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 ENTM News

Greg Hunt's breeding program gains notoriety

​S. Yaninek

Date Added: 8/26/2015


NPR found out about the Purdue honey bee queen breeding program at the state picnic, which resulted in some very positive press for the work of Dr. Greg Hunt and his bee lab.  In addition to being cited by beekeeper Jeff Berta in "The Allegheny Front Environmental Radio," Building a Better Honeybee, Dr. Hunt was also interviewed personally and that voice interview is available at Purdue mite biters.

The alluring firefly: nature's lightning bug may hold key to medical breakthroughs

​Jane McInnis
August 19, 2015

Date Added: 8/21/2015


Dr. Tom Turpin was quoted in a recent article in regarding the role of bioluminescence in potential medical procedures.  To read the entire article, click firefly breakthroughs.

Faculty retreat 2015

​S. Yaninek

Photo courtesy of John Obermeyer

Date Added: 8/20/2015

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The entomology  faculty gathered on Wednesday, August 19th at the Daniel Turf Center for their annual retreat.  


One agenda item was the presentation of the Distinguished Professor medallion to Larry L. Murdock, who was named a Distinguished Professor of Entomology by the Board of Trustees on May.  Dr. Murdock is the first professor of entomology to receive this award.

Krispn Given teaches the 2015 Instrumental Insemination class

​K. Given

Date Added: 8/20/2015

Krispn Given I I Class 2015.jpgKrispn Given, in the Purdue bee lab, taught the art of Instrumental Insemination to six students from five states: Indiana, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio and Idaho.  I. I. is an important tool in selecting bees that possess desirable traits, such as gentleness and honey production.  The two-day course covered everything from sterile technique to banking inseminated queens. 
All the students did a fantastic job and maybe - with a little practice - one will emerge as a significant breeder some day.  Each student was able to see the technique on a monitor as Krispn successfully inseminated a queen.  Our current focus is on selecting bees that chew Varroa destructor, a parasitic mite that sucks the hemolymph and vectors viruses to honey bees worldwide.  Through the use of I. I. we are able to speed up the selection process.

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