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Introduction to Beekeeping - March 2019

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Full course description


March 2nd, 2019


1 Day


Polytechnic Campus



What you'll learn:

Honey bees are important creatures that pollinate our crops and help for humanity as long as recorded history. Without them, we might have not survived well. We need them and we must save them for our lives and future generations. Honey bees produce lots of products besides the pollination. Some of their main products are honey, pollen, royal jelly, propolis, beeswax and bee venom. These products are widely used in the world. It is also a good business for making money especially in US.

Participants will learn a brief summary of essentials for beekeeping they will have hands-on practice on European colonies at the ASU Bee Lab where they will learn:

  • Basic honey bee biology
  • How to start a honey bee colony
  • How to manage a honey bee colony
  • How to combat common issues beekeeping in Arizona, such as re queening an Africanized colony or providing water for bees.

Who is this course designed for:

People who are interested bees, keep bee colonies, hobby beekeepers, sideline beekeepers and bee lovers.

What you'll do:

Hands-on practice, learn how to manage bees, and learn how to start beekeeping.

Required course materials:

Please bring your own bee jacket or bee suit, bee brush, bee gloves, and smoker. Information on where to purchase these items locally will be sent by the instructor. "The Hive and the Honey Bee" (2015 edition) is the recommended reference book.

Please note class may be postponed if less than 10 students enroll.

About the instructor

Cahit Ozturk, Ph.D.

Dr. Ozturk received his Bachelor’s degree in animal science in 1993 and he has completed his Master and Ph.D. in apiculture at the University of Cukurova, Adana, Turkey. He started working with bees in 1989 while his university years with Dr. Osman Kaftanoglu. He then worked as a lecturer in Beekeeping departments at Selcuk and Nigde University in Turkey. He has taught lots of different common beekeeping classes and courses such as beekeeping, queen bee rearing, beekeeping products production, and also advanced beekeeping classes and courses such as queen bee genetics, bee breeding and instrumental insemination courses. He worked as a lecturer for 7 years at two different University beekeeping departments between 1994-2001. He also worked at a Government Research Institute in Turkey as an apiculturist, researcher and government inspector in Beekeeping department for 13 years. He worked on queen rearing, instrumental insemination of queen bees, in vitro honey bee rearing and hygienic behavior. He worked on hygienic honey bee breeding projects in Turkey. He joined ASU in 2014. He is a master beekeeper and has 30 years’ experience. He is currently the Research Technologist at ASU and is in charge of the Honey Bee Research Lab.

Meeting Details

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019
9 am - 5:00 pm


Honey Bee Research Lab
ASU Polytechnic Campus
6858 E Old Pecos Road
Mesa, AZ 85212