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Honey bees and Humans: a journey into the fascinating world of our greatest insect friend.

Posted: April 19, 2013

A description of a new undergrad course ENT 297A Honey bees and Humans

Among more than a billion known insect species, honey bees are truly unique. No other insect has been harnessed so effectively to benefit humankind and their decline threatens humanity and the ecosystems we depend upon in fundamental ways. Their fascinating social life-style has intrigued beekeepers and scientists alike and has provided profound insights into the evolution of sociality. In this course students will explore topics of biodiversity, behavioral ecology, sociobiology, insect physiology, infectious diseases, host-parasite interactions, food security, the development of agricultural practices across cultures and time, conservation and the art of communicating science to the public. This course will provide students with a strong understanding of (1) honey bee behavior (particularly their complex and sophisticated social systems), biology, and health, (2) the important contributions honey bees and their pollination services make to maintaining natural ecosystems and increasing productivity of many of our key agricultural crops; and (3) the global history of humans’ interactions with honey bees, and how people from many cultures have managed bees to provide honey, wax, and pollination services.

Sign up for ENT 297A; Honey bees and Humans; Mon Wed 10:10-11:00 AM; 112 Borland.