Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm
It is great when we can hear from speakers such as Dr. Robyn Underwood from Penn State University, who are conducting bee research close to home. The bees are most likely exposed to the same climates and conditions as our own and it’s also interesting to learn about honey bee research at our state university.
Dr. Underwood will discuss her current project which is a side-by-side comparison of honey bee health in colonies kept using various management systems across the continuum of beekeeping; conventional, organic, and chemical free. This stakeholder-driven project includes following almost 300 colonies for two full years ending in 2020, and measuring productivity, varroa mite levels, nosema disease, and viruses, while determining the economics of each system. The long-term goal of this regional integrated project is to generate evidence-based knowledge for best management practices of sustainable beekeeping systems that will improve honey bee colony health, reduce environmental impacts, and increase economic returns to beekeepers.
At the last general meeting you learned how to make split and nucs and this month association members Scott Famous and Priscilla Bonsell will demonstrate and discuss the different ways to introduce queens into a colony.
May 23 @ 7:00 pm
Tonight, Dr. Gyan Hardwood will present via webcast on the mechanisms underlying transgenerational immune priming (TGIP). A PhD candidate in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, he has worked with honey bees looking at gene regulation, physiology, immunology, and behavior. His research focuses on the protein Vitellogenin and its role in the transfer of immune elicitors from gut to hypopharyngeal glands in honey bees. He will be presenting on how pieces of pathogens can be transferred from workers to queens and larvae in royal jelly. This process works for both bacterial and fungal pathogens, such as American foulbrood and Chalk Brood, and understanding these mechanisms has led to the development of medical treatments, or “vaccines”, that can be administered to colonies to increase their resistance to diseases.
Additionally, Brian Walsh will be sharing updated information about the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) and focusing on the threats that its presence has created for our agriculture, woodlands, and backyards. He is the owner of Salix Springs Landscaping which is based in Northern Montgomery County near the epi-center of the SLF arrival. His extensive hands on experience with this pest has led to his being a subject matter consultant for several insecticide manufacturers as well as research institutions including Penn State Entomology and Penn State Extension. He is also a member of the Penn State Extension Advisory Council for Montgomery County. SLF are here, and their population is growing every year so you’ll want to hear what he has to say and ask him your questions.
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm
Tonight’s live presentation will be “Honey Bee Biology” by Dr. Deborah Delaney. More information to come!!
This evening will also include a short informational session on liability insurance for your apiary from Farm and Family Insurance.
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