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Introduction to Beekeeping April 21, 2018 is a Course

Introduction to Beekeeping April 21, 2018

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Full course description


April 21, 2018


1 Day


Polytechnic Campus



What you'll learn:

There is a great concern for the decline of honey bee populations worldwide and many efforts have been applied to conserve the bees and the ecosystems. Bees are the main pollinators of most of agricultural crops and the value of honey bee pollination far exceeds $20 billion per year in the USA. Bees also produce honey, beeswax, royal jelly, bee venom, and collect pollen and propolis. All these products are widely used. Participants will have a hands-on practice and learn how to manage bees and how to start beekeeping. Arizona is an excellent place with suitable climate and rich flora for the honey bees. However, after the wide spread of Africanized bees, feral colonies being Africanized hobby beekeeping became a real problem in rural areas. The goal of the course is to teach basic biology of honeybees, how to start beekeeping and maintain gentle European colonies in Arizona, how to increase colonies, diagnose bee diseases and parasites, remove swarms and produce local honey. Each participant will work on the colonies, identifying eggs, larvae, pupae, honey, and pollen on the combs, learn seasonal management of the colonies, and hands-on beekeeping.

Who is this course designed for:

Hobby beekeepers, sideline beekeepers, honey lovers, 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

Osman Kaftanoglu, Ph.D.

Dr. Kaftanoglu received his PhD in apiculture from the University of California, Davis in 1983. He taught Honey bee biology and apiculture, Honey bee breeding and instrumental insemination, honey bee pathology at the Cukurova University, Adana Turkey for 20 years. He worked on queen rearing, instrumental insemination of queen bees, Varroa control, pollination and bumblebee breeding projects in Turkey. He joined ASU in 2004. He is the project manager of ASU Honey Bee Lab and co-instructor of the BIO494 Honey Bee Biology and Apiculture class.

Meeting Details

Saturday, April 21, 2018
9 am - 4:30 pm


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