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Beeology: Honeybee Science from Theory to Practice (NEW)


Beekeeping is an ancient human practice that is becoming increasingly important in recent years, due to the stark decline of both wild and farmed bee populations, as well as their role as the major pollinators of several natural and agricultural habitats.  

The summer course is designed to supply the growing demand for science-based best beekeeping practices, and it is aimed at students and also to those interested in learning more about honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) biology.  

The course content includes knowledge about the history of beekeeping, apiculture legislation, basic bee biology, plant science and pollination, genetics, metabolism and nutrition, pathology, bee welfare, colony collapse disorder, and several aspects of honey production, including its harvest and quality assessment. Theory classes will be combined with practical sessions at the UABee apiary and UAB laboratories.  

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