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March 16, 2014

Lower Eastern Shore Beekeepers Association Guest Speaker Elizabeth (Izzy) Hill

Lower Eastern Shore Beekeepers Association

Salisbury, Maryland

 

The Lower Eastern Shore Beekeepers Association is pleased to announce that Elizabeth (Izzy) Hill with the Center for Urban Bee Research and the Mid-Atlantic Apicultural Research and Education Consortium (MAAREC) will speak to the association at their monthly meeting on June 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm.  Meetings are held at the University of Maryland Extension Office for Wicomico County, 28647 Old Quantico Road, Salisbury, Maryland.

Hill will speak on the use of nematodes to control small hive beetles (“SHB”).  Used appropriately in proper conditions studies have shown that the use of beneficial nematodes can reduce SHB pupae in the soil by over 85% (Ellis et al, 2010).

Attendees will be taught which species of nematodes have been most successful in controlling SHB, how to raise their own nematodes and how to utilize them to control SHB.  They will also be given the opportunity to participate in a research project on the efficacy of utilizing nematodes to combat SHB in the field.

Those that choose to participate will be given the needed research materials including nematodes.  All who participant will receive information on how their results compare to other beekeepers in the study.

The Lower Eastern Shore Beekeepers Association meets on a monthly basis the second Wednesday of every month to educate and mentor its members and the public on beekeeping, to promote the importance of honey bees and responsible, sustainable beekeeping.  All meeting are open to the public and anyone interested in honeybees and beekeeping is invited to attend.

For more information please visit our website at lowershorebeekeepers.org.

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