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Dr. Marla Spivak




Her latest research on breeding for varroa resistance.


MacArthur Fellow and Distinguished McKnight Professor in Entomology, conducts research on honey bees with excellent technical support of Nelson Williams, Ben Sallmann and graduate students

The research goal my lab is to promote the health of all bees. Our primary research focus is on honey bees, ranging from basic studies on mechanisms of social immunity and behavior, to applied studies on honey bee breeding and management. Current studies are centered on honey bee hygienic behavior as a mechanism of parasite and possibly virus resistance, and on the benefits of propolis (antimicrobial plant resins) to the health of honey bees and the stingless bee, Scaptogrigona mexicana. 

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