Gabriela Quinlan selected to receive North Central Region SARE grant
She will research whether improved nutrition through supplemental feeding and improved apiary location speeds up recovery and improves colony survival.
Gabriela Quinlan, along with her advisers, MSU Entomology faculty Rufus Isaacs and Meghan Milbrath, has been recommended to receive a $11,995 grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) for the project, "Nutrition Management for European Foulbrood (EFB) Recovery in Honey Bees."
"Honey bee colonies with European foulbrood disease (EFB) can die or become smaller and less productive. However, treating with antibiotics is environmentally and economically costly. This study will evaluate whether improved nutrition through supplemental feeding and improved apiary location can be used to accelerate recovery and improve colony survival," said Quinlan.
This grant was awarded as part of NCR-SARE's Graduate Student Grant Program, which is a competitive grant program to fund graduate student projects that address sustainable agriculture issues. NCR-SARE administers each of its grant programs, each with specific priorities, audiences and timelines. The focus for each of the NCR-SARE grant programs is on research and education.
NCR-SARE's Administrative Council members decide which projects will receive SARE funds. A collection of farm and non-farm citizens, the Administrative Council includes a diverse mix of agricultural stakeholders in the region. Council members hail from regional farms and ranches, the Cooperative Extension Service, universities, federal agencies and nonprofit organizations.