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Queen Bee Rearing (In-person)

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Full course description


October 9, 2021


2 Days


Polytechnic Campus




What you'll learn:

The queen bee is the most important individual in a honey bee colony. She maintains a colony by laying 1500-2000 eggs per day in the spring and summer. Participants will learn about the many factors that contribute to rearing quality queens.

Course Objectives:

  • Grafting larvae for queen rearing
  • Understanding mating boxes and nucleus colonies
  • How to handle virgin and mated queens
  • How to mark and successfully introduce a queen to a colony
  • Basic beekeeping techniques
  • Hands-on practices with docile European colonies at the ASU Bee Lab<.li>

This course is designed for:

  • Hobby and commercial beekeepers.
  • The participants need to bring their own bee suits and gloves.
  • Coffee, appetizers and easy lunch will be provided.

Please note this course may be cancelled if less than 3 students enroll.

About the instructor

Cahit Ozturk, Ph.D.

Dr. Ozturk received his Bachelor’s degree in animal science in 1993 and completed his Masters and Ph.D. in apiculture at the University of Cukurova, Adana, Turkey. His journey working with bees started in 1989 as an undergraduate. He has since taught many courses on beekeeping, queen rearing, and honey bee products. He has also taught advanced beekeeping courses such as queen bee rearing, bee breeding and instrumental insemination as a lecturer for 7 years at the beekeeping departments of two different universities. He worked in a government research institute in Turkey as an apiculturist and researcher in the beekeeping department for 13 years where he further developed expertise in queen rearing, instrumental insemination, in vitro rearing and hygienic behavior. His work also included hygienic honey bee breeding projects. Dr. Ozturk joined ASU in 2014 where he works as the Research Technologist and manager of the honeybee research laboratory. As a master beekeeper with over 30 years of experience Dr. Ozturk shares his knowledge and expertise in his ASU beekeeping courses.

Meeting Details

Saturday, October 9, 2021 - Sunday, October 10, 2021
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


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

Location is at West & South corner of the ASU Polytechnic campus. If you have difficulty to find the course location communicate with instructor by email