Ramesh Sagili, an associate professor of apiculture in Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, will talk about the status of honey bee health and sustainable beekeeping, Monday, March 11, at Science Pub Corvallis. The presentation will start at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in Corvallis.

To promote sustainable apiculture and pollination, Sagili’s research focuses on three primary areas: Honey bee health, honey bee nutrition and honey bee pollination. Most of Oregon State’s apiculture work is collaborative, involving commercial and backyard beekeepers, growers, the general public and universities around the globe. 

Honey bees are currently faced with numerous challenges, such as pests, diseases, viruses, poor nutrition and exposure to agrochemicals.

“Healthy and well-nourished honey bees are better equipped to deflect the negative effects of many of these stressors,” says Sagili.

To counteract them, the OSU Honey Bee Lab conducts studies that include monitoring honey bee colonies during crop pollination, improving honey bee diet by understanding the nutritional requirements of bees and developing an understanding of varroa mite populations. 

The honey bee lab provides pest and disease diagnostics services to Oregon beekeepers. The apiculture program also operates the Oregon Master Beekeepers Program to provide beekeeping education and training to interested stakeholders.

Science Pub is free and open to the public, but due to its continuing popularity, registration is required. People can register online at https://bit.ly/2W9hfRE or by calling University Events at 541-737-4717. If registration is closed (fully booked), walk-ins are welcome, but people who arrive without a ticket will not be admitted to the reserved seating area until 6 p.m.

Podcasts of previous Corvallis Science Pub events on topics such as “Technology in the Fields” and “From Wolves to the Warning to Humanity: Facing the Environmental Crisis through Science” are available at http://communications.oregonstate.edu/podcast.

Sponsors of Science Pub include Terra magazine at OSU, the Downtown Corvallis Association and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

For accommodations for disabilities or questions, contact University Events at 541-737-4717 or [email protected]

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By Ian Vorster, [email protected], 541-737-0783


Source: Ramesh Sagili, [email protected], 541-737-5460



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