Full course description
What you'll learn:
The queen bee is the most important individual in a bee colony. She establishes a colony by laying 1500-2000 per day in Spring and summer time and releases queen pheromone to control the worker bees. If the queen reared from good breeder and mated with drones from good breeder sources then she can be good queen for a colony. There are many factors for rearing a quality queens. If you provide these conditions at your apiary or if you rear your own queens you can control the phenotype and genotype depending on your requirement and aims. Further, the timing of re-queening is important for technical beekeeping, swarm and production.
Participants will learn:
- How to graft larvae for queen rearing
- About mating boxes and nucleus colonies
- How to handle the virgin and mated queens
- How to mark a queen, clip her wing, and introduce a queen to a colony successfully
- Basic beekeeping techniques will also be covered
Who is this course designed for:
People who have 1-2 year or more beekeeping experience, hobby beekeepers, commercial beekeepers.
Please note class may be postponed if less than 5 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.
Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, 2019
9 am - 5:00 pm
Honey Bee Research Lab
ASU Polytechnic Campus
6858 E Old Pecos Road
Mesa, AZ 85212