February 27, 2017

Cotton, Fabric of Our Lives

Cotton, Fabric of Our Lives Cotton Pollinator Connectivity Workshop was held at Penn State University at State College February 16. It has been shown that increasing the diversity of pollinator species can dramatically increase cotton production. Researchers at University of Texas in Austin estimate that in South Texas, increasing the diversity of pollinators could boost cotton production by up to 18 percent, yielding an increase in annual revenue of more than $1.1 million. Collaborative efforts
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The Bee Tells “Strawberry Fields Forever”   Strawberry flower in the Carolina’s Things are well underway for the project, “Integrating pest and pollinator management”. The goal of this project is to better understand how pesticide use, honey bee stocking density, and landscape context are influencing native pollinator communities. Using the national land cover use database and GIS software, we’ve characterized the landscape surrounding many strawberry farms throughout North and South Carolina. We will be working on
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The Tracking of Feral Bees project at Penn State is underway. Last Thursday night, we set out on our first feral bee adventure of the year! About 45 minutes south of State College, in Huntingdon County PA, we sampled individuals from the our feral colony of our study. A great sycamore tree, close to 100 years old, had fallen. The tree had a large cavity that was home to a feral colony. The comb inside
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[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] It was a wonderful weekend at the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association conference in State College. Beekeepers came from all over PA to listen and learn about honey bees and beekeeping. I am Margarita, a new assistant professor at Penn State and leader of the Lopez-Uribe Lab. I was a guest speaker at the PSBA conference and gave a quick overview of my research and the future goals of my lab. I handed out
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