We now have a livestream to one of our research bumblebee colonies! Please visit the following to see them hard at work. A simple Livestream account or log in via Facebook is necessary to view, but it’s worth it, trust us!
Recently, the Gratton lab flew out to Portland, OR to attend the 37th Annual Entomological Society of America Meeting. This was a wonderful opportunity to present our research to colleagues, catch up with former collaborators, and make new connections. Several of us presented research, including former Gratton lab members, Tim Meehan and Jamin Dreyer. Emma Pelton presented her first talk at the national meeting and placed first in the student competition! Congrats Emma!
Here is a list of presenters, presentation titles, and a link to their presentations.
- Rachel Mallinger (Talk) – Integrating broad-scale landscape perspectives with bees, floral resources, and fruit crop yields
- Emma Pelton (Talk) – Effect of landscape on spotted wing Drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) infestation in raspberry
- Tania Kim (Posters) – Poster #1: Harvesting and landscape effects on natural enemy abundance & biocontrol in perennial grasslands. Poster #2: Evaluating the impact of winter cover crops on predator abundance & biocontrol services in continuous corn biofuel cropping systems
- Jeremy Hemberger (Poster) – Oh the places bees go: RFID methods connect bumblebee foraging and resources in Wisconsin landscapes
- Brian Spiesman (Poster) – Pollinator response to harvesting and local resources in bioenergy grasslands
- Kaitlin Stack Whitney (Poster) – Soybean generalist predator community responses to landscape composition, drought, and temperature stress in the Midwest US
- Claudio Gratton (Session moderator) – Ecoinformatics (Big Data) for Entomology: Pitfalls, Progress, And Promise
- Tim Meehan (Talk) What can broad-scale, publicly-available data tell us about insect community responses to agricultural land use?
- Jamin Dreyer (Posters) Poster #1. Soybean aphid (Aphis glycines) alarm pheromone production and response. Poster #2. The effect of row cover and pesticide application variable timing on pests in organic vegetable
Good job everyone, and see you in Minneapolis next year!
Check out this story by Krista Eastman about bioenergy fieldwork in the Gratton lab!
Fieldwork Season Nets Insects, Explores Bioenergy Crop Impacts-By Krista Eastman
On a lightly overcast morning in early June, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) and UW-Madison entomologist Claudio Gratton’s team of researchers and technicians file into a passenger van and head out for another day of gathering insects from the twenty native grassland sites that make up the team’s outdoor summer laboratory. Funded by the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Gratton Lab is conducting two studies designed to understand how perennial native grasslands – and the predatory insects or pollinators thriving within them – respond to large-scale harvests that mimic biomass harvesting….[for more click here]
Photos by Matthew Wisniewski / Wisconsin Energy Institute
Field preparation (spring): Ian prepares artificial nests for bees and wasps.
Field work (spring/summer): Katie sweeps vegetation for predatory and parasitic arthropods at Brooklyn Wildlife Area, near Belleville, WI.
Lab work (fall/winter): Alex identifies arthropods under a microscope in the lab.
Outreach: Claudio shows bees that have emerged from nest boxes during tea time at WEI.
We have put together a special page for pollinator specific resources! This page points farmers, other scientists, and anyone interested in pollinator protection to a collection of resources available both online, and in-text that can help YOU protect bees regardless of where you live!
Check out the nice article that the GLBRC Communications folks put together regarding a recent Gratton Lab paper about ecosystem service tradeoffs that come with working perennial energy crops into agricultural landscapes.