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Tech Transfer: Bee-Colony Collapse

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Jan 4, 2016 10:00 pm
  • 20:00

Guests: Sandra H. Burnett, PhD, and Mike Alder, Director of BYU's Technology Transfer Office  Honey bees have disappeared at a staggering rate in the US. In just one year, the US lost 42 percent of its managed honey bee colonies, according to the US Department of Agriculture. There are many reasons for the decline, but BYU microbiology professor Sandra Burnett has pioneered a novel solution to one disease so contagious beekeepers are often forced to incinerate their infected hives. It’s called American Foulbrood and we discuss it as part of our weekly technology series.