This month Dr. Sanford shares with us some of the information he gleaned from the recent American Beekeeping Federation convention in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, home of the Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics, and Physiology Research Laboratory of the U.S. Agricultural Research Service (ARS). He and about 50 members of the convention toured the facility where Dr. John Harbo was among the team of discoverers of what is being called Varroa Sensitive Hygiene (VSH). The laboratory is also known for its pioneering work in importing Varroa-mite-resistant honey bees into the U.S. The most important population of these bees occurs in eastern Russia (Primorski region).
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