May 9 meeting: Dr. Brenna Traver on Nosema ceranae

Dr. Brenna Traver

Dr. Brenna Traver

Read minutes from the meeting here.

Dr. Brenna Traver, a postdoctoral researcher in Virginia Tech’s entomology department will speak at the New River Valley Beekeepers Association meeting at 6:30 p.m. on May 9.

Traver specializes in the study of Nosema ceranae, a pathogen of the Asian honey bee that has in recent years been found in U.S. honey bees.

Traver received her Ph.D. from Tech in 2011, and has continued to do grant-funded research with Dr. Rick Fell’s team. In 2012, Traver and Fell co-authored “Low Natural Levels of Nosema ceranae in Apis mellifera queens” for the  Journal of Invertebrate Pathology.

Traver’s talk will give an overview of N. ceranae and the findings of her research so far. She will also discuss new lines of research recently funded through the Virginia Department of Agriculture.

So join us at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 S. Pepper St., Christiansburg.

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