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Host Responses to Biotic and Abiotic Stressors
Honey bee colonies experience abiotic and biotic stress. My lab works on two behaviors performed in response to stress in the honey bee: the production of a behavioral fever and the activation of heat-shielders.
Our research goes beyond behavioral observations. In recent
years we have explored the honey bee's ability to mount an
immune response, and the influence genetic diversity may exert
on a colony's ability. With collaborators, we are poised to
explore and model how disease outbreaks spread or subside as a
function of genetic, physiological, and behavioral responses.
This research will provide insight into the disease dynamics
social groups face in natural environments.
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