Dr. Thomas E. Rinderer, Research Leader and a Research Geneticist, joined the laboratory in 1975. Since that time he has conducted a wide variety of research projects concerning Africanized bees, honey bee behavior, genetics and honey production. Currently he leads the team that is further evaluating and developing a stock of bees from the Far East of Russia that has resistance to varroa mites.

Bee Reserch Laboratory

  Gary Delatte (l) and Manley Bigalk (r, Golden Ridge Honey Farm Cresco, Iowa) Manley has participated as a cooperator in ARS Bee Lab projects since 1991, when he donated colonies, yards and time to tests involving different stocks of bees and their tracheal mite resistance. Manley has been part of the Russian bee evaluation and field tests from their start in April 1999 through the latest group in 2004. The northern location of his operation has afforded him the opportunity to also do full tracheal mite and winter tests on the Russian bees.

  Charlie Harper (Carencro, Louisiana)
"Charlie has been a cooperator in a variety of Lab projects since 1999. He is now the holder of the CRADA (Cooperative Research And Development Agreement) for the development and distribution of the Russian Breeder Queens. He has been very enthusiastic in this new role. He produced a large number of breeder queens and housed them in nucs for the 2004 release. In cooperation with the USDA Bee Lab in Baton Rouge, LA, he offered the 2006 release of Russian breeder queens. There were (2) lines available, White Blue and White Orange. They were available until July 2006. Breeder queens could be shipped in battery box or picked up at location in 4-frame 6 1/4" nucs with her brood and bees at a price of $300.00 each. Also, as the group collected more lines for inclusion into the breeding program, it needed more colonies for their annual propagation and selection. Many of Charlie’s apiaries will be used for this purpose. Charlie has decided not to treat these colonies for varroa saying "if they die, we don’t want them". This will greatly benefit the selection program but will cause Charlie to lose some colonies."

  Hubert Tubbs (Tubbs Apiaries, Mize, Mississippi)
"Hubert has been an important part of the Russian bee evaluation and field tests from their start in April 1999 through the latest group in 2004. The relatively close proximity of the Tubbs' operation has made it possible for the research crew to visit the yards on relatively short notice and evaluate the Russian bees in many different circumstances; from early spring splits, queen cell acceptance, colony buildup through honey harvest and late fall shut down and overwintering."

  "Chris Tubbs Chris' Bees Webb, Mississippi
Chris divides his beekeeping time between working with his Dad at Tubbs apiaries and taking care of his own bees."



 

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