Our lab’s FYP students for AY 2016/2017 have successfully concluded their poster presentations today. They showcased their projects on bees, wasps, and ants to their examiners, fellow students, and other members of the public.
Our research was featured today in an article titled ‘Global data for declining bees’ by the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Science. Here’s an excerpt:
“In response to bee declines threatening ecosystems and food security, Prof John ASCHER from the Department of Biological Sciences, NUS with help from a global network of bee taxonomic specialists is completing the first comprehensive checklist of valid bee species and their distributions. He is working with the Integrative Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) of the US government to make a global update to the World Bee Checklist. He works with Prof John PICKERING of the biodiversity portal “Discover Life” to integrate bee data online on the species pages. NUS students and regional collaborators across East Asia are completing the first comprehensive monographs on bees from this neglected region.”
You can read the rest of the article here.
Over the weekend of 11-13 November, some members and affiliates of the Insect Diversity Lab drove up to Seremban, Malaysia to visit the local beekeepers and scientists involved in stingless bee keeping and research. This visit included stingless bee farms managed by Jeffry Iskandar Foo, and the Malaysia Genome Institute.
At Jeffry’s farm, we saw the hives of many species of stingless bees endemic to Malaysia. These hives were often constructed from wooden boxes or created from hollowed-out logs, where the bees would nest within. Jeffry was able to harvest the propolis used to construct nest entrances and the honey, which is simply squeezed from their honey pots.