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Cafe Scientifique Explores the Good, the Bad, and the Honey

Posted by Jenna Ray on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

Event Date/Time: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 6:00 pm
Location: Common Cup Coffeehouse (501 Atlantic Avenue, Morris, MN 56267)

The next Café Scientifique will take place on Tuesday, February 25, at 6 p.m. at the Common Cup Coffeehouse (501 Atlantic Avenue, Morris, MN 56267). Carrie Eberle, research agronomist post-doc at the North Central Soil Conservation Research Lab, will lead the discussion, entitled “The good, the bad, and the honey.” All are welcome to attend. Audience participation is encouraged.

The plight of the honeybee has become nationally recognized in recent years. Honeybees and native bees have seen declining populations due to numerous factors, including lacking food resources. The pollination these insects provide produces nearly one-third of the average American diet, and the continuing loss of bees will have major impacts on food security and prices. The Morris Agricultural Research Service lab is evaluating new crops for economic oilseed value for farmers as well as for their forage value to honeybees and other pollinating insects.

Café Scientifique is an ongoing series that offers a space where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology for the price of a cup of coffee. Meetings take place outside of a traditional academic context and are committed to promoting public engagement with science. Additional information is available at Interested audiences can look forward to additional discussions, typically held on the last Tuesday of selected months in 2014.

Café Scientifique is supported in part by a grant to the University of Minnesota, Morris from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through the Precollege and Undergraduate Science Education Program.