It was a busy summer trying to make up for lost time due to the pandemic. I had a busy start to one week as I helped extract and jar 150kg of honey from our bees (see picture).
Laboratory-based work continued to be slow at Newcastle due to a shortage of equipment and ensuring the safety of all people using the facilities. However, I have now completed the RNA extraction and PCR from the lab-based work I was conducting. The next step is to run the statistics and write it up.
While waiting for consumables to arrive, I have continued with the desk portion of my PhD, developing various computer models. One exciting piece of news is that my first chapter on the effects of weather on honey bee diseases has been published in Nature Scientific Reports (www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-01495-w).
Next summer, I hope to attend and present some of my work at the International Congress of Entomology in Helsinki, Finland. Finally, as I am approaching the end of my PhD, I wanted to thank you for your support over the past years.