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WAS June 2024 Mini: Quality Drones and Africanized Bees

First Presentation: "The Importance of Drones for Quality Queens", Dr. Garrett Slater, USDA, Baton Rouge, LA

Bio: Garett Slater is a Postdoctoral Fellow for the USDA. He obtained his PhD from Purdue University in 2022, with a thesis focused on applying modern genetic tools to honey bee breeding. Previously, he completed a MS in Nutrition and Queen Quality at North Dakota State University. Garett’s current research focuses on developing genomic tools for beekeeping, including selecting for natural defenses towards Varroa, pathogens, and other diseases. He has worked as a scientist and technician with the Bee Informed Partnership at the University of Minnesota for two years, directly supporting 30 commercial beekeepers in North Dakota. Garett has 12 years of beekeeping experience, including 8 years working for a large commercial beekeeper in North Dakota. He will soon begin his new position as an Extension bee specialist at Texas A&M University.

Second Presentation: "Experiences with Africanized bees and bee removals in Arizona", Monica King, S. Arizona Beekeepers Assoc. and AZ Board member to WAS.

Bio: Monica specializes in bee removals in southern Arizona! She lives Off-Grid over a defensive missile silo (the missile has been removed), off the beaten track in the Sonoran Desert. In her spare time, she is a Native American Pottery Conservator.

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