Maryann Frazier Talk – Update on Pesticides Found in Pittsburgh Hives

Friday, April 6, 2012
Doors will open at 6:30 PM with refreshments, and the talk will begin promptly at 7 PM.
Penn State Extension of Allegheny County
400 North Lexington Street, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15208-2585
(Please check-in at the security office)
RSVP is required to attend, so please visit our EventBrite page for this event in order to get your ticket for attendance.
Topic: Last Fall, Burgh Bees teamed up with Maryann to take a look at pesticide use and accumulation of these pesticides in honey bee colonies around the Pittsburgh area.  Pollen and wax were sampled from nearly 20 hives in three locations in the Pittsburgh area and analyzed.  Burgh Bees was one of two clubs chosen to work on this study with Penn State, the other being a club in California.  So come out and find out if pesticides are having an impact on your hive in Pittsburgh!
Speaker(s): Maryann Frazier and her student Brian Bates
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.

For more general information about this workshop/lecture, please contact Burgh Bees at[email protected].