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Keynote Presentation: Dr. Eric Mussen
Thursday, October 31, 2013 • 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

The Health of our Honey Bees and our Beekeeping Industry
Main Ballroom

Dr. Eric Mussen will provide some historical information, bring us up to the present, and then discuss the various factors that seem to be involved with the inability of many beekeepers to keep their colonies alive and in a healthy condition. Discussion topics will include: colony malnutrition and reasons for the lack of adequate food resources; the impact of moving bees across the country repeatedly; the impacts of recently introduced and more familiar diseases, such as Nosema ceranae and the ubiquitous RNA viruses; the extremely difficult time beekeepers have trying to keep populations of the parasitic mite, Varroa destructor, at sub-economic levels; and how the bees are coping with frequent exposures to pesticides in their environment. Dr. Mussen will include some hints for how members of the general public can help protect the bees.


Eric Mussen, Extension Apiculturist, University of California, Davis


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