Join us for an afternoon with Jose Villa, Ph.D. Dr. Villa proposes a series of discussions title, “Separating Beekeeping Myths, Beliefs and Reality.” Dr. Villa will outline central points, and then invite audience participation and questions.
Pitfalls of natural beekeeping after CCD
Where IPM fits and does not fit in beekeeping
Local queen production – costs, benefits, stocks, mating control
Breeding as a solution to pests and parasites
Jose Villa will be joined by John Gagne of Santa Fe who will present his experience in over-wintering nucs in our region for the sustainable apiary. The ABQ Beeks Mites Panel will discuss their experiences with various treatment options for varroa mite control.
Dr. Villa has conducted research on Africanized bees and on breeding bees that are resistant to tracheal and varroa mites. Formerly with the US Department of Agriculture’s Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics & Physiology Research Laboratory in Baton Rouge, LA, he is now retired and operates Cottonwood Creek Apiaries in Crestone, CO.