Maryland Honeybee Working Group
The Maryland Honeybee Working Group held its first Public Forum on November 12, 2008 at the University of Maryland, as part of Bioscience Research Day. The program included expert presentations and question-and-answer sessions on Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and other urgent threats to honeybees and pollination in Maryland. Future plans for apicultural research and outreach in our state were also discussed.
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Use Patterns of Neonicotinoid Insecticides on Cucurbit Crops and their Potential Exposure to Honey Bees
A 2-year project funded by the Strategic Agricultural Initiative Grants Program, EPA Region III, addresses the use patterns and potential exposure to honey bees by neonicotinoid insecticides on cucurbit crops. The project investigators are Galen Dively, Terry Patton, and Cerruti Hooks (University of Maryland), cooperating with Alaa Kamel (Analytical Chemistry Branch, EPA Laboratory at Ft. Meade, MD).
Sustainable Management of the Small Hive Beetle (Aethina tumida), an Emerging Pest of Honey Bees
--A 2-year project funded by the Northeast IPM Grants Program focuses on the development of sustainable control practices for the small hive beetle. In functional hive experiments, we are evaluating two novel tactics – soil drenches of biopesticides and entomopathogenic nematodes, and in-hive trapping devices deployed alone and in combination. The project investigators are Dan Gruner, Cerruti Hooks, and Galen Dively.
--A 3-year project, funded by USDA, the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, and Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, involves functional colony experiments to examine potential chronic effects of sublethal exposure to imidacloprid on the colony performance and behavior of honey bees. The first is to document and characterize the role of ABC transporters in mediating pesticide sensitivity and pesticide interactions in honey bees.
--Adverse effects of pesticides on honey bees may be due to toxins at very low concentrations causing chronic-sublethal effects or combinations of toxins causing adverse synergistic effects. This project documents and characterizes the role of ABC transporters in mediating pesticide sensitivity and pesticide interactions in honey bees. The project investigators are David Hawthorne and Galen Dively.
|Effects of Bt corn pollen on honey bees: emphasis on protocol development|
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|A meta-analysis of effects of Bt crops on honey bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae)|
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|Determination of imidacloprid residue concentrations in seedless watermelon flowers|
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Galen Dively - Emeritus Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Maryland; multiple collaborative projects on honeybee health, including effects of pesticides.
Mike Embrey - Agriculture Technician, Department of Entomology, University of Maryland, based at the Wye Institute on the Eastern Shore; research and outreach on apiculture.
Jerry E. Fischer - Maryland State Apiculturist, Maryland Department of Agriculture
Denis Franks - University of Maryland, Colonnade Society Council
Daniel Gruner - Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Maryland;
David Hawthorne- Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Maryland;
Mark Hoffman - Director, Maryland State Beekeepers Association
Cerruti R.R. Hooks - Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist
Steve McDaniel - President, Maryland State Beekeepers Association
Charlie Mitter - Chair, Department of Entomology, College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, University of Maryland
Andrea Morris - Assistant Dean, External Relations, College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences
Jeff Pettis - Research Leader, Bee Research Lab, USDA-Beltsville Agricultural Research Center; Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland.
Dan Kugler - Acting Associate Dean and Acting Associate Director, University of Maryland Extension
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First meeting of the Maryland Honeybee Working Group
Department of Entomology, University of Maryland
Present: Mike Embrey, Galen Dively, Andrea Morris, Mark Hoffman, Steve McDaniel, Jerry Fischer, Denis Frank, Sandy Sardanelli
Recorder: Charles Mitter
The meeting had the following objectives:
- Get the people in Maryland with major concern/responsibility for honeybee issues in the same room so that they can start working together.
- Generate a summary of honeybee research and extension activities, and problems, in Maryland.
- Generate a list of action items that will begin to address these problems.
- Today's group agreed to continue to work together, and broadcast its intention to do so by naming itself the Maryland Honeybee Working Group.
- The working group will establish a web presence by early November.
- The first activity sponsored by the working group will be a public information session on Colony Collapse Disorder and the broader issue of pollinator health in Maryland, to be held Wednesday 12 November as part of the university's Bioscience Day. An announcement, sent to those who had previously responded to a notice distributed at the State Fair, is attached. Working group members will hear from me very shortly with request for their participation!
- We will work to find funding for an apiary science faculty position in ENTO Dept., commencing with an appeal for support to be made at the Bioscience Day workshop.
- The working group will have a presence at Honey Harvest Days in Oregon Ridge and Montgomery County.
- We will have a presence and literature at the Agriculture Legislative Dinner.
- We will arrange for letters of support for researchers applying for federal funds to conduct research on bees. Dr. Dively has recently sent you such an appeal.
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MAAREC is a regional group focused on addressing the pest management crisis facing the beekeeping industry in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
MSBA: Maryland State Beekeepers Association
The Maryland State Beekeeper Association is a non-profit organization that has been dedicated to the advancement of beekeeping and the improvement of beekeeping skills in Maryland since 1908. Their website offers resources for those interested/involved in beekeeping as well as information on dealing with bee swarms, finding a local beekeeper, buying local honey, and more.
Bee Research Laboratory, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture
The mission of the Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville is to conduct research on the biology and control of honey bee parasites, diseases, and pests to ensure an adequate supply of bees for pollination and honey production. Using biological, molecular, chemical and non-chemical approaches, scientists are developing new, cost-effective strategies for controlling parasitic mites like Varroa jacobsoni, bacterial diseases like American foulbrood, and emergent pests like the small hive beetle. An additional focus of the Laboratory is to develop preservation techniques for honey bee germplasm to maintain genetic diversity and superior honey bee stock. Bee Research Laboratory staff also provides authoritative diagnosis of bee diseases and pests for Federal and State regulatory agencies and beekeepers on a worldwide basis.
NAPPC: North American Pollinator Protection Campaign
Working to protect the pollinators of the North American continent.
"Status of Pollinators in North America," The National Academies Press
Written by the Committee on the Status of Pollinators in North America, National Research Council
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