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University of Illinois Short Course
Bees and Beekeeping
Saturday, April 7, 2018

(Note: this course is offered every other year; therefore, the next course is scheduled to take place in April 2018.)

Lectures, hands-on workshops, and informal discussions on:

  • Bee Anatomy
  • Bee Breeding & Genetics
  • Bee Diseases, Parasites and Pests
  • Bee Health
  • Bee Learning
  • Bee Nutrition
  • Colony Collapse Disorder
  • Pesticides & Bees
  • Pollination
  • Sting Allergies
  • Swarm Control
  • Wintering in the Midwest
  • Beginners Track: introduction to beekeeping and colony management
  • Advanced Track: queen rearing

INSTRUCTORS: Prof. Gene Robinson, Prof. May Berenbaum, and Members of the University of Illinois Bee Research Facility staff

GUEST INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Berry, Apicultural Research Coordinator and Lab Manager for the University of Georgia Honey Bee Program

LOCATION: Bee Research Facility and Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology—both new, state-of-the-art buildings. The Bee Research Facility has specially designed flight cages that will allow us to do hands-on bee work indoors regardless of the weather. Those choosing to participate in the hands-on activities must bring and wear their own protective veils, suits, or gloves. Non-participants can view from outside the flight cages.

FEE: $100 (includes course materials and refreshments)

DATES & TIMES: Saturday, April 7, 8:30 AM 4:30 PM

REGISTRATION: https://apps.atlas.illinois.edu/FormBuilderSurvey/Survey/las/entomology/bsc_2018_payment

For further information, email Tish Cundiff: lcundiff@illinois.edu    Phone: (217) 265-7614         

Or, write/send your name, address, phone number, email, and check to:

c/o Tish Cundiff
Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1206 W. Gregory, Room 2414
Urbana, IL 61801


Sponsored by:
Dept. of Entomology, University of Illinois
School of Integrative Biology, University of Illinois
Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois
Dadant and Sons


Gene Robinson initiated the University of Illinois Bees and Beekeeping Short course in 1997. The course is supported by the Department of Entomology, the Center for Economic Entomology at the Illinois Natural History Survey, and the Illinois Cooperative Extension Service; it is staffed by members of Robinson's research group, colleagues from the department and other parts of campus, and outside specialists. The course features lectures and workshops on many important topics for beginning and advanced beekeepers including mite control, sting allergies, and queen rearing. A unique feature of the course is the opportunity to learn about the exciting new research on honey as a nutraceutical performed here by a research team led by May Berenbaum. Another feature of the course is the opportunity for participants to join research teams and perform real experiments with honey bees as "citizen scientists." Response to the course has been very enthusiastic, and was offered for the fourth consecutive year this past summer. The course fits well with a new emphasis on university outreach, and we can expect it will be just the first of several outreach courses offered by our department.

Beekeepers get some hands on experience at a hive
Professor May Berenbaum lectures on the
nutraceutical properties of honey