Second Annual National Pollinator Week Webinar Series

New Research and Practical Beekeeping Applications

Bayer, in partnership with Bee Culture and Project Apis m., will again celebrate National Pollinator Week this June by hosting live webinars showcasing innovative bee health research and practical applications for improving honey bee colony health.

Researchers working on projects funded through the Healthy Hives 2020 initiative, a $1 million research effort to improve the health of honey bee colonies in the U.S. by the end of 2020, will present on a number of critical bee health issues during the second annual webinar series. New this year, they’ll be joined by beekeepers highlighting the practical applications and real-world implications of the researchers’ work in the bee health landscape.

This National Pollinator Week webinar series is an extension of Bayer’s commitment to research, education, partnerships and stewardship to address the needs of honey bees. Register to join us during National Pollinator Week via the links below and share your thoughts with us on Twitter @Bayer4CropsUS!

The webinars available this year include:


Stephen MartinWebinar #1: Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 12 – 1 P.M. EDT

Hive Management 2.0: Developing a Practical Tool for Commercial Beekeepers

Featuring Dr. Brandon Hopkins, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology at Washington State University and Brody Tomazin, Commercial Beekeeper at 2J Honey Farms and Round Valley Honey Company, and President, Idaho Honey Industry Association


Commercial beekeepers have many decisions to make each day that can have major impacts on bee health. What if there was a reliable system to track those decisions, plus evaluate the immediate and long-term impacts of those decisions? This webinar will provide an overview of a tool we are developing that does just that, seamlessly integrating into beekeepers’ workflow and optimizing ongoing management strategies for improving commercial honey bee colony health.

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Stephen MartinRandy OliverWebinar #2: Thursday, June 21, 2018, 12 – 1 P.M. EDT

The Changing Face of Deformed Wing Virus

Featuring Dr. Stephen Martin, Professor, School of Environment & Life Sciences at University of Salford, Manchester, UK and Randy Oliver, Commercial Beekeeper and Founder of ScientificBeekeeping.com


The spread of the Varroa mite has dramatically changed the viral landscape of the honey bee since the mite’s first arrival in the U.S. Research shows that the situation is continuing to evolve, as the deformed wing virus is consistently evolving, too. This webinar will briefly outline the history of this virus, its association with Varroa, how it is changing and practical insights on what this means for beekeepers.

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