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Gift from ice cream company supports pollinator research

Posted: September 16, 2011

Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream (Haagen Dazs) recently pledged $50,000 to create the Pollinator Research Endowment in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Photo by Nick Sloff

Photo by Nick Sloff

This endowment will support the Department of Entomology’s programs related to honey bee and native pollinator research. Monies from this endowment may be used for, but are not limited to, undergraduate and graduate research, outreach efforts, display gardens, travel expenses for presentation of research findings and papers at conferences, and many other related activities or expenditures.

Last summer, the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research hosted the first International Conference on Pollinator Biology. More than 200 top researchers, government officials and representatives of organizations from 14 countries presented their latest findings on honey bees. Materials from the conference may be reviewed online.

Also through the generosity of Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, Penn State hosted 12 beekeepers from around Pennsylvania for the first Queen Rearing Workshop. Funding also has been used to support the Pollinator Garden Certification Program, a collaborative effort with Penn State Extension Master Gardeners.