The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

Brazos County officials are distributing free backpacks, school supplies and gift cards for K-12 students on July 12 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bryan High Silver Campus Cafeteria.
Brazos County to distribute free school supplies
‘Back to School Bash’ invites K-12 families on July 12
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • July 11, 2024
Texas A&M infielder Ali Camarillo (2) thros to first during Texas A&M’s game against Louisiana at the NCAA Bryan-College Station Regional Final at Olsen Field on Sunday, June 2, 2024. (Chris Swann/The Battalion)
Camarillo, Aschenbeck selected by Athletics, Cubs to round out 2024 MLB Draft
Luke White, Sports Editor • July 16, 2024

Junior SS Ali Camarillo and senior LHP Evan Aschenbeck rounded out the 2024 MLB Draft for Texas A&M baseball on Monday as they were selected...

Bob Rogers, holding a special edition of The Battalion.
Lyle Lovett, other past students remember Bob Rogers
Shalina SabihJuly 15, 2024

In his various positions, Professor Emeritus Bob Rogers laid down the stepping stones that student journalists at Texas A&M walk today, carving...

Chancellor John Sharp during a Board of Regents meeting discussing the appointmet of interim dean Mark Welsh and discussion of a McElroy settlement on Sunday, July 30, 2023 in the Memorial Student Center.
Analysis: Chancellor Sharp’s retirement comes with new dilemmas
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • July 2, 2024

Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp announced Monday he will be retiring on June 30, 2025.  A figure notorious in state politics,...

A&M researchers encourage public to be more active in bee species conservation

Bees
Photo by Graphic by Rachel Grant
Bees

The rusty patched bumble bee was recently added to the list of endangered species — making it the first endangered bee species in the continental United States — and A&M researchers are devising a way to help preserve the remaining bee population.
Juliana Rangel is the head of the A&M Honey Bee Lab, which consists of Rangel and four graduate students who work with local bee species on projects like determining toxicology and pathology of the Texas honey bee populations, and developing a breeding program to create better adapted queen bees. Placed under the protection of the Endangered Species Act on March 21, the rusty patched bumble bee joins seven endangered bee species from Hawaii and 700 total species close to extinction in North America.
Rangel said the addition to the endangered species list could potentially have positive consequences for bee habitats.
“Hopefully this means there will be an improvement in provided habitats and an increase in the funding for native pollinators,” Rangel said.
Rangel believes the misfortune of the rusty patched bee will encourage the public to become more active in bee conservation, especially locally.
“There are many ways to get involved,” Rangel said. “The Texas Beekeepers Association provides courses and workshops, and once a year there is a school in Brenham of the Central Texas Beekeepers Association that is available for beginners and intermediates.”
One of the A&M Honey Bee Lab projects is the creation of Aggie Honey, which is produced at the John G. Thomas Bee Facility Research Apiary on the RELLIS Campus. All proceeds from the sales of the honey go toward funding the research program.
Ellie Muetzel, English junior, was introduced to Aggie Honey in fall 2016 and has become a big fan of the product and what it supports.
“It is such a great way to fundraise,” Muetzel said. “Bees are core pollinators, and it is through pollination that we get flowers and plant life, without which we wouldn’t be here, so it is cool that our school is doing something to help. Plus it tastes great.”
Maybe it is the prevalence of bee activity in the news or perhaps there is just something in the honey, but Aggies have started to pay attention, said English senior Courtney Delaney.
“While I find [bees] to be a nuisance outdoors, I believe their fast rate of extinction will quickly become critical, especially when you think about how heavily we rely on them,” Delaney said. “We take for granted the fruits of their labor — honey, food, flowers. They are an integral part of our well-being and though you never want something like this to happen, hopefully it will make people take notice.”

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Battalion

Your donation will support the student journalists of Texas A&M University - College Station. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to The Battalion

Comments (0)

All The Battalion Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *