Bee Health Unit staff enhance their pollinator trials expertise

Bee health unit staff participate in laboratory work during the workshop

Bee health unit staff participate in laboratory work during the workshop

Over 20 participants from the US and Europe, including external experts and local beekeepers, attended a 2-day workshop last week at SynTech’s main Field Research Station at Sanger, California.

In-field experience provides valuable training for bee health unit staff

In-field experience provides valuable training for bee health unit staff

The event focused on higher tier testing, and included presentations, discussions and plenty of laboratory and in-field experience. Topics covered included bee biology, ecology, testing and sampling methods, risk assessment (studies and exposure scenarios), residue studies (sampling crops, hives and bees) and side-effect assessments.

The experience will further equip SynTech staff to carry out extensive pollinator trials programs in 2014.