Dr. Miriam Bixby
For the last 10 years, Miriam has worked on large scale bee projects with Dr. Foster’s honey bee research team out of UBC. Miriam has focused her research on the social and economic aspects of bringing effective and accessible new integrated pest management tools to the industry through a series of industry surveys and focus groups across the country. Miriam and her colleagues developed the Canadian Queen Bee breeding Reference Guide that is available on the CAPA and CHC websites for beekeepers and breeders. Today Miriam is going to talk about the breeding guide and also share some of her recent findings from a study in collaboration with Dr. Marta Guarna from AAFC and others looking at the costs of queen production in Canada and hopes to engage many of you in conversations about your experiences and insights with bee breeding in British Columbia. Miriam is also looking to engage some interested beekeepers in in-depth interviews over the next few months about colony health management and treatment for a new bee project. If you are interested in participating please find Miriam after her talk.