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Feb. 8, 2012

At A Glance

UI Museum of Natural History seminar: 'Wild bees, landscapes, and food security'

"Wild Bees, Landscapes, and Food Security in the Age of Colony Collapse Disorder" is the subject of a lecture by University of Iowa Biology Professor Stephen Hendrix at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Biosphere Discovery Hub of the UI Museum of Natural History. Hendrix's talk is the latest in the museum's Spring 2012 Explorers Seminar Series.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Hendrix's talk focuses on the honeybee, which is the primary pollinator of many crops but is threatened by colony collapse disorder. Hendrix will discuss recent breakthroughs in our understanding of colony collapse disorder, whether wild bees are also being affected, and the extent to which wild bees contribute to pollination at small produce farms and in large monocultures. He will also discuss how landscape features affect bee abundance and diversity and how both urban gardens and prairie restorations offer resources for wild bees that may be critical to our food security.

The Department of Biology is a unit of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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