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Spring 2014 Newsletter
Purdue's Bee Lab, led by Dr. Greg Hunt is a part of a newly-formed organization called Heartland Honey Bee Breeders Cooperative [HHBBC]. Their goal is to produce bees who are gentle, healthy and can overwinter successfully. A recent article in Bee Culrure magazine reports on last fall's collaboration on campus "to inseminate virgin queens . . . with semen collected from Purdue stock" which exhibits certain desirable traits.
The article, entitled "Quality Queens" was written by Ginger Davidson and is featured in the September 2014 issue of the magazine. It states, "As National Pollinator Week was kicking off around the nation, HHBBC members recently came together at the Purdue University Bee Lab. Braving the hot and humid Indiana weather, queen breeders from Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania arrived to collaborate with Greg Hunt and Krispn Given from the lab . . .
"Although six insemination devices were often in simultaneous operation during the week, Krispn Given was the primary person collecting semen from drones and inseminating the breeder queens for this project. His schedule over the five days was long, often arriving early and staying late. The hard work paid off, though. When he finished there were 74 inseminated breeder queens; great job Krispn!"
Tom TurpinOn Six LegsMarch 26, 2015
Time has been so important to humans that we have been keeping track of it in some way for thousands of years. The earliest approach to chronicling time was probably related to obvious cycles in nature such as day and night, the phases of the moon and the changing of seasons. We may have scratched a mark on something or dropped a small stone in a container each time the sun rose or the growing season ended as a way to tally days or years.
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Coffee Break on March 25th honored special guest Judy Loven who is retiring from her position as State Director of the USDA-APHIS program at the end of the month. Judy has held this position in excess of twenty years and is looking forward to returning to her native Lone Star State to pursue other interests.
We all wish Judy happiness as we bid her goodbye. To see others in the department expressing their best wishes, click on this link:
On Friday, March 20, 2015, Dr. Clémentine Dabire from Burkina Faso in Africa was presented with a plaque recognizing her special efforts and success with the PICS program. Department Head Steve Yaninek made the presentation. Clémentine is pictured here with Dieudonné Baributsa, who is directing the PICS 3 program.