Help the Bee Lab Go Viral
The U of M Bee Lab & Bee Squad have an exciting opportunity that could result in a new understanding of how varroa mite infestations and different strains of deformed wing virus interact to lead to honey bee colony death. Understanding these virus strains in honey bees is an essential piece of the honey bee health puzzle that beekeepers and researchers have been working hard to solve.
The Bee Lab has the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Declan Schroeder, Professor of Virology and Veterinary and Population Medicine at the University of Minnesota. He came to the University this year and has done ground breaking viral work in other parts of the world.
Through sampling, this project will connect Bee Squad’s Hive to Bottle apiaries--hosted at museums, businesses, and in backyards--with virologists, bringing the concept of citizen science to a new level.
Help us green-light this inter-laboratory research collaboration by making your gift today. Your contribution will be doubled with a generous matching gift and will support the work of the Bee Lab and Bee Squad in monitoring over 100 colonies across the Twin Cities and collecting samples monthly throughout 2019.
We are grateful for all of you who patiently work to support pollinators, and we hope this research opportunity is as exciting to you as it is to us!
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