The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Exotic and Invasive Weeds Research Unit is seeking two permanent full time Research Entomologists for permanent appointments in Davis, California. A degree is required. The incumbents will conduct research on factors contributing to honey bee colony loss.
A. I. Root Company Honey Blends candles are a lovely example of the good that companies can do for the world, and for honey bees.
The A. I. Root Company has a fascinating story and a deep history with honey bees. The founder, Amos Ives Root, became involved in candle-making through his interest in bee keeping. In the 19th century, he was behind many advances in bee keeping, leading the movement to standardizing beekeeping equipment. His Airline Honey was known nationally as the finest honey on the market. He wrote a popular book on bees - The ABCs of Bee Culture - and founded a magazine for bee keepers named Gleanings In Bee Culture. Little wonder A.I. Root was known as "the bee man" in fifteen languages the world over. Today, A. I. Root Company is still actively involved in advancing the knowledge and science of bee keeping.
"Pesticide risk assessment has not kept pace with new generations of crop protection products, but biologists, veterinarians, and farmers can all work together to understand the bigger picture... with pesticides, ultimately the dose makes the poison. If we can keep doses in a safe range, it’s ok for pesticides and beekeeping to co-exist. We just need to manage the dose.” - PhD Scholar Sarah Wood. Wood's research is helping to pave the way for better understanding and better practices.
The USDA-ARS Laboratory in Baton Rouge, LA is Seeking Three Scientists to Conduct Honey Bee Research
These permanent, full positions are for a Research Entomologist (announcement number ARS-D18W-0089), Research Geneticist (ARS-D18W-0103) and Research Molecular Biologist (ARS-D18W-0104). All three positions will be advertised at the GS-12/13 level, with salaries ranging from $73,375.00 to $113,428.00 per year.
A fully funded PhD assistantship is available starting spring 2019 to study blueberry pollination ecology in collaboration with the University of Florida's Blueberry Breeding and Genomics Lab.
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Project Apis m.'s executive director Danielle Downey has been involved in groundbreaking research breeding and developing varroa resistant bees in Hawaii since 2010.
One of PAm's key partners in this project is beekeeper David Thomas, the owner of Hawaii Island Honey Company, who joined the effort in 2012, offering staff, resources, and even building a lab for the project! David's apiaries have been displaced by the Kilauea eruption and his business is being effected.
Follow the link here to read and see video about what's happening at the Hawaii Island Honey Company, and stay posted for the current status of breeding Varroa resistant bees in Hawaii.
In 2013 Costco and PAm launched the first Costco/PAm scholarship awards. Costco has an admirable commitment to sustainability, and is a champion supporter of honey bee research, recognizing it as an investment to ensure an ethical and sustainable food supply.
Investing in research that has real and practical impacts on the sustainability of both honey production and crop production is the foundation of the Costco/PAm partnership. We often think of sustainability in terms of resource management, but another component of sustainability is developing intellectual expertise by supporting those who will help in the future: tomorrow's bee scientists. The students who receive this PhD scholarship bring new energy, ideas, and expertise to the fold of scientists pushing the fronts of bee health research across the globe. They will become the leaders who innovate and support the next generation of beekeepers and pollinators.
Morgan Carr-Markell's research is giving us a better understanding of honey bee behavior and forage activity which will help us improve the way we manage bee nutrition, conservation, and forage plantings.
During my time managing the Seeds for Bees program I have seen cover crops positively impact our food system in many ways. Working closely with beekeepers and growers has allowed me to witness the benefits to bees and the land first hand. But our goals are not only to have seeds in the ground and good nutrition for bees today. They are also about helping to plant the seeds of sustainable land management and healthy bees for generations to come.
A good relationship between beekeepers and farmers is the linchpin to protect bee health and promote robust pollination. This historic collaboration finds multiple benefits in communication and cover crops. John and Jason Miller of Miller Honey Bees and Nick Edsall of Bullseye Farms share their advice.