Kelly Kulhanek: Varroa Population Growth and Spread Between Apiaries

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Kelly Kulhanek: Varroa Population Growth and Spread Between Apiaries

Dr. Kelly Kulhanek: Varroa Population Growth and Spread Between Apiaries

 

Kelly will discuss results from Bee Informed Partnership programs showing what Varroa population growth looks like in real world apiaries. She will discuss how Varroa treatments sometimes don’t work as well as we expect, and give one possible explanation why. She will finish by sharing results on a study testing bee movement between apiaries, associated increases in Varroa populations, and a potential solution: the robbing screen.

 

Kelly has a B.S in Molecular Environmental Biology from UC Berkeley. She completed her Ph.D. in Entomology in Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp’s Bee Lab at the University of Maryland. During her Ph.D. she worked with the Bee Informed Partnership to study beekeeping management practices, colony health and survival. She joined the WSU Bee Program as a postdoctoral researcher in 2020 and recently began a new role as Assistant Professor of Pollinator Research and Extension. She is building a program based on regular communication with stakeholders to address needs such as locally specific best practices for bee management and crop pollination, and is developing extension programs that will put the latest research into the hands of stakeholders.

Kelly Kulhanek: Varroa Population Growth and Spread Between Apiaries
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