Seminar on Honeybee Genetics, Health & Queen Rearing

Puget Sound Beekeeping Association is excited to present a day of learning from Susan Cobey, honeybee researcher from the University of California-Davis.  Susan is an acknowledged world expert in the field of honeybee breeding with over 30 years experience in establishing and managing a closed population breeding program.  Susan has developed techniques and equipment for the field of instrumental insemination of honeybees. She will also be discussing honeybee health – including information about colony collapse disorder (CCD) and the short and long-term approaches to maintaining honeybee health.

Schedule and Topics include:

  • 9:30 – 10:00: Coffee and Meet & Greet
  • 10:00 -10:50: The importance of Genetic Diversity
  • 10:50 – 11:40: Queen Rearing Systems
  • 11:40 – 12:30: Honeybee Health, Short & Long Term Approaches
  • 12:30 – 2:00: Lunch
  • 2:00 – 2:50: Selection & Breeding, Resistance to Pests & Disease
  • 2:50 – 3:40: Instrumental Insemination
  • 3:40 – 4:30: Questions & Discussion

Registration is $20 per person and is available on the day of the event, which is at the  Graham Visitor Center at the Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive East.  For questions, contact Nancy Beckett at  206-937-5583 or


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