Images: Sampling colonies at the North Dakota field site in the late summer of 2021
Beekeepers know that good nutrition ensures the overall health of their bees and that it can also help buffer other health challenges. But we often hear the question “what is considered ‘good’ nutrition, and how can beekeepers ensure that their bees have access to it?”
New research, informed by beekeepers and funded through PAm as part of the Healthy Hives initiative, was undertaken by Dr. Vanessa Corby-Harris of the USDA-ARS Carl Hayden Bee Research center in Tucson, Arizona. This research was designed to help beekeepers decide if, and how, to invest in protein supplements for their bees.
Preliminary results of this research were recently presented by Dr. Vanessa Corby-Harris, and collaborating commercial beekeeper Blake Shook, in a webinar series for beekeepers.
Having successfully defended his thesis and graduated, Dr. McMenamin is now a postdoctoral researcher at the USDA-ARS Honey bee breeding, genetics, and physiology lab in Baton Rouge, and funded by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) through an interagency agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the USDA. His publications include describing the role of heat shock proteins in antiviral defense in honey bees, and provides a target for potential antiviral treatments or breeding programs(1). We had a chance to catch up with him about his experience as a PAm-Costco Scholar, and working with the beekeeping community.
Project Apis m. is proud to announce the 2022 selection of PAm-Costco Scholars!
The highly competitive PAm-Costco USA Scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars who are dedicated to making an impact on honey bee health and the sustainability of beekeeping throughout their careers.
PAm-Costco scholars demonstrate academic excellence, innovation, scientific aptitude, communication skills, and a commitment to honey bees and beekeepers.
The students who receive this PhD Fellowship award bring new energy, ideas, and expertise to the fold of scientists pushing the edges of bee health research across the globe. This award is an investment in the next generation of leaders to innovate and support beekeepers and pollinators.
We commend all of our applicants, and give our heartfelt congratulations the Awardees!
Project Apis m. is currently accepting scholarship applications from student studying honey bee health in Canada!
Applications will be accepted until midnight (EST), July 1st, 2022.
Learn more about the PAm-Costco Scholarships and past PAm-Costco Scholars at: ProjectApism.org/PAm-Costco-Scholars