In the Media
[9/5/2015] It's no secret that pollinator awareness is on the rise, and everyday people are starting grass-roots groups to help pollinators and keep the buzz going. “There’s a ton of education going on out there — NGOs [nongovernmental organizations] are a big part of that,” said bee expert Vera Krischik, associate professor at the University of Minnesota. “There are a lot of little not-for-profit organizations. It’s wonderful that people want to do something.” Read the full article.
[8/29/2015] Jessica Miller (M.S. 2014, Ferrington) has been sharing her passion for insects with the community through 'Insects We Like' classes this summer. By getting kids and parents out in to the Tiny Diner Farmhouse garden, Jessica has been able to show them first hand just how important insects are to our environment.
[8/25/15]The staff of the Radisson Blu at the Mall of America has teamed up with the U of M’s Bee Squad to install two bee hives on their roof. Radisson’s international clientele make it a perfect place to raise awareness of honeybees around the world, and honey harvested from the hives will be showcased in the hotel’s award winning restaurant. Watch the video.
[8/11/2015] August is prime time for lakes and cabins across the state. Uli Munderloh recently spoke with MPR regarding her research, giving a behind the scenes look at ticks and tick-borne disease. Listen to the story.
[8/6/2015] Monday's groundbreaking events new $6 million Bee and Pollinator Research Lab were discussed on MPR. The 10,000-square-foot facility will include space for new labs, honey extraction and hive spaces where researchers will be able to closely follow the behavior of individual bees. "We'll have a way to really collaborate on research proposals and on extension and outreach to the public," said entomology professor Marla Spivak. "We'll have one central place where we can reach out to the research community and the public to educate them about bees." Listen to the story.
[8/5/2015] Ian MacRae was recently interviewed on MPRNews regarding his work with drones in agriculture. MacRae says drones flying over fields will be able to give farmers an edge by helping them identify sick plants before symptoms of disease or insect infestation are obvious.That means quicker treatment and less damage, although for now the diagnosis will still require a human on the ground, examining the plants. Listen to the story.
[7/27/2015] The work of Ian MacRae and Bob Koch has again made headlines, this time featured on the front page of the Star Tribune. “Unmanned aircraft vehicles are really going to change the way that we actually do agriculture,” said Ian MacRae, professor of entomology at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, who is one of the researchers. “This is really a very exciting time.” “The aphids are tiny, so we’re not trying to see the insect itself,” said University Extension entomologist Bob Koch, another researcher on the project. “We’re trying to see changes that the insect causes to the plants,” and whether those look different from changes caused by disease or a combination of insects and disease. Read the full article.
[7/24/2015] Under a partnership with the UMN Bee Squad, Urban Ventures has hired women to supervise its bees and learn the craft of making honey. Reinas de Miel, or Honey Queens, look after hives on a farm in Lakeville as part of a program aimed at getting low-income women involved in beekeeping. Under the tutelage of Bridget Mendel, a U Bee Squad mentor and teacher, the Reinas del Miel tend to their hives by searching the boxes for honey and checking to see if the queen bees were producing eggs. The six women use the money they earn from beekeeping to support their families, and the comraderie of the group of beekeeping women has been transformational. Read the full article.
[7/20/2015] Chris Philips recently spoke with the St. Cloud Times regarding his work with spotted-wing drosophila. What makes the spotted-wing drosophila different from other invasives: It affects ripe fruit. Because the flies lay their eggs in developing fruit, there's no outward sign of infestation. "It changes the game of growing small fruit pretty much across the country," said Chris Philips, an entomologist at the University of Minnesota North Central Research and Outreach Center in Grand Rapids. "We've kind of been in a scramble these past few years." Read the full article.
[7/20/2015] Minnesota is counting on a ground-nesting wasp known as the smoky winged beetle bandit to detect new locations where ash trees are coming under attack from the emerald ash borer. “We’ll be watching one insect to discover another,” said Jeff Hahn, an entomologist at the University of Minnesota. “It’s another tool in our arsenal.” Current funding should carry the program through mid-2017, but organizers will likely seek to extend taxpayer support. Besides targeting the emerald ash borer, the wasp-watcher program also will screen for other unwanted insects. Read the full article (complete with photos of our own Jennifer Schultz!).