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The Bees Have It!

Bug Squad    By Cathy Keatley Garvey  May 29, 2015

If you missed the first-ever UC Davis Bee Symposium on keeping bees healthy, not to worry

The event, hosted May 9 in the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science by the Honey and Pollination Centerand the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, drew some 360 people.

Entomology doctoral candidate Matthew Prebus of the Phil Ward lab, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, video-recorded the presentations and uploaded them today.

You can watch them on YouTube.

Amina Harris, director of the Honey and Pollination Center, and Michael Parrella, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology, welcomed the crowd.

Marla Spivak, Distinguished McKnight Professor, University of Minnesota and a 2010 MacArthur Fellow, keynoted the symposium, speaking on "Helping Bees Stand on Their Own Six Feet."

The presentations on YouTube:

Marla Spivak: Protecting Pollinators

Amy Toth: Combined Effects of Viruses and Nutritional Stress on Honey Bee Health

Elina Niño: Best Management Practices to Support Honey Bee Health

Neal Williams: Enhancing Forage for Bees

Sarah Laird: The Bee Girl

Jake Reisdorf: Getting into Beekeeping- Thoughts from a 12-year-old Beekeeper

Katharina Ullman: Project Integrated Crop Pollination

John Miller: Keeping Bees Healthy with Forage

Benjamin Sallman: Bee Informed Partnership

Gretchen LeBuhn: The Giant Sunflower Project

Christine Casey: Introduction to the Häagen Dazs Honey Bee Haven

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation generously provided funding.

Upcoming blog: Who won the student poster competition at the symposium and with what topics?


The following is brought to us by the American Bee Journal  10/4/13

This past week saw the 43rd International Apiculture Congress take place in Kiev, Ukraine and over 7000 beekeepers, scientists, apitherapists, vendors and pollinator enthusiasts descended onto Kiev's giant, awkward Exhibition Hall. For five days the participants networked, compared notes, conducted business, sampled honey, presented findings, absorbed science and milled around the bright, spacious ApiExpo while thinking, speaking and breathing “bee.”
The conference held symposiums on a handful of main topics: Bee Biology, Economy, Technology and Quality, Health, Pollination, Beekeeping for Rural Development and Apitherapy. Roundtable sessions took place in smaller, side auditoriums and addressed Beekeeping Science in Ukraine, Organic Beekeeping, GMO and Global Market, Pesticides and Honey Adulteration. Interesting talks were held in both styles of venue, but the popularity of some of these roundtable sessions showed these topics to be of a growing concern to beekeepers around the world.  
Perhaps the most enjoyed speech of the event came by one of the keynote speakers, Dr. Tom Seeley of Cornell University, author of the recent book Honeybee Democracy. He spoke about his research on wild A. mellifera colonies in upstate New York, showing that European honey bees can survive without chemical treatments for varroa. Dr. Seeley's hypothesis for this included small cavity size and colony size, production of drone comb, nesting above ground level, natural swarming and a broodless period to reduce mite populations and their relative isolation. “The way we keep bees isn't bee friendly” Seeley said, referring to large yards of bees, “Bees can drift, diseases spread.”        
Sadly this conference was marred by a plethora of technical and organizational issues, often causing attendees to vent their frustration rather than discuss expected Apis topics. During the first two days massive registration lines stretched out the door and many people had to wait upwards of six hours in 'adverse weather conditions,' as Apimondia President Gilles Ratia put it. On Monday morning a number of the talks were canceled due to the speakers' inability to register in time. Rumors of scrum-like fights in the registration line and abuse of poor, overworked volunteers persist.
At their biannual meeting the Apimondia delegates gave green lights to their budget and work plan for the next two years, citing their main focus to be the promotion of bee health in today's intensive agricultural climate. In his speech at the closing ceremonies, President Ratia declared Apimondia to “support 100%” the European Food Safety Authority's stance on neonicotinoids and spoke strongly about the worry of beekeeping and GMOs.
Following Ratia's speech, the presidents of the regional commissions presented their goals for the following two years. Mr. Mulufird Ashagrie, head of African commission promoted the first ever Apimondia Symposium on African Bees and Beekeeping in 2014. Mr. José Gomercindo Corrêa da Cunha, leader of the North and South Americas, stressed the importance of addressing neonicotinoids for the health of bees. Dr. Cleofas Cervancia of Asia spoke of measures to prevent introduction of invasive species to her continent and Ms. Maureen Maxwell of Oceania (tropical Pacific Island region) vowed to focus on international harmonization of honey standards to curb adulteration. Finally, Phillip McCabe of the European commission, addressed the need to promote beekeeping and spoke of Europe's efforts with their annual International Meeting of Young Beekeepers.
The conference concluded with a vote to decide the host for the 2017 Congress, and Bulgaria, Sweden, Italy and Turkey gave strictly regulated two-minute presentations promoting their countries. With a campaign starting two years ago and a superb presence at this year's event, Turkey won more than half of the delegates' 236 votes and Apimondia 2017 will take place in Istanbul. But that wasn't their only reason for celebration – Turkey also came away with the World Honey Queen title. The plastic red and white flags waved long into the chilly night.
Photos from the 43rd International Apiculture Congress, Kiev, Ukraine
Photos by William Blomstedt

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Seminar: All About Honey Bee Health and Disease Resistance

Bug Squad - Happenings in the Insect World   By Kathy Keatley Garvey

It's a topic we've all been waiting for: "Honey Bee Health and Disease Resistance."

Jay Evans, a research entomologist with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) Beltsville Bee Research Laboratory for the past 14 years, will discuss "Bee Disease Resistance and Colony Health" on Wednesday, Oct. 2  to  open the fall seminar series hosted by the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology.

His lecture, open to all interested persons, is from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in Room 122 of Briggs Hall, located on Kleiber Hall Drive, UC Davis campus.

"Honey bees are vulnerable to poor nutrition, parasites and pathogens, and exposure to chemicals," Evans said. "These threats can occur in batches and little is known about the impacts of multiple challenges to honey bee health, and about the abilities of bees to fend off these threats. I will present recent work aimed at determining the impacts of multiple parasites on bee health. I will also discuss the impacts Varroa mites, chemicals, and bacterial symbionts on bee health and colony losses."

As a research entomologist, Evans has focused his projects on a range of bee pests including bacteria, fungi, viruses andmites, and beetles. He is especially interested in the immune defenses of bees toward these threats. 

Evans was an early proponent of the Honey Bee Genome Project and helped recruit and organize scientists interested in applied genomics for bees.  He has improved and applied genetic screens for possible causes of colony collapse disorder and is now heading a consortium to sequence the genome of the Varroa mite in order to develop novel control methods for this key pest.

Evans holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Princeton and a doctorate in biology from the University of Utah.

The fall seminars, coordinated by faculty members Joanna Chiu and Brian Johnson, will be held every Wednesday noon through Dec. 11 in 122 Briggs Hall, except for Nov. 27, Thanksgiving Week, when no seminar will be held.

Under the coordination of professor James R. Carey, all seminars are to be videotaped and posted at a later date on UCTV.

Anyone with a computer can view the seminars, and yes, they're free.

Bug Squad - Happenings in the Insect World   By Kathy Keatley Garvey

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