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Kristen Brochu: The noxious relationship between pumpkin pollen and bumble bees

Kristen Brochu: The noxious relationship between pumpkin pollen and bumble bees

Update: 2020-04-10
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This week on the podcast I'm joined by Kristen Brochu, a postdoctoral researcher at Penn State University. We discuss her recently published work about how harmful pumpkin and squash pollen is for bumble bees. But why is this? And what exactly can we learn from this? Kristen and I talk about what we currently know (and don't know) about bee nutrition, and how understanding species-specific nutritional needs could be another tool for assessing which bees are at the greatest risk in our climate-changing, urbanizing world.

Kristen Brochu:
• Pollen defenses negatively impact foraging and fitness in a generalist bee (Bombus impatiens: Apidae) https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-58274-2
• Twitter @bugAdvocate
• Instagram @bugAdvocate
• Website https://www.kristenbrochu.com/

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Kristen Brochu: The noxious relationship between pumpkin pollen and bumble bees

Kristen Brochu: The noxious relationship between pumpkin pollen and bumble bees

Matt Kelly