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RBA Monthly Meeting – Dr Garett Slater, drones in a new perspective

October 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Garrett Slater is a PhD candidate at Purdue University and will be discussing drone fertility issues in bees. Finding a surprising percentage of drones are “duds” and may be effectively sterile (not sure yet, but more to learn about that). He also discovered potential mechanisms causing this issue. There may be a link between these poor drones and queen failures, so this is something beekeepers should begin to think about.

He has 16 years of beekeeping experience, including working for a large commercial beekeeper in North Dakota for 8 years. Prior to taking on a PhD, he did a masters on nutrition and queen quality. He also worked as a scientist and technician with the Bee Informed Partnership at the University of Minnesota for two years, where he worked directly with 30 commercial beekeepers in ND. The past few years he focused on using genomic techniques to understand drone fertility issues in commercial operations. In October, He is starting a postdoctoral fellowship at the USDA-ARS Bee Breeding lab in Baton Rouge, where he will be applying modern genetic tools to honey bee breeding.

 

 

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  • 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • TBA