October 7 Meeting – Honey, American Foulbrood Revisited

7:00-7:30 Beginners Session: Honey (Robert Clark)
Packaging, selling, judging, wax & candles; other hive products

Each month, Robert presents topics based on an annual, local beekeeping management calendar, with emphasis on basic principles of how honeybees respond to beekeepers’ actions. Click here for the beginners’ hive calendar.

7:30-8:00 Tea and Announcements
8:00-9:00 American Foulbrood – The Old Nemesis Revisited (Michael Burgett, Professor Emeritus of Entomology, Oregon State University)

With the advent of honey bee mites in recent years, the subject of American and European Foulbrood has received far less attention. This has serious ramifications for beekeeping at large. Dr. Burgett will discuss the bacterial ‘plagues’ of beekeeping, weaving in some background on beehive architectures and his non-chemical philosophy of beekeeping for the 21st century.

Michael Burgett has long conducted research on regional honey bees through OSU’s Agricultural Experiment Station. He was the first researcher to warn about the dangers of parasitic mites to wild U.S. honeybee colonies. Although technically retired, he still teaches his very popular course “Far Side Entomology” at OSU, and for the past decade he has studied bees and beekeeping in northern Thailand. Should be a lively evening.

Meetings are 7:00-9:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month at Meadowbrook Interpretive Center (directions to Meadowbrook) and are open to the public.

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