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If you are fond of fruits, vegetables, and nuts, you will appreciate the research Bryanna Joyce ’20 conducted with honeybees as a summer scholar at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Joyce, a plant and soil sciences major, spent five weeks feeding bees in 55 different hives at a commercial apiary in Barre, Massachusetts, in an experiment to learn if natural pollens can improve the health of honeybees. Each week she hand made dozens of pollen patties—out of sunflower pollen, wildflower pollen, a mixture of both, or a pollen substitute beekeepers often employ. She then measured the prevalence of several parasites and diseases harmful to the bees.

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Biology assistant professor Alexander Gerson and his postdoctoral research associate Derrick Groom, with others, compared the short-term effects of resting vs. long duration flight on the rate of lean body mass loss in birds.

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A New, Social Science-based Approach to Improve Weed Management . Click here to see full article.

Biology professors Elsbeth Walker and Madelaine Bartlett provided expert commentary for a news story about gene editing in human embryos.

The 4-year grant will allow Biology professor emeritus Eric Bittman to determine the sequence of duper, a mutation that speeds up the circadian clock and dramatically reduces jet lag by affecting the function of a master pacemaker in the hypothalamus. See the full article here: http://gpls.cns.umass.edu/nsb