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OSBA Live Webinar Training – Krispn Given “Fundamental Honey Bee Breeding and the Mite-biter Strain”
October 25 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PMFree
Krispn Given will share how honeybees pollinate crops and wild plants, and their services result in the production of more than 30% of the food we consume in Western societies. More than 30% of honey bee colonies have been lost yearly over the past 12 years, which has economic, ecological, and agricultural implications. In this talk, I will present an overview of our successful breeding program being conducted at Purdue University for the last 24 years, and how the Mite-biter strain is progressing. I will discuss how you can help honey bee population’s with local bee breeding.
Krispn Given is recognized as one of the leading authorities in honey bee instrumental insemination and honey bee breeding. He is the Apiculture Specialist at Purdue University’s Department of Entomology in
West Lafayette Indiana. Mr. Given started breeding bees over 27 years ago, conducting research with 250
colonies looking for solutions to improve honey bee health. He currently manages Purdue’s honey bee breed-
ing program, teaching annual queen rearing short courses in addition to managing honey bee laboratory and extension activities.
Krispn also teaches the instrumental insemination class each year at the university attracting researchers and bee breeders worldwide annually to give lectures to beekeepers and researchers at national and international conferences. His current research is focused on selecting behavioral resistance to varroa destructor by selecting bees with desirable behavioral traits, grooming, and mite-biting.