Kaitlin just produced and aired another Perpetual Notion Machine science radio show for WORT 89.9 FM in town, this time interviewing recent UW-Madison Entomology PhD recipient Dr. Sai Suryanarayanan and his current collaborator, Dr. Daniel Kleinman, about colony collapse disorder. They’re actually in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, which may sound surprising. But! They study how groups interested in honeybee management — commercial beekeepers, hobby beekeepers, toxicologists, academic entomologists, government regulators, etc — approach research and knowledge generation differently. And they’ve found some interesting results, especially in comparing the experience of US and French beekeepers dealing with colony collapse.
So check out the show here and stream or download through the WORT Archive. It’s part of a broader show revisiting three topics the science collective covered in 2012: gray wolf ecology and management, frac sand mining and potential iron mining in the state, and colony collapse disorder in honeybees.
And for more information on Sai and Daniel’s work and insights into the folks working on colony collapse disorder in the US, check out their piece in the journal Issues in Science and Technology, “Disappearing Bees and Reluctant Regulators.” A response, written by two prominent beekeepers and a former apiary inspector from Florida, in the same journal, can be found here.