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'Honey bee health' of concern at Western Apicultural Society conference
Date:6/11/2009

the health of a honey bee colony," Mussen said

On Wednesday morning, Aug. 19, participants have a choice of taking a Glen Allen apiary tour or attending an additional-cost seminar taught by bee expert, writer and instructor Larry Conner of Kalamazoo, Mich.

The tour participants will hear a talk by Anne Teller of Oak Hill Farm, Sonoma, an organic producer of field crops, flowers and baked products; and visit the Glen Ellen hilltop apiary of Serge Labesque, who will discuss demonstration hives and watering devices.

Wednesday afternoon will include lectures by three native pollinator experts. Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor at UC Davis, will discuss "Introduction to Native Bees." Neal Williams, a newly recruited faculty member of the UC Davis Department of Entomology, will cover "Native Bees in Crop Production in Eastern States." Claire Kremen, a conservation biologist at UC Berkeley and an affiliate with the UC Davis Department of Entomology, will discuss "Native Bees in Crop Production in Western States."

On Thursday morning, Aug. 20, participants will hear "Effects of Honey on Human Physiology" by Ron Fessenden of Haaddam, Kan., founder of the Committee for the Promotion of Honey and Health, Inc., and co-author of the books, "The Hibernation Diet" and "The Honey Revolution."

Also on Thursday:

  • Incoming WAS president Dewey Caron, emeritus professor of the University of Delaware, Newark, and author of the textbook "Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping," will discuss "Colony Natural History."

  • Liz Applegate, a nationally renowned expert on nutrition and fitness and member of the UC Davis Department of Nutrition faculty, will speak on "Honey and Exercise Physiology."

  • Randy Oliver, a Grass Valley beekeeper and also a part-time researcher, teacher and author, will offer "Beekeeping Tips Based on Experimental Trial and Error."

The conference ends Thursday wit
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Contact: Kathy Keatley Garvey
kegarvey@ucdavis.edu
530-754-6894
University of California - Davis
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