In our third keynote of the year to feature emerging superstars in the field of honey bee health, MSBA is honored and excited to welcome Dr. Michelle Flenniken, microbiologist, virologist, and Assistant Professor at Montana State University. Dr. Flenniken's lab studies honey bee pathogens, including monitoring, detection and discovery with an emphasis on those that are associated with colony losses.
Dr. Flenniken has numerous publications and professional recognitions (including the Haagen-Daz Postdoctoral Fellowship!) and has discovered and investigated several honey bee viruses. She also examines the sublethal effects of agrochemicals on honey bee health. Research in the Flenniken Lab is aimed at elucidating the mechanisms in host-pathogen interactions in agriculturally important systems, including honey bees.
Most consumers might assume that they can be sure that the contents of a honey bear or a honey jar picked up at the store contain what is written on the label, but in recent years sometimes that has not been the case. This year, the MSBA worked with Del. Kathy Afzali to protect Maryland's consumers and beekeepers from the harm caused by fraudulent or adulterated honey.
Maryland now has a law, passed unanimously, that means if "honey" is on the label, that's what you are putting on your table. And you can learn more about what that matters. [details]
The Maryland State Beekeepers Association has its own license plate! If you join us, you can apply for the license plate! You also can choose which plate number you want from among those available. [more]
MSBA was founded in 1908 with the goal of educating beekeepers and the public on the importance and scientifically-informed practice of beekeeping. We welcome your support as we advocate for bees and beekeeping. [more]
Maryland's Apiary Inspectors are the guardians of hive health in our state, as well as friendly experts you can call with a question or a crisis, and they could use your help, too. [more]