Dr. Alburaki is currently a Research Scientist at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Bee Research Laboratory (BRL) in Beltsville, Maryland. He is a longtime beekeeper and practiced beekeeping in many countries. He obtained his Ph.D. in honey bee genetics and behavior from the University of Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris – France. Dr. Alburaki conducted extensive studies on honey bee diversity, evolution and functional genomics during his Post-doctoral Researcher and investigated the effect of pesticides on honey bee health in Canada and the USA.
Currently his Lab at the USDA-ARS focuses on studying the effects of biotic and abiotic stressors on honey bee health and how to mitigate their negative impacts on bees. His team also investigates the causes of queen failure and poor performance from an ecological and genetic perspectives. Dr. Alburaki is also interested in develop molecular markers and novel eco-ethological methods to evaluate honey bee adaptation to local climate, forage and environmental conditions. His Lab’s ultimate objective is to develop sustainable strategies to promote and enhance honey bee health and performance in contemporary agricultural ecosystems.
Oct. 24, 2022
Winter bees, those bees that emerge during the cold winter months when there is little to no exposure to the world outside, are very different from summer bees, which emerge during the hectic and exposed to everything bees a…