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The Fargo Insects Unit leads the world in developing cryopreservation technologies for economically important insects.
Using cutting edge molecular techniques, genomics, and even physical computing, our research team develops novel ways to Save the Bees.
Our research targets many bee species, such as the solitary, cavity nesting alfalfa leafcutting bee.
Pollinator quality is assessed in the lab and in the field. Large flight cages ensure our scientists can concentrate their efforts on previously treated bees.
The Mission of the Insect Genetics and Biochemistry Research Unit is to contribute to the protection of honey bees and alternative pollinators by 1) improving overwintering survival through optimization of storage conditions, 2) enhancing health by remediation of abiotic and biotic stressors, and 3) conservation of critical genetic resources through cryopreservation of spermatozoa and embryos