Time to Plant Seeds for Bees

Billy Synk, PAm’s Director of Pollination Programs, tells us why it’s a good idea for almond growers to plant forage for honey bees.  Planting occurs in the fall.  Billy can be reached at Billy@projectapism.org for more information.  To hear his brief 2+ minute radio interview, click here.

Positions Open for Tech Transfer Teams

The Technical Transfer Teams of the Bee Informed Partnership are looking for motivated applicants.  Check out their job posting here!

 

 

Canadian PAm-Costco Scholarship Announcement

Project Apis m. (PAm) and Costco (Canada) Wholesale Corporation have collaborated to sponsor a competitive scholarship program for a Ph.D. – level graduate student in Canada.  The purpose of the Costco Scholar Program is to ensure the continuity of honey bee health scientists and specialists in the academic and research world.  The fellowship intends to develop and contribute to the sustainability of the beekeeping industry and assure its future contributions to agriculture, where many crops depend upon pollination for success.  The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are, or will be, pursuing research-based doctoral degrees in fields within the Project Apis m. mission of enhancing colony health and improving crop production.  Click the links below for more information:

PAm-Costco (Canada) Announcement 2016

PAm-Costco (Canada) Scholar Application 2016

Healthy Hives 2020 Grant Winners Announced

Project Apis m. is very pleased to announce that we have been asked to administer the production research funds for the National Honey Board! Starting in 2017, PAm will manage the NHB funds ($0.015/lb) collected by federal marketing order with a focus on maintaining the health of honey bee colonies. In 2016, these funds were $416K. Uniting our efforts moves us one big step closer to harmonizing the many opportunities in our industry: to propose, review, support, and direct research projects efficiently and for the greatest benefit. Proposals received and funded by PAm and NHB have much in common, reflecting our similar interests in supporting the industry. By combining our efforts, there is one less round of independent writing and reviewing proposals AND ALSO the opportunity to connect funding and ideas with much broader resources, everyone wins!

Read about the projects that have been awarded funding!

HH2020 Grant Winner Announcement

National Honey Board and PAm to Merge Research Efforts

Firestone, Colorado, June 8, 2016 – Project Apis m. (PAm) and the National Honey Board (NHB) are pleased to announce that PAm will be administering the NHB production research funds starting in 2017.

Merging efforts means one less round of work for all of our hardworking bee researchers who write proposals, scientific reviewers who read them, and selection committees and administrators who see these processes through. In addition, it will afford us opportunities to see a broader spectrum of projects, put together ideas that have the potential for synergy, and access deeper resources when necessary for projects that may need larger time or money commitments. Increased efficiency to fund and direct honey bee research will save all involved time and money.

Read the full Press Release here: NHB _PAm_PressRelease_2016

Project Apis m. Announces New PAm-Costco Scholar

Congratulations to the new PAm-Costco Scholar, Morgan Carr Markell! We had an exceptionally competitive field of applicants and wish we could fund them all!  Morgan is bright, determined, and an excellent communicator with a variety of audiences and we couldn’t be more excited about awarding her this scholarship.  Morgan is working on her PhD at the University of Minnesota, studying honey bee usage of native prairie plants. The award is $150,000 over three years, a significant investment in the future of honey bee research.  Watch for Morgan to do great things!

Morgan

Job opening – Bee Breeding Apiarist

A honey bee breeding project focused on Varroa resistance in commercially desirable bees has started in Hilo, Hawaii.

We are currently looking for two motivated apiarists to staff the project.  For more information, click on the link:

Bee Breeding Apiarist

Did we Hit the Jackpot?

“This could be a game changer for honey bee colony health,” says Grass Valley beekeeper and biologist Randy Oliver.  “Dr. Stephen Martin may have hit the jackpot.”  Randy, as a PAm science advisor, brought Dr. Martin’s research proposal to PAm and encouraged our organization to fund this research.  It was money well spent, to discover variants in Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) and to better understand the interaction between DWV and Varroa.  Click here  to read the article we published in Almond Facts

PAm Board Press Release April 2016

PAm announces two new appointments to the Board of Directors. Read more about Dr. Gary Shilling and Pat Heitkam below:

PAm Board Press Release April 2016

2016 Almond Bloom Spray Issues Survey

Are you a beekeeper who pollinated almonds in 2016 and experienced significant brood loss?  

If so, you’re not alone!  You are encouraged to complete a brief survey  – find it here.  

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