Career of the Month: An interview with Honey Bee Scientist Eric Mussen

by: Megan Sullivan

It’s common knowledge that honey bees collect nectar from flowers to make honey. But did you know honey is the only food we consume that is produced by insects? In addition, bees pollinate (fertilize) a staggering one-third of what we eat every day, including fruits and vegetables. Further, products of bees and their hives—such as honey and venom—are used internationally for antibiotic activity, bee-sting therapy, treating burn injuries, beauty products, and more. As an apiculturist, Eric Mussen studies honey bees and their relationships with the environment, people, and other organisms.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 3/1/2007Stock # tst07_074_03_64Volume 074Issue 03

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