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General Meeting

  • 28 Oct 2021
  • 7:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting

Vince Alloyo will have a mini presentation on winter feeding.

Our main speaker will be Dr Simone-Finstrom. 

He will present an overview of the wonders of propolis and the exciting nature of how honey bees’ use of antimicrobial plant resins as their own type of colony level immune defense. New research on the role of propolis in bee health and productivity in commercial beekeeping will be presented along with a discussion of ways that propolis can be collected and used by beekeepers.

Dr. Simone-Finstrom has been a Research Molecular Biologist at the USDA Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Research Unit in Baton Rouge, LA since 2015. He earned his PhD at University of Minnesota, where he pioneered a line of work devoted to understanding the impacts of antimicrobial resin use by honey bees on colony health, which he still continues to study. Dr. Simone-Finstrom then earned a post-doc position and fellowship jointly with NC State University and the University of Pennsylvania on topics ranging from queen quality to migratory beekeeping to social immune defenses in honey bees. The overarching goals of all of his projects focus on how honey bees can be made stronger, healthier and more productive using their own natural defenses and traits. His current work aims to understanding how these traits work in concert in order to promote them within the beekeeping industry and identify components of viral resistance in honey bees.

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Serving Montgomery, Bucks and surrounding counties in Pennsylvania, the MCBAPA is an association of hobbyist and professional beekeepers. Our mission is to provide education, hands-on training, support and fellowship in all aspects of beekeeping. Both experienced beekeepers and novices participate in our monthly meetings, field trips and social events.This is a good spot to place your secondary navigation gadget, like Navigation links, or Secondary menu.

Our meetings are held at:
Montgomery County 4-H Center
1015 Bridge Road (Route 113)
Skippack, PA 19426

General membership meetings are usually held the 4th Thursday of the month at 7 pm, but please check our calendar.

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