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Entomology: UGA Honey Bee Program

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Lab buzzes during weekend of drone collections and queen inseminations

Sue Cobey, world-wide consultant on honey bee breeding, genetics and instrumental insemination, visited our UGA honey bee laboratory Thursday through Sunday (Jun 5-8, 2014).

Sue instrumentally inseminated the queens being raised for the joint Emory-UGA study on potential variation of Varroa Destructor virulence between feral, lightly managed and heavily managed bee colonies. The queens had been grafted from breeder stock by Jennifer Berry and Nicholas Weaver less than three weeks earlier.

The Emory & UGA staffs were augmented by volunteers from the Forsyth County Beekeepers and Eastern Piedmont Beekeepers in order to accomplish the huge amount of work in just a few days.

Sue hails from a scenic island near Seattle, Washington. She holds dual posts at the University of California - Davis and Washington State University, as well as offers services as a private consultant. She regularly trains beekeepers, research scientists and their staff in honey bee insemination, bee breeding, and queen rearing techniques. She is also well known for her own closed-population breeding program of New World Carniolan bees.


Read more about Sue:

Bee Breeder-Geneticist Susan Cobey Accepts Dual Appointment: UC Davis and WSU

Building a Better Bee: New World and Old World Unite

Sue Cobey - curriculum vitae




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