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Why is there so much interest in honey bees? Join us for Honey Bees and Humans and find out!

Posted: April 20, 2015

This course will discuss the uniqueness of honey bees -- no other insect, except perhaps the silk moth, 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.

Wondering why there is so much interest in and concern about honey bees these days? Join us for Honey Bees and Humans and find out! This course will discuss the uniqueness of honey bees -- no other insect, except perhaps the silk moth, 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 (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.

Course times and location- Fall 2015 ENT222 Honey bees and Humans T R 9:45 AM - 11:00 PM 107 Forest Resources Building

Instructors Christina Grozinger Maryann Frazier; contact (mfrazier@psu.edu) with questions Harland Patch