MONTANA CLIMATE ASSESSMENT
The Montana Climate Assessment began with efforts to identify which climate change topics were important to Montanans in ensuring the state’s economic and cultural viability. The report is the result of two years of effort by university faculty and students, state and federal agency researchers, non-profit organizations, resource managers, and citizens from across Montana. It is hoped that this first Montana Climate Assessment motivates much-needed discussion and leads to science-informed planning efforts and action in the areas of water, forests, and agriculture, as well as sets a pathway for future climate-change research relevant to Montana.
An increased understanding of the changes happening in Montana, now and into the future,
should help our state plan, make decisions, and take actions to promote the well-being
of Montanans and our treasured landscapes for many years to come.
What Makes Bees Sick?
A conversation with Michelle Flenniken, Assistant Research Professor of Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology at Montana State University
What is the question people most often ask you regarding your research?
The most common question is “What’s killing the bees?” – and unfortunately there doesn’t
appear to be a simple answer. Research to date suggests that multiple biotic and abiotic
factors contribute to colony health and survival (e.g., viruses, mites, microbes,
bee genetics, weather, forage quality and availability, management practices, and
agrochemical exposure). Although no single factor is responsible for colony losses
or Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), honey bee samples from CCD-affected colonies had
greater pathogen (e.g., viruses and Nosema) prevalence and abundance compared to unaffected
colonies (Cornman et al. 2012; Cox-Foster et al. 2007; Johnson et al. 2009; Steinhauer
et al. 2015; vanEngelsdorp et al. 2009).
Academic Technology and Outreach
Montana State University
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Bozeman, MT 59717-3860
Tel: (406) 994-6550
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