Managing pests and diseases is the number one reason beekeepers reach out to the Cornell University Honeybee Research and Extension Program for support. In this course you will gain knowledge about honey bee immunity as well as how to apply Integrated Pest Management (IPM) principles to prevent and control all known pests, parasites, and pathogens that interfere with honeybee health and productivity. As a result, you'll feel confident in your ability to monitor, diagnose, and control specific problems in your colonies as you learn how to be proactive and take charge of the health of your bee operation.This is the third in a series of courses that equip beekeepers at the hobby, sideliner, and commercial level with the concepts, knowledge, and best management practices needed to pass the written, oral and field components of Cornell University's Master Beekeeper Certification.
Students enrolled in this course will learn
Explore how honey bees naturally combat infections through immune function and social behavior
Apply the benefits of Integrated Pest Management
Identify, prevent, and control
Pests and parasites
- Explore what we can learn from and how we can protect native bees
How It Works
Who Should Enroll
This course is perfect for beekeepers with at least three years of experience who are seeking advanced depth and breadth of knowledge to increase the success of their colonies, improve their skills in the bee yard, and gain credibility as a resource in the beekeeping community. Beekeepers who are interested in expanding their operation and extending their business opportunities will also benefit from this course.