Varroa Mite IPM: Part 1 - Varroa mite biology and life history
Recorded March 9, 2020
They’re back by popular demand! Kim and Jen dive deeper into managing the most detrimental pest affecting honey bees, varroa mites (Varroa destructor). Join them for the first part of this four-part series where they discuss varroa mite biology and life history. Live participants had the opportunity to ask questions, get support, and jump-start their thinking and planning for mite management this season. These presentations are tailored to current and future beekeepers, but others with interest in honey bee health are also encouraged to watch. Join Kim and Jen and FIGHT THE MITE!
Dr. Kim Skyrm has been the Chief Apiary Inspector and Apiary Program Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources since August 2015. Prior to this appointment, Kim was a Post Doctoral Researcher at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst working with bumble bees and cranberry pollination. Kim has been working with native and managed bees, beekeepers, and farmers for the past 12 years through outreach education, research, and extension type projects. Kim is truly passionate about apiculture and ensuring the viability and sustainability of bee populations!
Jennifer Lund has a Master’s degree in Entomology from the University of Maine and has over 20 years of entomological experience. Before becoming the Maine State Apiarist in 2016, Jen was a research technician in the entomology department at the University of Maine in Orono (UMO). While at UMO, Jen worked on many honey bee projects including a national colony collapse disorder study, honey bee colony health comparisons of top bar and Langstroth hives, integrated varroa mite control effectiveness, the role of honey bees as vectors of blueberry disease, sub-lethal effects on colonies to low-level pesticide exposure, and health of migratory hives arriving in the State of Maine for blueberry pollination. Jen is passionate about honey bee health and helping beekeepers succeed. Aside from managing the honey bee inspection program and helping Maine beekeepers protect their hives, Jennifer also has several of her own hives that she maintains on her farm in Maine.