Learn how fungi can help honey bees

Dr. Jennifer Han and Dr. Nick Naeger will speak about Using Fungi to Control Parasitic Mites and Honey Bee Viruses at theRising Tide Science Seminar at noon Friday, Nov. 9, in WSC 121. A reception will follow the seminar. These events are free and open to all.

Dr. Jennifer Han is a plant biologist, mycologist, geneticist, landscape architect, and general lover of life. She earned her bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture and her Ph.D. in plant biology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Nicholas Naeger is an entomologist and geneticist that has been researching honey bees for more than 15 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the Ohio State University and his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researching honey bee behavior and neuroscience.

Han and Naeger are currently exploring the use of fungi to combat the many pests plaguing honey bees. This includes pioneering work with pathogenic fungi that infect and kill a devastating parasitic mite that feeds on bees and work with fungi that produce antiviral chemicals that help control bee viruses.

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