This year’s Convention at the Kona Kai in San Diego was a record-breaker! Researchers from all over the United States presented the latest scientific advancements and seasoned, professional beekeepers presented practical insights into hive management. Attendees ranged from multigenerational commercial beekeepers to brand-new beekeepers just starting their first hives. Many beekeepers brought the whole family, including children, to the convention.
The CSBA once again participated this year with a booth at the Annual Almond Conference in Sacramento, held December 6-8th. A huge “thanks” was given from the Almond Board Staff for our booth presentation and live observation hive. The observation hive was a big draw and topic of many conversations.
We have made significant progress in the development of a Varroa mite biocontrol strategy.Over the last 10 months we have successfully developed methodologies for isolation, genetic characterization, and toxicity assays (in vitro and host-associated) of candidate Bacillus thuringiensis (BT) strains.
Greetings: It seems there is some other big event happening near Shelter Island during our November Convention, and lodging space is tight everywhere. If you plan to attend and have not yet booked lodging, please do so right away, it’s only going to get harder as time passes.