North American Pollinator Protection Campaign
Call for Research Proposals Related to Honey Bee Health
The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) is seeking proposals for research related to improving the health of honey bees. Proposals should focus on research to manage, suppress, and eradicate Varroa mites, small hive beetles, and other pests, pathogens, and diseases contributing to colony losses. Summaries of previously funded projects can be found at http://pollinator.org/honeybee_health.htm. Review and selection of proposals will be conducted by members of the Honey Bee Health Task Force.
See the Call for Research Proposals Here
Seeking Solutions for Sustainable Beekeeping
The funding sponsor for these proposals is the Healthy Hives 2020 initiative (HH2020), with Project Apis m. (PAm) administering the proposal, accountability and funding process. HH2020 is an initiative of the Bayer Crop Science Bee Care Program with the goal of improving the health of honey bee colonies in the United States by the year 2020. In June 2015, BCS kicked-off HH2020 with a two-day multi-stakeholder workshop to discuss current status of bee health and identify key areas for research. This RPF marks the second round of solicitation for HH2020 funding. Projects funded in year 1 are summarized here.
Please see the PAm 2017 HH2020 Request For Proposals for priority areas for funding and more information.
View the press release here: HH2020 2017 RFP Announcementfinal-hh2020-2017-rfp-announcement-11.15.16.pdf
Proposals should be submitted via email to both firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by 5 pm PST, Friday, December 9nd, 2016.
Postdoctoral Position on Plant-Pollinator Interactions at Penn State’s Center for Pollinator Research
Penn State’s Department of Entomology and Center for Pollinator Research seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to lead a USDA-SCRI funded project examining pollinator interactions with ornamental plant species. The candidate should have extensive experience in (1) working with honey bees (2) evaluating foraging behavior of bees (3) palynology and (4) use of molecular tools to identify plant species from pollen samples. The candidate should have excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to collaborate with and coordinate the efforts of a large team of researchers from different universities, and a track record of publishing his/her work in scientific journals and presenting to broad audiences. Preference will be given to candidates with a PhD in Entomology, Biology, or related field. This is a one-year appointment, with possibility of extension.
For more information, please contact Christina Grozinger, Professor, Department of Entomology, Penn State University, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply at https://psu.jobs/job/67504
November 1, 2016 by PAm Manager (Edit)For several years, PAm has supported the Bee Informed Partnership, a sort of ‘geek squad’ for beekeepers. They help in crises like pesticide kills, but they also routinely monitor bee health and help beekeepers optimize their management for successful and sustainable beekeeping all year. The beekeepers who have access to this service are very fortunate, and with your help BIP wants to offer this service to more beekeepers! You can help our pollinators by giving to their campaign. Find out more here: http://igg.me/at/beetechteams
The Honey Bee Health Coalition (HBHC) Oct 17-18, University of MD
Focus began with completing a fundable proposal for the HBHC project, “Bee Integrated”. This project aims to practice the main recommendations of each of HBHC’s four working groups (Crop Pest Management, Forage and Nutrition, Hive Management and Outreach/Communications) simultaneously at apiary locations to demonstrate benefits to hive health. Pending funding of proposals, 2-3 pilot sites will commence in 2017.
Progress and discussion from the individual working groups included:
Forage/Nutrition- Discussing Farm Bill Conservation priorities to improve USDA pollinator habitat programs. Defining and communicating the co-benefits of pollinator forage programs. Developing an interview tool for use at Galveston, to understand the success/failure/gaps of supplemental nutrition applications.
Crop Pest Management- How to improve incident reporting and provide a non-regulatory pathway for beekeepers to submit data due to pesticide exposure incidents. Also develop and improve crop pest advisor education and training.
Hive Management- Updating the Varroa Management Tools Guide and completing a series of ‘go with’ videos to demonstrate methods and application of Varroa controls.