In the Media
[5/10/16] An industrywide survey found that 60 percent to 75 percent of growers nationally no longer neonicitinoid insecticides to protect their plants, a remarkable change that has taken place in the past few years. Vera Krischik speaks to Star Tribune on the importance of bees.
[5/10/16] Jeff Hahn tells WCCO-TV about the different types of ants found in houses this time of year, and what they might be after. Features a cameo by Ian Lane.
[4/25/16] The Minnesota Corn Grower's Association and the U of M Bee Lab's Marla Spivak emphasize the importance of good communication between farmers and beekeepers in maintaining crop and bee health.
[3/17/16]Congratulations to Dr. Spivak and the other Siehl Prize winners! Read article
[3/11/2016] Honey Nut Cheerios (whose mascot happens to be a honey bee) has launched the "Bring Back The Bees" campaign in Canada, to raise awareness of the issue. For six weeks, the cereal's mascot Buzz will be missing from boxes, and the brand is giving away free seed packs through its Bring Back The Bees site, in the hopes of planting 35 million wildflowers to help save the bees. In a statement from the brand, University of Minnesota Entomology prof Dr. Marla Spivak supported the project. "There are a range of threats to Canada's bee population, but among the biggest are the elimination of flowering plants and ground cover in urban and rural areas alike," Spivak said.
[3/1/16] An international team of scientists led by Purdue University has sequenced the genome of the tick that transmits Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne illness in North America. Ixodes scapularis, known as the blacklegged tick or the deer tick, is the first tick species to have its genome sequenced. Entomology Today
[2/8/16]An unlikely new group of monarch allies emerged in 2015: companies from throughout Minnesota's rapidly growing solar industry. It turns out, fields of ground-mounted solar panels can provide excellent habitat for monarchs and bees as well as song and game birds. .. Monarch scientist Karen Oberhauser is a professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota.