Hygiene-Eliciting Brood Semiochemicals as a new way to select hygienic behavior in honey bees- Dr. Kaira Wagoner

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Dr. Kaira Wagoner


I am interested in honey bee chemical communication, particularly as it related to the social immune mechanism hygienic behavior. Hygienic behavior is the ability of adult honey bees to detect and remove unhealthy brood from the hive, improving the overall health of the colony. My doctoral dissertation was an investigation of the relationships between common stressors, brood-signaling, hygienic behavior, and selective breeding in the honey bee. As a post-doctoral fellow, I have continued this work and am currently using natural honey bee stress signals to develop an assay for the improved selection of hygienic behavior.



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