Project Number: 3060-21220-032-004-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Jun 1, 2019
End Date: Jun 30, 2022
The objectives for this research are to investigate the flight physiology of alfalfa leafcutting bees and blue orchard bees, including the development of a flight mill that can reliably measure flight parameters before and after stress events. Secondly, the effects of flight on oxidative damage to lipids and proteins will also be investigated in this and other insects of economic importance.
The USDA-ARS will provide research space and material support including alfalfa leafcutting bees and blue orchard bees for the project. The collaborator will provide expertise in the development of flight performance assays in insects and in the area of oxidative stress biology, including the previous development of assays that can measure flight in different types of insects (flies, moths, etc) and of assays to measure oxidative damage to lipids and proteins in insects.