What's Killing the Bees? Impact of Pathogens and More on Honey Bees

Dates: January 21, 2021

Meets: Thurs. from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Location: Online Presentation

OLLI Member: $0.00
Non-OLLI Member: $0.00

Join Michelle Flenniken, MSU microbiologist and co-director of MSU's Pollinator Health Center, for an exciting conversation about honey bee colony health. For the past 10 years, honey bee colony losses have approached 30 percent annually. Flenniken will discuss the importance of managed and wild/native bees as pollinators of plants that enhance biodiversity, as well as fruit, nut and vegetable producing crops. She will also describe the role of pathogens and other factors in honey bee colony deaths, and the importance of basic and applied science to address this important global challenge.

This collaborative community event is presented by OLLI at MSU and the Belgrade Community Library and is free and open to the public thanks to a generous sponsorship Kenyon Noble Lumber and Hardware. All Belgrade Community Library online events will be hosted via the Library's Zoom account.

*Participants will receive an email from Belgrade Library the day of the event with the Zoom link and instructions to join the program.


Fee:   $0.00

Fee Breakdown

OLLI Member$ 0.00
Non-OLLI Member$ 0.00

Online Presentation

This is a real-time (live) online class that meets at the specified day(s)/time(s) listed.

We will send you a reminder email with login instructions one business day before the program start date. If there are additional sessions, we will send reminders the morning of those sessions.

Michelle Flenniken

Michelle Flenniken is an associate professor in the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology and co-director of the Pollinator Health Center at MSU. She directs a research program investigating honey bee host-pathogen interactions and teaches genetics and virology courses. Flenniken received a bachelors degree in biology from the University of Iowa, then was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana, before obtaining her doctorate in microbiology from Montana State University.


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