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Science Inquiry Lecture: What’s Killing the Bees? A look at the Research

Join MOR and the Gallatin Valley Friends of the Sciences as we explore cutting-edge science topics, their latest developments, and their relevance to society through speaker presentations followed by an engaging question and answer session. 

What’s Killing the Bees? A Look at the Research.
Honey bees are the primary insect pollinators of U.S. crops valued at $17 billion annually, but for the past 10 years, honey bees have suffered losses of more than 30% per year. Join Dr. Michelle Flenniken, MSU microbiologist and co-director of MSU’s Pollinator Health Center, for a discussion of factors affecting honey bee colony health, and the importance of both basic and applied science in addressing this global challenge.

In her presentation, entitled “What’s Killing the Bees? A look at the Research,” Flenniken will discuss honeybee losses of more than 30% per year over the past decade, factors affecting honeybee colony health, and the importance of both basic and applied science in addressing the problem.

Dr. Flenniken, an assistant professor in the Plant Sciences Department at MSU, holds a Ph.D. in microbiology from Montana State University, with postdoctoral work at the University of California – San Francisco. Her research currently focuses on investigating honeybee host–pathogen interactions and studying honeybee threats through the Pollinator Health Center.