If you spot a honeybee in the UW-Madison’s Allen Centennial Gardens and are wondering where it came from, look up. There’s a good chance it lives on the top floor of the nearby Microbial Sciences Building. Six floors up in bacteriologist Cameron Currie’s lab, doctoral student Kirk Grubbs maintains a hive right next to his lab bench. Bees come and go through a tube that passes through the building’s brick wall.
“I like to have a hive in the lab so I can see what’s going on. It’s really helped me conceptualize what actually happens inside a hive and how it acts as one big organism,” says Grubbs. He often has more research hives on a deck just down the hall, and still more off campus, at Madison’s Vilas Park Zoo and at the university’s West Madison Agricultural Research Station.
For more information, read this news release about Grubbs’ research.