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Pests And Predators Research

2021 Asian Giant Hornet Update with Sven-Erik Spichiger (S3, E45)

April 5, 2021

In this episode, we have a return visit with Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Sven-Erik Spichiger, to see how our honey bees’ newest threat, The Giant Asian Hornet, did last season in the Pacific Northwest. The A…

Beekeeper Profile Research

Research for Hire with Jessie & Bobby Louque (S3, E41)

March 8, 2021

Today, we talk with Jessie and Bobby Louque, of Louque Agricultural Enterprises.  Testing the interactions of pesticides and honey bees is what this company does on a daily basis. They have combined their passion for bees wi…

Beekeeper Profile Education Research

Boris Baer - Center for Integrative Bee Research (S3, E40)

March 1, 2021

Our guest this week is Boris Baer, Professor of Entomology at UC Riverside. Boris is the recent recipient of a $900,000 grant from the University of California’s Office of the President.  He is the Principal Investigator of …

Beekeeper Profile Natural Beekeeping Methods & Management Research

The Importance of Propolis and More with Dr. Marla Spivak (S3, E33)

Jan. 11, 2021

Marla Spivak is a honey bee researcher at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Her work has covered a variety of subjects over the years including queen breeding and disease prevention and lately she has been working …

Pests And Predators Research

Holiday Replay: Dr. Sam Ramsey & The Varroa Mite (S3, E31)

Dec. 28, 2020

On this special Holiday Replay, we bring back one of our favorite episodes from the first season, when we invited Dr. Sam Ramsey to the podcast to talk about the Varroa Mite. Sam Ramsey is a life long entomologist. His inter…

Beeswax Research

Comb Building & More: Michael Smith, Ph.D with Kirsten (S3, E20)

Oct. 12, 2020

In this week’s episode, guest cohost, Kirsten Traynor, editor of , talks with Michael Smith, Ph.D. Michael grew up in Panama, then went to boarding school in Wales, where he chanced upon a beekeeper with honey in a hallway. …

Pollination Management Research

Almond Contracts: An Economist's Analysis with Brittney Goodrich, Ph.D (S3, E19)

Oct. 5, 2020

In this episode, we invited Dr. Brittney Goodrich to discuss what her research has found in almond pollination contracts.  Brittney is a Cooperative Extension Specialist at the University of California, Davis. She is an Agri…

Author Research

Bee Optimism with Dr. Jay Evans (S3, E10)

Aug. 3, 2020

Dr. Jay Evans is the Research Leader at the USDA Honey Bee Research Lab in Beltsville Maryland. He and the resident scientists there are involved in many projects, including mite studies, nutrition supplements for bees, quee…

Pests And Predators Research

Dr. Samuel Ramsey - Tracking The Tropilaelaps & More (S3, E8)

July 20, 2020

Dr. Sam Ramsey joins us again to share what he has found from his most recent work on Tropilaelaps mites in Thailand. He has been looking at the history of this mite’s movement around the world, the biology and its life cycl…

Products & Devices Research

World Bee Count with James Wilkes and Joseph Cazier (S3, E6)

July 6, 2020

In this episode, we talk with James Wilkes and Joseph Cazier from , who spearheaded the World Bee Count program just completed this spring. Bee Count is an annual event that aims to identify pollinators around the world and …

Guest: James Wilkes
Pollination Science Research

Pollinator Week Series: The PolliNation Nation & More with Dr. Andony Melathopoulos (S3, E3)

June 24, 2020

Andony Melathopoulos is the Pollinator Health Extension Specialist for Oregon State University. He’s not just about honey bees, but every pollinator out there. But honey bees are a big part of what he does because of the mul…

Beekeeper Profile Education Research

The BeeMD and More with Dr. Jamie Ellis (S2, E34)

June 15, 2020

This week, we talk with Dr. Jamie Ellis, from the University of Florida about The BEEMD website, the UoF Bee Lab, Coloss, research, teaching and his extension work! All his work is centered on honey bees, is beekeeper driven…

Queens & Queen Management Research

Tucka Saville - Loving The Queen Bee with Kirsten Traynor (S2, E31)

May 22, 2020

Guest co-host and 2 Million Blossoms Editor, Kirsten Traynor and Tucka Saville chat this week, talking about treatment free beekeeping, having bees in Florida and Upstate New York, raising queens with Michael Palmer in Vermo…

Queens & Queen Management Research

Queen and Drone Viability, Honey Fraud and Apimondia with Dr. Jeff Pettis (S2, E27)

May 1, 2020

Dr. Jeff Pettis left the USDA some time ago to pursue other avenues of research. His current work is studying issues with queens, primarily longevity, affect of pesticides, virus interactions, shipping problems and more. Rel…

Guest: Jeff Pettis
Habitat, Forage, Research

Earth Day Special with Jonathan Lundgren Ecdysis Foundation (S2, E26)

April 21, 2020

Fifty years ago today, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, there was a celebration of the very first Earth Day, sponsored by then Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, who had organized the event as a teach-in on campuses…