Welcome to the Sumner Lab Blog! I am a new PhD student in the lab and my project is focussing on using social network analysis to assess how certain pesticides might be affecting social interactions within bumblebee colonies and how that could impact colony performance. One of the early challenges facing me is learning how to establish my own bumblebee version of The Lord of the Flies.
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In an article published in PeerJ Peter Graystock shows how it is likely that the use of managed bees comes at a cost of increased parasites in wild bumblebees, which is not only a concern for bumblebee conservation, but which may impact other pollinators as well.
Research Published! Fine‐scale spatial genetic structure of common and declining bumble bees across an agricultural landscape
Stephanie Dreier, John W. Redhead, Ian A. Warren, Andrew F. G. Bourke, Matthew S. Heard, William C. Jordan, Seirian Sumner, Jinliang Wang and Claire Carvell Land-use changes have threatened populations of many insect pollinators, including bumble bees. Patterns of dispersal and gene flow are key determinants of species’ ability to respond to land-use change, but have been little investigated at a fine scale (<10 km) in bumble bees. Using microsatellite markers, we determined the fine-scale spatial genetic structure of populations