Dr. Marla Spivak

CFANS Entomology
College of Food, Ag & Nat Res Sci
Twin Cities
Project Title: 
Bee Research

The Spivak lab studies the biology and social immunity of honey bees and native bees. Topics include: the effects of antimicrobial plant resins (propolis) on honey bee immune systems and the ability of honey bees to fight pathogens; the honey bee ecto-microbiome and how plant resins in the nest might alter these microbes; and the leaves and other plant tissues that some stem-nesting native bees collect and use as partitions in their nests. These studies use RNA-seq data.

The Spivak lab also studies foraging behaviors and uses videos of bee dances to investigate this behavior. This requires the use of large video files and ImageJ.

Project Investigators

Morgan Carr Markell
Eileen Hickman
Dr. Marla Spivak
Erin Treiber
 
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