This presentation will predominantly focus on current research pertaining to honey bee nutrition and varroa mites. Few ongoing miscellaneous honey bee research projects will also be discussed briefly.

Presenter: Ramesh Sagili, Oregon State University

Dr. Ramesh Sagili is an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. He obtained his PhD in Entomology from Texas A&M University in 2007 specializing in honey bee research. His primary research focus at Oregon State University is honey bee health, nutrition and pollination. He works closely with the state stakeholders (both beekeepers and producers). He initiated the creation of Oregon Master Beekeeper Program and chaired the Oregon Governor’s Task Force on Pollinator Health. He has strived to establish a vibrant and dynamic honey bee research and extension program at OSU to cater the needs of beekeepers and producers. His research program addresses both basic and applied questions to improve honey bee health and nutrition, and hence majority of his research projects are collaborative efforts involving stakeholders. He has authored several important research and extension publications including the popular extension publication and app titled “How to reduce bee poisoning from pesticides” that is being used by many beekeepers, growers and pesticide consultants/applicators in the country. He recently received the Entomological Society of America’s Pacific Branch Research Award and Eastern Apicultural Society’s Outstanding Research Award.