Did You Know?

The new state-of-the art Bee and Pollinator Research Lab had its grand opening on October 29! More than 500 people toured the space, learned about the research that would be taking place in the laboratories, and had a taste of Minnesota Sundae - a honey sunflower ice cream from the Dairy Store.  

The new Bee and Pollinator Research Lab, a part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), will centralize and facilitate the important bee research projects currently underway. The facility expands and enhances the Bee Lab group’s internationally recognized research and teaching program and provides opportunities for enhanced interdisciplinary and international collaborations. The Bee Lab research team is driven by the research of Marla Spivak, MacArthur Fellow and Distinguished McKnight Professor in Entomology, who conducts research on honey bees with support from Gary Reuter and graduate students; and Dan Cariveau who conducts research on the ecology and habitat needs of native bees. Solving colony collapse while ensuring the world’s food supply from plants that rely on bees for pollination—from soy beans and almonds—requires a wide range of experts working together and from diverse perspectives and subject matter expertise. CFANS is leading the interdisciplinary effort to address these grand challenges—from pollinator research to plant genetics, and innovative ways to maintain and grow crop yields while protecting bees— to help solve hunger in the world. Learn more about the Bee Lab, plus check out the Star Tribune's summary of this great event and incredible new space!