Figure 1. A honeybee larva can either become a queen or a worker bee depending on the food and nutrients it consumes.

The Role of Plant RNA in Honeybee Caste Development and Evolution

By Maryna Mullerman ’20 Doctor Kegan Zhu and researchers from Nanjing University in China investigated the effects of plant microRNAs (miRNAs) on larval development and differentiation in honeybees. The study’s results provide another approach to the understanding of co-evolution of different species and cross-kingdom interactions. The researchers hypothesized that miRNAs from different sources affected larval development. They recognized that plant miRNAs could be ingested by … Continue reading The Role of Plant RNA in Honeybee Caste Development and Evolution

GMO-less GMOs

By Meghan Bialt-DeCelie Image Acquired from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas9 Figure 3: The Cas9 complex can be used for modifying the genome of edible plants without introducing foreign DNA   Although genetically modified organisms with DNA from another species (GMOs) have effectively maintained food supply, recently, there have been concerns about the safety of consuming them. To avoid the shunned upon and highly regulated label of GMO, researchers from … Continue reading GMO-less GMOs