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Hammer Lab
Help UCI Researchers Protect Wild Bees!

Bees are in trouble. As we pave over and heat up the planet, more and more of the roughly 20,000 species of wild bees are being lost. This crisis not only jeopardizes bee biodiversity, but also the crops and native plants that depend on bees for pollination. Although scientists around the world have spent years conducting research on the stressors that harm bees, actual solutions remain limited.

The Hammer Lab at UC Irvine is working to reverse bee declines using a novel toolkit: the gut microbiome. For bees as for humans, beneficial bacteria in the gut help digest food and ward off pathogen infection. Scientists in the Hammer Lab are studying how bee gut health is impacted by stressors and are developing microbiome-based solutions for the bee crisis. Through this work, the lab is also training undergraduate and graduate students to become the next generation of scientist-stewards for our changing planet.

Your Giving Day gift to the 
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology fund will support students and research staff working on the following initiatives:

  • Determine how climate change and pesticides impact bumble bee health via disruption of the microbiome.
  • Develop robust probiotic strains that reduce the spread of disease among wild bees, other pollinators, and flowers.
  • Discover the optimal species of plants that could be grown in farms and urban areas of California as “prebiotics” to sustain bee gut health, nutrition, and pollination services.

With your help, we can redouble our efforts to protect wild bees through microbiome research. Thank you for your support!

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Last But Not Least!
Congratulations to Tse-Wen Chen, a current student, whose gift to Solar Car Engineering Student Group won the Last But Not Least Challenge! With your gift Tse-Wen, $1000 in bonus funds will be awarded to Solar Car Engineering, thanks to the generous support of UCI Foundation trustees Gary and Melanie Singer!
Parent Power Hour 25 gift Challenge
Power Hour? How about a power 15-minutes?! Congratulations to our UCI Parent and Family community for coming together in record time to unlock $10,000 in support for Campus Organizations and Volunteer Programs! Keep the momentum going and support some of our outstanding matches and challenges below!
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1965 Challenge
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Early Bird Challenge
Congratulations to Darcy Wilson-Jones (LGBT Resource Center), Katy Young (School of the Arts/Dance), Charlton Lee (Social Sciences Student Awards) and Rick Emerling (UCI Retirees Association Scholarships), for winning our Early Bird Challenge! $500 in bonus funds will be added to each of these funds in your honor!
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