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Dr Mark Greco Lecture Saturday 4th October 2014

Published 29 September, 2014

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Lecture: Dr Mark Greco gives Lecture on the subject: "Diagnostic Radio-entomology”.

Dr Mark Greco is a researcher at Bath University, who uses “Diagnostic Radio-entomology” to study bees and bee colonies without damaging them. Some of his findings are quite startling and the ‘’Xray’’ images he produces – for example, of bee cluster behaviour in winter – are literally illuminating. Whilst his research grant at Bath expires at the end of September and he is off to Australia shortly thereafter, he has agreed to come and give a talk about his work to a joint meeting of Orpington and Sidcup BKAs.

Date: Saturday 4th October 2014.

Time: 1pm - 3pm.

Venue: Atomwide Ltd, Ravensquay Business Centre, Cray Avenue, Orpington, BR5 4BQ.

Cost: £3 includes refreshments.
Please help us finalise plans for the meeting by letting me know as soon as possible if you plan to attend. Email:

Extracts from Mark’s BBKA Spring Convention CV:

Dr Mark Greco
Mark is a member of the Australian Entomological Society, a councillor for the NSW Entomological Society and an invited Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. He has been involved in the management of Australian stingless bees and European honey bees since 1991. Originally, a medical radiation scientist, Mark is developing innovative methods for studying insects and their behaviour using non-invasive imaging techniques. In 2008, whilst a post doc at the Swiss Bee Research Institute, he received the inaugural Eva Crane award from the International Bee Research Association for the best original research paper in the Journal of Apicultural Research. Mark has recently collaborated with the BBC4 TV programme “metamorphosis”, BBC Earth and with Sir David Attenborough’s new three part series on arthropod behaviour. He holds a PhD in Engineering (University of Bath) and a PhD in Biology (University of Western Sydney) and his current role is as a BBSRC sponsored post doc at the University of Bath researching the epidemiology of European Foul Brood in the UK.
Diagnostic radio-entomology
Mark’s novel methods of “Diagnostic Radio-entomology” (DR) explore insect morphology, physiology and behaviour in individual insects and population dynamics in social insect colonies such as honey bees. Researchers can now dissect bees and bee hives without touching them. DR also allows for experimentation and analysis with minimal disruption to normal insect behaviour. Mark’s presentation will cover past research on Australian stingless bees; he will then give a brief description of his new methods including their uses with his current research on honey bees and then give some examples of future research opportunities.

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