The Plight of the Honeybee
Friday, 1-2:30, Sept 14-Nov 2
The behavior and physiology of the honeybee, Apis mellifera, the most agriculturally important beneficial insect will be explored. Topics include colony organization, reproduction, communication, foraging behavior, navigation, pollination, nutrition, diseases, pesticides and the contributions of the pesticide industry to colony collapse disorder. Students will be provided internet links to required material and occasional handouts.
Bernie Hartman obtained his Ph.D. in Comparative Physiology from the University of Connecticut. While an undergraduate, he worked for two-plus years as a technician in the USDA Honey Bee Culture Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland where he was responsible for diagnosing honeybee diseases and testing the effects of pesticides on them.
Class Size: 65