Author: Robert Heyduck

New Mexico Beekeepers Association Meeting, 2018

We’ve got our hive evaluations back from Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) (including Nosema, Varroa, EFB, DWV assays and more) and from the USDA-ARS Beltsville Lab as well (including several viruses not included in the BIP evals). I was invited to share our preliminary results at the NMBKA annual meeting in Albuquerque last weekend. Attendance was good, and the venue–the South Broadway Cultural Center–was great. Dr. Tom Seeley, Horace White Professor in Biology, in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University, gave three highly interesting talks regarding bee behavior, and Drs. Olivia Messinger Carril and Joe Wilson, presented a delightful talk based on their book “The Bees in Your Backyard,”  regarding some misunderstandings around native bees. You can watch Dr. Wilson deliver a similar talk on TEDxUSU. I’ve attached  my slide show from the meeting, and will hope to post links of video from the meeting itself when and if it is available. Big thanks to Kathy Grassel and Jesse Brown for putting together such a stimulating meeting....

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Our Friends at Bee Informed Partnership

The Bee Informed Partnership is a collaborative effort of leading research labs and universities in agriculture and science to better understand honey bee declines in the United States. BIP was initially funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture but is now a not-for-profit. We have sampled all our project hives and send the samples to BIP for health screening. These results will help us determine what effect, if any, feeding on the oregano de la sierra had on their mite and pathogen levels....

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Guest speaker line-up finalized!

We’ll begin the day at the NMSU Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde (directions and map below) with talks from visiting collaborators and researchers from across the country. Dr. Ashley Bennett—Small Farm IPM Specialist, Los Lunas NMSU Ag. Sci. Ctr. Read more Dr. Don Hyder—Professor of Biology, San Juan College Read more Dr. Olivia Messinger-Carril–author of The Bees in your Backyard: A Guide to North American Bees Read more Dr. José D. Villa—USDA-ARS Baton Rouge Bee Research Unit (retired) Read more At 10:30, we’ll move upstream to Todd Bates Farm in Embudo, NM, next to the Rio Grande where the Bloom to Boom research project is centered. We’ll have snacks here and continue our discussion in the field. It looks like we are going to be in full bloom next Friday, so everyone has the opportunity to help us gather useful data. Come Join us a week from today, Friday, June 16th from...

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