Honey bee colonies have been in decline in recent years due to many factors, including lack of high-quality nutrition, exposure to pesticides, and pressure from pests and pathogens. Infestations of the parasitic mite Varroa destructor play a large role in these staggering colony losses. These mites feed on the fat body and hemolymph of bees, and in the process, they transmit a cocktail of viruses that weakens the individuals and eventually the whole colony. For
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The Entomological Society of America is hosting its annual meeting virtually this year due to the pandemic. Check out the talks that members of our lab will be presenting during the next 2 weeks! All talks are pre-recorded and available on-demand!   Engaging young audiences into scientific discourse through beekeeping activities Robyn Underwood, Brooke Lawrence, and Margarita López-Uribe.  Talk on-demand: https://cdmcd.co/gbvRRj Pathogen dynamics between managed and wild bee populations in agroecosystems Laura Jones, Ginamaría Román-Echevarría, Kristen
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Wednesdays @4PM (EST) – 1h 15 min via zoom; weekly from November 4th to December 16th Join us for the Beekeeping Winter Webinar Series organized moderated by Tom Butzler, Robyn Underwood, and Margarita López-Uribe from Penn State Extension. These six webinars will cover a number of timely topics about beekeeping biology, basic and advanced management practices.   The series of 6 webinars series will take place weekly on Wednesdays from 4 PM to 5:15 PM
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The year 2020 has been difficult for multiple reasons. With businesses shut down, then opening with limited capacity, the pocketbooks of beekeepers have been lighter than hoped.  A recent announcement should bring some aid to those who need it. If you are a honey producer who makes less than $900,000 per year, you could get up to 10.6% of your total 2019 honey sales in financial aid through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP2).  
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Wednesdays @3PM (EST) – 1h 15 min via zoom Join us for the Pollinator Webinar Series organized moderated by Tom Butzler and Dr. Margarita Lopez-Uribe from Penn State Extension. These eight webinars will cover a whole range of topics from beekeeping management to wild bee biodiversity and how to create habitat for pollinators. Webinars will take place on consecutive Wednesdays, starting on June 3rd at 3 PM (EST), 2 PM (CST), 1 PM (MST), and
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