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Ralph Buechler
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Landesbetrieb Landwirtschaft Hessen (LLH)
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Studies and work experience: 10/78 – 3/90 study in biology and agriculture at the university in Bonn 9/81 - 9/82 practical studies in agriculture 10/82 - 3/83 guest studies in agricultural projects in India 08/85 professional beekeeper examination 4/86 diploma in agriculture thesis under the instruction of Prof. Dr. W. Drescher on: Bee toxicity of plant-protective agents under different conditions of application 7/86 - 7/90 PhD thesis under the instruction of Prof. Dr. W. Drescher on: Genetically based differences in the susceptibility of honeybee colonies (Apis mellifera L.) to the Varroa mite (Varroa jacobsoni Oud.) as a basis for a selection on increase tolerability since 05/90 Scientific employee at Landesbetrieb Landwirtschaft Hessen (LLH) Bee institute since 09/97 Head of the LLH Bee institute Key interests: ? Honey bee pathology ? Honey bee genetics and breeding ? Mating biology artificial insemination and management of honey bee mating stations ? Colony management schemes ? Effects of modern agricultural practices on bee industry Lectures publication and cooperation ? Numerous lectures at national and international meetings at universities and within bee keeper training courses ? Author of more than 300 papers in scientific and technical bee journals; book contributions on bee pathology and bee breeding ? Author of IWF-film “Selection of honeybees” ? Coordinator of several national and international bee breeding projects

BEEBOOK, B-RAP, Survivors, Sustainable bee breeding, Varroa control