College of Science
Honey bees are vital to agriculture; the decline of honey bee populations in Utah and worldwide is concerning. Several factors can reduce honey bee health and when they interact can increase in magnitude (Fig. 1). We are investigating the interactions of a pesticide ingredient, organosilicone surfactant (OSS), and viral pathogens.
- Determine if OSS exposure alters honey bee feeding behavior.
- Determine if OSS synergizes with and increases the negative impact of viruses on honey bees.
Thompson, Matthew, "How Pesticide Additives Alter Feeding Behavior and Viral Infections in Honey Bees" (2018). Research on Capitol Hill. Paper 94.