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Bugs and Brews: Beetles and Beauveria – Biology and Ecology of Insect Pathogenic Fungi
November 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
What happens when you mix after hours access to the Insectarium, local beers, and a fascinating expert lecturer? You get the Missoula Insectarium’s evening lecture series: “Bugs and Brews”! Every month we will have a new expert lecturer discuss a fascinating topic relating to bugs! Some of our past talks have been on Animal Weapons, Pests, Native Bees, Sea Spiders and more! A ticket to Bugs and Brews will get you access to explore the Insectarium, entry to the presentation and two complimentary beverages! We want to give a huge THANK YOU to our primary sponsor of our unique lecture series: Draught Works!
About the Lecture: Join us to learn about the basic biology of how fungi infect insects, how fungi regulate insect populations and how fungi can inspire the creation of “mycoinsecticides”. Our speakerl Cliff Bradley, is an innovative entrepreneur who has found a fungus that kills bark beetles without harming parasitic wasps and other natural predators. Bradley is the co-owner of Montana Microbial Products, dedicated to finding sustainable solutions to agricultural challenges.
About the Speaker, Cliff Bradley: Cliff has worked with applied mycology for over 30 years with much of this work focused on insect pathogenic fungi. He headed a team that developed the first mycoinsecticide for use in commercial agriculture. The production plant is in Butte and the mycoinsecticide is sold in the US and at least 8 other countries. His company currently collaborates with the US Forest Service and Universities in research on understanding the ecology of insect pathogenic fungi in forests and developing mycoinsecticides for destructive insects in forest habitats.
The Insectarium will be open for exploration at 6:30, before the talk, and after until about 8:30.
Cost: $8, $5 for members. Two complementary drinks are included with your admission.
Must be 21 or over for alcohol.
Location: 218 E Front Street, 2nd Floor