For the Love of Bees: Pollinators in a Connected World
This Zoom webinar aired May 2, 2023, as part of the "Shared Planet, Shared Health" series.
Bees are nature’s pollinating superheroes responsible for pollinating at least one third of the fruits and vegetables we eat. Bees are essential for maintaining our food supply and these critical creatures face the interacting threats of habitat loss, pesticide use, and the spread of parasitic disease.
In this video, entomologist Samuel Ramsey discusses his work to understand how parasitic mites feed on developing bees. He also shares what he has learned about the spread of the Tropilaelaps mite, and what that means for bees the world over.
Moderator: Ashley Peery, educator for the exhibition, Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World
Webinar Series: Shared Planet, Shared Health
Our virtual "Shared Planet, Shared Health" programs spotlight leading research on the interconnection between humans, nonhuman animals, plants, and their shared environment. These programs feature a presentation by an expert followed by an audience Q&A session moderated by Ashley Peery, educator for the Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.