NB this is on a Thursday at Sandbach
From 7:00 for 7:30
At Bradwall Village Hall
Bradwall Rd, Sandbach, Cheshire East CW11 1RG
Professor Stephen Martin (University of Salford) - Exotic travels of a bee researcher
My research program uses social insect systems (ants, bees & wasps) to investigating the role of pathogens and pest on their population dynamics and the evolution of chemical recognition systems. Before moving to Salford University in 2012, I had spent seven years in Japan studying the population dynamics of hornets, followed by seven years working with the National Bee Unit on the impact of the Varroa mite, a serious pest of honeybees. Then in 2000 I moved to Sheffield University to continue my honeybee research and start a new chemical ecology program along with Keele University. My research has lead to almost 200 publications including ones in Natureand Science. Currently my research is focused on understanding the molecular changes that give rise to virulence in an emerging viral pathogen, using the Varroa mite, honeybee, deformed wing virus system and also discovering the molecular mechanisms that underlie the production of chemical recognition cues in ants and honeybees, as its role in kin recognition.