Davis Breeder to Talk Changing Bee Industry in Argentina

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Bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey will deliver the keynote address at the beekeeping technology symposium on Production of Live Material at the 42nd Annual Apimondia International Beekeeping Congress, set Sept. 21-25 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Cobey, who has a dual appointment at UC Davis, and Washington State University, will speak Friday, Sept. 23 on “Changes and Developments in the Queen and Package Bee Industry.”

In addition, Cobey and fellow bee researcher Walter “Steve” Sheppard, professor and chair of the Department of Entomology at Washington State University, Pullman, will present a poster, “Collaborative Stock Enhancement Project to Increase Genetic Diversity of U.S. Honey Bee Populations,” on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Cobey’s research focuses on identifying, selecting and enhancing honey bee stocks that show increasing levels of resistance to pests and diseases. Cobey developed the New World Carniolan stock, a dark, winter hardy race of honey bees, in the early 1980s by back-crossing stocks collected from throughout the United States  and Canada to create a more pure strain.

To read the entire article, visit:  DavisPatch.com of UC Davis | By: Kathy Keatley Garvey

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