Temporal increase of Varroa mites in trap frames...

Abstract Varroa mites are highly attracted to drone brood of honey bees (Apis mellifera), as it increases their chance of successful reproduction. Therefore, drone brood removal with trap frames is common practice among beekeepers in Europe and part of sustainable varroa control. However, it is considered labour-intensive, and there are doubts about the effectiveness of…

Graduate student (MS or PhD) Honey bee integrated...

Application deadline: Review of applications will begin on Monday, March 7th, and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Start date: Flexible, with Summer 2022, Fall 2022, and Winter 2023 semesters all possible. Project description and responsibilities: The selected individual will participate in collaborative research alongside USDA ARS bee labs (e.g., Stoneville, MS; Beltsville,…

COLOSS Varroa TF – Working Group 1 (Infestation...

Abstract: Assessment of colony infestation by Varroa destructor is a crucial part of the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) applied to beekeeping. Natural mite fall, quantified by counting the mites on sticky sheets, is considered a reference method to estimate varroa infestation level in honey bee colonies. However, in recent years, alternative methods that can be…