Nosema conference 2010

Date: Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th June 2010

Venue: Agriculture Lecture Theatre, Room G013, Agriculture Institute, University of Western Australia and associated laboratory. Look for the honeybee on this Google Map

Directions: Vehicles can be parked off-campus in Myers Street, Fairway or Parkway, Nedlands, within 5 minutes walk. There are no parking restrictions on Saturdays and Sundays. Closest access is to enter the campus by walking along the laneway alongside 14-16 Fairway, and then follow the bee boxes and signs to the venue.

Costs: Registration fee is A$ 60 and can be paid on the day and includes morning and afternoon teas.

For catering purposes, it would be very helpful to notify your intention to attend by phoning Wayne Ridley (08-9419-4693, or 0408-935-347), Peter Detchon (08-9295-5876, or 0428-936-797), or Rodolfo Jaffe (08-6488-4511) as soon as possible.

Participants are advised that for safety reasons, closed footwear is required for all access to the laboratories, and that smoking restrictions apply in most areas of the campus.

All beekeepers and other interested persons are welcome to attend.


SATURDAY 12th June
8.00am Registration (tea and coffee available)
8.25am Wayne Ridley (Chairman WABA): Introduction
8.30am Yan Peng, (CIBER, UWA): Introduction to Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae parasites of honeybees and their life cycle; honeybee gut anatomy; clinical symptoms of infection.
9.10am Juanse Barros (Chile): My experience: 4 years battling Nosema.
9.50am Rob Manning (CIBER, DAFWA): A survey of Nosema in managed and feral beehives throughout Western Australia.
10.30am Morning Tea break
11.00am Randy Oliver (USA): Importance of measuring infection levels by spore counting. Recomended sampling methodology.
11.40am FORUM, Chaired by Prof Ben Oldroyd (Univ Sydney/RIRDC) Observed and suspected impacts of Nosema infection on beekeeping and industry productivity globally, and particularly in USA, Chile, Eastern and Western Australia. Participants: Randy Oliver; Juanse Barros; Dr Rob Manning; Yan Peng.
12.30pm Lunch break
1.15pmPractical sessions. 3 Groups rotating every half hour
  1. Laboratory session preparing spores suspension, and counting the spores per bee.
  2. Guided tour of CIBER bee research facilities: Beeyard and Artificial Insemination Lab
  3. Guided tour of CIBER bee research facilities: Biochemistry
3.30pm Afternoon tea break
4.00pm General Discussion on Nosema: eg. Management decisions based on spore counting results. Bee treatment options - both conventional and alternative. Equipment disinfection options. Apiary layout to minimise Nosema infection. Bee breeding and selection for Nosema tolerance or resistance.
5.00pm Close. It is suggested that workshop participants can adjourn for dinner and a social evening to the ground level of the nearby Broadway Shopping Centre, (5 mins walking distance), where there are several ethnic restaurants and a Tavern, sharing a communal undercover seating and dining area.
8.00am Tea and coffee available on arrival
8.30am Prof Ben Oldroyd, (Univ Sydney): The Cape Bee calamity in South Africa.
9.30am Yan Peng (CIBER, UWA): Overview of other important disease/parasite infections affecting bee populations
10.15am Morning tea break
10.45am Lizzy Lowe (CIBER, UWA): Immunity in feral and managed bees in Western Australia
11.45am Afon Edwards (Beekeeper, WA): Selecting bees for hygienic behaviour. Description and demonstration of a simple field test. Progress made by WA Hygienic Bees group to date.
12.15pm Lunch break
1.30pm Dr Maria Alejandra Lopez (Veterinarian, Chile): Therapis: The beekeeping side of animal health..
2.15pm Randy Oliver (Beekeeper, USA): More bee die-offs in USA in 2010. Current thinking on causes and possible solutions.
3.00pm Boris Baer (Coordinator, CIBER, UWA): Overview of CIBER and its research activities.
3.30pm Afternoon tea break
4.00pm Dr Rodolfo Jaffe (CIBER, UWA): Using pheromone traps to improve honeybee breeding.
4.45pm Boris Baer (Coordinator, CIBER, UWA): Summing up of workshop outcomes. Future prospects for bees, beekeepers and beekeeping research.
5.00pm Close

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