Marla Spivak was featured in a Star Tribune article written by Rhonda Hayes, Star Tribune garden writer, photographer, and blogger. Hayes describes Spivak as an 'entomologist and bee guru' for the UMN. Hayes recently attended a talk given by Spivak, and "loved her first piece of advice. She told everyone to take a chair out to the garden and watch the bees." This is the first step in everyday folks doing their part to help bees. Full Article
Karen Oberhauser, a conservation biologist from the University of Minnesota who has been studying Monarch migration for 30 years, says this is primarily because of the explosion in the use of herbicide-resistant genetically modified corn and soybean. The consequent rise in the use of herbicides is killing other plants present in the fields, such as milkweed. Full Article
 On March 14th, Dr. Marla Spivak was pleased to accept a new gift from Whole Foods Market, to further support the Bee Research and Outreach efforts in Marla's lab.
Photo left to right: Phillip Higgs, Katie Eiser, Amy Finckle,
Professor Marla Spivak and Lorne Petkau
[4/8/14] You may think bugs are invading your house every spring, but think again. You've actually been living with them all winter. "They're already in our home, the ones you're seeing today are the ones that came into your house last October and November. But they've been inactive because of the cold weather," said Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota Extension Entomologist. KSTP-TV
[4/8/14] The James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History would move from its old art deco building in Minneapolis to a new home, including a planetarium, on the U's St. Paul campus under the bill. The U also would receive $12 million for research laboratory improvements, including replacing its world-renowned bee lab that's housed in a small shed on the St. Paul campus and modernizing the Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center located nearby in a century-old tractor garage. Minnesota Public Radio Star Tribune
[4/7/14] Bruce Potter was interviewed regarding his work as the Extension Integrated Pest Management (IPM) specialist at the UMN Southwest Research and Outreach Center near Lamberton, MN. Full Interview
[4/2/14] Last month, Dr. Vera Krischik was featured in a Grow with KARE segment, focusing on the use of neonicotinides in nurseries and the subsequent impact on bee populations.During the interview, Krischik said "we have enough research now, and we have enough observational information from beekeepers that systemic insecticides, especially used in higher dosages in landscape are impacting bees. Watch the full interview.
[3/13/14] Congratulations are in order for several graduate students who participated in the oral and poster competitions this year at NCB-ESA. Theresa Cira (PhD) (pictured left) won 1st place for her 10-min talk, “Lethal and sub-lethal effects of insecticides on brown marmorated stink bug”; Mike Goblirsch (pictured left) won 2nd place for his 10-minute talk, entitled, “Use of the honey bee cell line, E-711, as a model for Nosema sp. infection”; and, Amy Morey (pictured left) won 1st place for her poster, entitled, “Forecasting the distribution of an invasive, polyphagous moth, Epiphyas postvittana, in a changing climate.” The department is also very appreciative of our Linnaean Team. They were confronted with some very challenging questions in the first round, and carried themselves very well throughout the competition. Our team this year included: Trisha Leaf, Anthony Hanson, Tavvs Alves, and Mike Goblirsch. We also appreciate the new Coach this year for the team, Dr. Deane Jorgenson, a research scientist with Syngenta (Stanton, MN). Thanks again to all the students and technical staff who participated in the meeting by submitting posters, including: Wally Rich, Celia Silverstein, and Anh Tran. Finally, two of our Graduate Students, Matt Smart and Elaine Evans, gave invited talks in a “Protecting our Pollinators” symposium, and Dr. Bob Koch co-organized a symposium on “Stink bugs: emerging threats…”. Last but not least, an excellent red wine selection, ‘Voyageur,’ provided by Alexis Bailly Vineyard (Hastings, MN) won the “People’s Choice Award” as the first-place, outstanding red wine at the 1st Annual NCB-ESA Wine Competition. Thanks to Nan Bailly for providing an outstanding choice for us to bring to the meeting. We are also pleased to see that 'Voyageur' was recently named the Best MN Wine in the current issue of Minnesota Monthly.
[3/11/14] Jane Mazack (Ph.D. student of Len Ferrington) was awarded a Sawyer Seminar Graduate Fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Study for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Sawyer Seminar (http://ias.umn.edu/programs/s
[3/7/14] Insects are Awesome on TED Talks too! If you've not yet heard Marla's 2013 TED Talk held in Scotland, check it out. Her presentation on "Why bees are disappearing" has now been viewed >1,424,618 times. In addition to Dr. Spivak's talk, there are 11 other cool bug talks from the "Dung Beetle Dance" to E.O. Wilson's "Encyclopedia of Life," and more! See the TED Network -- and click here for recent Bug talks.
New findings from Dr. Kells on how to keep bed bugs away (KSTP).