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The Biology of the Bread That Bees Make

Honeybees make bread out of pollen that they ferment (and then feed to their babies). Margarita López-Uribe talks about what goes into making bee bread and what microbes are involved in this process.

Published onMay 14, 2020
The Biology of the Bread That Bees Make

Margarita López-Uribe is the Lorenzo L. Langstroth Early Career Professor at Pennsylvania State University’s Department of Entomology where she studies bees of many kinds. Many bees rely on fermentation in different ways (some ferment nectar, others pollen, others still ferment leaves). Margarita will talk about the fermentation carried out by honeybees. Honeybees make bread out of pollen that they ferment (and then feed to their babies). Margarita and her student Brooke will talk about what goes into making bee bread and what microbes are involved in this process. They will also share preliminary data of an ongoing project about how various biocides shape bee bread microbiome.

The Biology of the Bread That Bees Make | Fermentology mini-seminars
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