Saturday, August 27th
Doors will open at 3:30 PM with refreshments, and the talk will begin promptly at 4 PM.

Penn State Extension of Allegheny County
400 North Lexington Street, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15208-2585
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Topic: “What we know about pesticides and what we can do to protect our bees”

Speaker: Maryann Frazier

Pesticides, particularly neonicotinoids such as imidacloprid, are being blamed for CCD and pollinator decline in the US and Europe.  Are pesticides a serious problem for our honey bees? Which pesticides are involved and how are they impacting our bees?   More importantly, what can we do to protect them? These topics will be discussed by Maryann Frazier, who is a member of a PSU team looking at the impacts of pesticides on honey bee declines and CCD.
Maryann received her B. S. in Agriculture Education from Penn State University in 1980. In 1983 she completed a Masters of Agriculture in Entomology, specializing in apiculture. She has worked as the assistant state apiary inspector in Maryland and for two years as a beekeeping specialist in Africa and Central America. For the past 22 years she has held the position of Senior Extension Associate in the Department of Entomology at Penn State and is responsible for honey bee extension throughout the state and cooperatively across the Mid-Atlantic region. She is working collaboratively with other members of PSU Department of Entomology to understand how pesticides are impacting honey bees and other pollinators. In addition she is working with a team of US, Kenyan and Brazilian researchers to understand the impacts of newly introduced Varroa mites on different East African honey bee subspecies and help Kenyan beekeepers become more productive. She teaches courses in beekeeping, general entomology and teacher education and is involved in the Entomology Department’s innovative public outreach program.