase public awareness
about the benefits of pollinators
Thank you!
www.extension.umn.edu/honeybees
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  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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