Front of the new honey bee lab at the University of Florida.
It was the tumultuous beginning to a long-awaited Florida Fall. Hurricane Michael headed toward the state’s panhandle in early October. Only a few short weeks previously, the grand opening of the honey bee Research and Extension Laboratory at the University of Florida took place with great fanfare.
The new lab wasted little time getting on the world’s honey bee research and extension stage via an invitation extended to the Small Hive Beetle Task Force of what is known as COLOSS (prevention of honey bee COlony LOSSes, coloss.org),. This was the first time an international event of this nature would be held in the U.S.A.
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