A renowned microbiologist will share insights into her work at a gathering of beekeepers in Connecticut next week, it has been confirmed.
Prof Dr Michelle Flenniken from Montana State University (MSU) will attend the upcoming monthly meeting of the Back Yard Beekeepers Association (BYBA) set to take place at Norfield Congregational Church at 7.30pm next Tuesday (28th March).
The research of Dr Flenniken – who is the co-director of the MSU’s Pollinator Health Center in the city of Bozeman – focuses on the detection of honeybee pathogens.
On her lab’s website, the scientist explains: “Honeybees are an excellent model in which to investigate immune mechanisms at both the individual bee and the entire colony level.”
BYBA officials underlined that the event featuring the former University of California researcher would be open to the public.
A spokesperson for the organisation said: “Attending the BYBA speaker meetings is a wonderful way for anyone interested in beekeeping, bee health, and pollinators to keep up with the latest research.”
BYBA – which is headquartered in the town of Weston, Connecticut – has more than 400 members.
On its website, the organisation says that all of its associates “share an interest in the wonderful and remarkable world of the honeybee.”
BYBA’s mission is described as providing its members “with a forum for sharing knowledge and mutual interests in beekeeping and to educate and promote the benefits of beekeeping to the public.”