2020 Virtual Commencement
Join us for a virtual event on May 16 starting at 11 a.m. CT and participate in some of our fun virtual activities to make this day as special as possible. Learn more
Profiles Spring 2020 is here!
Read about the latest contributions of our faculty, staff, students, and donors to the advancement of veterinary medicine, including impacts on the fight against COVID-19. Read now
UMN researchers advance on tackling the novel coronavirus
A recent study on SARS-CoV-2 maps how the virus binds to human cells, reveals its animal origin, and guides treatments for COVID-19. Read more
Worker honeybees feed, groom, and tend to the queen throughout her lifetime, which could theoretically provide an opportunity for pathogens to spread from the workers to the queen. As a result, scientists suspect that the queen may carry similar viruses to the ones carried by the worker bees in her colony. A team of researchers led by Declan Schroeder, PhD, recently published a study exploring similarities between pathogens found in worker bees and queens and analyzing pathogen transmission from workers to queens.
Scientists suspect that wasps and hornets preying upon honeybees promotes the spread of viruses. However, the overall impact of this process on honeybees is still widely unknown. The recent arrival of the Asian giant hornet — often referred to as the "murder hornet" — in the United States only amplifies the necessity to discern how viruses move between wasps, hornets, and honeybees.