April 11 2012

12:00 LSB 2320

Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman
Carl Hayden Bee Research Center, USDA-ARS

One thing leads to another-population dynamics of Varroa mites and honey bees


Honey bee colonies are in great demand for the pollination of crops especially in California. The almond industry alone uses more than 1.5 million colonies for pollination. Colony losses from Varroa mites and diseases have been devastating to beekeepers and caused uncertainty in the availability of colonies for pollination. In this seminar, I will discuss the biology and population dynamics of a major pest of honey bees; Varroa mites (Varroa destructor). The population dynamics of Varroa and the effects on colony survival will be discussed in the context of a simulation model called VARROAPOP. New methods to control the mite and how the model was used to predict ideal times for miticide applications also will be discussed.















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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