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Course Offering: Honey Bees and Humans; course ENT 222 (3 credits; GN)

Posted: April 7, 2014

Do you wonder why there is so much interest in and concern about honey bees these days? To find out, join us in attending the course called Honey Bees and Humans!

This course will discuss the uniqueness of honey bees. With the possible exception of the silk moth, no other insect has been harnessed so effectively to benefit humankind. You 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.

You will be provided an understanding of:

  • honey bee behavior (particularly their complex and sophisticated social systems), biology, and health
  • the important contributions honey bees and their pollination services make to maintaining natural ecosystems and increasing productivity of many of our key agricultural crops
  • 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.

Course times and location- Fall 2014

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
111 Boucke Building

Instructors:

  • Christina Grozinger
  • Maryann Frazier
  • Harland Patch

If you have questions, contact Maryann Frazier at  mfrazier@psu.edu