THE FLY POLLINATORS
Its not all about the bees and butterflies, don’t forget the “socially unacceptable” pollinators… FLIES! Flies are a common group of insects in the Order Diptera (meaning 2 wings), with over 120,000 known species worldwide. You may think “pest” when you think of flies, and certainly there are many pest species, but flies have also provide important eco-system services like soil conditioning, recycling, and POLLINATION! Flies are the second in importance to bees and, on certain plants, are incredibly effective at transferring pollen grains onto a flower stigmas.ARMITAGE FARM
Many of our experiments are conducted in a controlled lab at Ohio University but we often take our experiments into the field to investigate the equivalent in a real world situation. Our field site is located at Armitage Farm in Athens, Ohio (if you are local, we are right on the bike path by the old train cars!).
- Dr. Bekka S. Brodie
- Ayden B. Wilson, 2017 Undergraduate Research Student (PACE Recipient and Ohio University Graduate), graduated with a B.S. in Plant Biology and currently at Scotts Miracle-Gro
- Julie Hixson, current 2018 Undergraduate Research Student
White’s Mill (Athens, OH) is a local store selling garden and home supplies, as well as gifts to Southeast Ohio area since 1809. White’s Mill has provided this project with beautiful flowers plants and seeds for our hard working pollinators. To get your own pollinator flowers check them out here and shop Athens, Ohio!
RESEARCH REPORTING & WORKSHOPS
Ayden B. Wilson*, V. Popescu, and B.S. Brodie. Are flies pollen their weight? Data mining social media for information on fly (Diptera) pollinators. Ohio University Student Expo, Athens, (OH 17 April 2018). (Poster)
Brodie, B.S. Harnessing sight and scent communication pathways for insect conservation and management. Plant Biology Colloquium, Ohio University, Athens, OH (2 March 18).
Brodie, B.S. Citizen Scientists (you!) predicting floral attractiveness for fly pollinators. 18th Annual Ohio PawPaw Festival, Albany, OH (16 September 2016).