Katie Lee: Queen-Rearing – Selecting Breeder Colonies
Actively selecting breeder colonies for specific traits is the difference between queen breeding and queen producing. Katie Lee will be talking about heritable traits and methods of breeder colony selection based on colony assessments.
About the Speaker
Katie Lee received her Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Minnesota Bee Lab with Dr. Marla Spivak and she currently serves on the board of the American Beekeeping Federation. Her research has focused on the parasitic mite Varroa destructor, queen health, and other metrics that indicate colony health. For the non-profit organization the Bee Informed Partnership, Katie started both the Northern California and Upper Midwest honey bee Tech-Transfer Teams that provide services for commercial beekeepers by assessing colony health, taking samples for pathogens and parasites, and testing breeding stock for disease resistance behaviors. Her current work is to examine how forage plantings affect honey bee health. Her long-term goal is to conduct research that generates practical information for beekeepers.