At our April meeting we will be joined by Dr. Esmaeil Amiri. Dr. Amiri is a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Olav Rueppell’s lab at UNC-Greensboro. He will discuss his research emphasis on queen bee health focusing on the transmission of viruses from workers and drones to queens and the resultant effect on the health of the colony including subsequent generations of queens.
Dr. Amiri earned his doctoral degree at Aarhus University in Denmark and has presented his research findings to Danish beekeepers and queen breeders.
Saturday, March 25th, Randall Austin graciously hosted an OCBA Field Day at his apiary. Recent graduates of OCBA’s Bee School learned how to light a smoker, inspect a hive, and do a sugar shake to evaluate the Varroa mite load in their colonies. The Field Day offerred many new beekeepers their first look inside an active hive. As always, Randall’s bees were ‘honeys’ and remained calm and composed throughout.
All Field Day photos courtesy of Lily Doron
On Thursday, March 9th, OCBA will be joined by Dr. Kaira Wagoner, a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Olav Rueppell’s lab at UNC-Greensboro. Kaira will discuss the negative effects of using steel foundation wire. She will also talk about her recent discovery of a chemical associated with hygienic behavior, which is the ability of nurse bees to detect, open, and clean cells containing varroa-infected pupae.