Event Detail

Event Type: 
Mathematical Biology Seminar
Date/Time: 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 08:00 to 09:00
Location: 
ROG 440

Speaker Info

Institution: 
Oregon State University
Abstract: 

Honey bee pollination is estimated to be more than $20 billion in
the U.S. In the last six decades, the number of honey bee colonies in the
U.S has declined by over 50%, from nearly 5 million to 2.4 million. Further
compounding these losses, over the last six years U.S beekeepers have
reported losses of about 30-35% annually that are unsustainable. Colony
losses have occurred concurrent with an increasing demand for pollination of
fiber, fruit, vegetable, and nut crops. Current status of honey bee health
and numerous challenges facing honey bees and beekeeping industry will be
discussed during this presentation. Current research efforts to improve
honey bee health at Oregon State University and other bee research
laboratories across the nation will also be discussed briefly.