Michelle Flenniken joins TWiV to talk about honeybees and the work of her laboratory on honeybee viruses.
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, Kathy Spindler, and Brianne Barker
Guest: Michelle Flenniken
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Links for this episode
- MSU Pollinator Health Center 3:18
- Honeybee antiviral defenses (Sci Rep) 54:19
- The buzz about honeybee viruses (PLoS Path)
- Recently identified bee viruses (Curr Op Insect Sci) 51:54
- Videos on honey bee research at MSU, honey bee pathogens, honey bee pathogen detection (YouTube) 1:20:57
- Timestamps by Jolene. Thanks!
Weekly Science Picks 1:23:35
Michelle – First 21 days of a bee’s life; NPR’s Hidden Brain; Varroa destructor triggers deformed wing virus in bees
Brianne – Flu Near You
Alan – Skype a Scientist program
Rich – NASA’s Voyager 2 Probe Enters Interstellar Space
Kathy – Which ones are bees? And What it feels like to be a bee
Vincent – Fecal sequencing and Vaccines did not cause Rachel’s autism by Peter Hotez
Intro music is by Ronald Jenkees.
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Photos of Bee Research in the Flenniken Lab
MSU photos by Kelly Gorham
Dear TWIV team
I”d like to thank you for another great year of podcasting and tell you that I utterly enjoyed this episode, because I love learning about bees and because it was one of those rare episodes that I think I understood 100% of what you said (ok, so most of the time some things go way beyond my head). One suggestion for this coming year: so you know how on live TWIVs you have questions from the audience? I just thought, for episodes like today, of general interest (like bees, vaccines, the flu etc) if you have a special guest and you could announce them beforehand (like a week or more), maybe it would be nice for us to know so we could write a question that we might have for your guest (unless that would generate loads of email for you, I don’t know). But for me, for example, if I had known you’d be talking about bees, I would have wanted to email a couple of questions for your guest. Anyway, just a thought. I felt sorry hearing about American bees that need to travel all over the place just to work as pollinators and didn’t find out if they ever get to make any honey at all. In Greece we have different types of honey and I’ve tasted orange-lemon honey (from the corresponding trees), which has a very light taste and looks almost transparent. So anyway, I love all your bee episodes. Happy holidays! Wishing you health and strength for another year of podcasting with hopefully another TWIB (this week in Bees) episode and what looks like another TWIE (this week in Ebola). Please don’t leave out the weather. I’ve been listening since 2011. It’s not the same without the weather! This episode ended and I went “wait….what did I miss?”
All the best from Thessaloniki, Greece (where it’s currently 2 degrees C)