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Genetic testing of honey bees for UK beekeepers
A webinar hosted by the CABK

Apr 19, 2021 07:30 PM in London

A Community Interest Company (CIC)
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Speakers

Dr Mark Barnett
Expert Beekeeper and Honey Bee Research Scientist @Roslin Institute
Dr Mark Barnett is a Scottish Expert Beemaster and honey bee research scientist. He has given many public lectures on honey bee research and has found that there is great interest in honey bees amongst the general public and substantial interest in honey bee science amongst beekeepers. In 2019, he was awarded the “Inspiring Public Engagement Activity Award” by the Roslin Institute. He manages the apiary at the Easter Bush Campus of the University of Edinburgh and is the President of Edinburgh and Midlothian Beekeepers Association. Each year, he teaches on three beekeeping courses for beginners and teaches courses to help beekeepers prepare for the Basic Beekeepers Certificate and the Beekeeping Module exams. He is responsible for the Scottish Beekeepers Association Microscopy Certificate, Intermediate and Advanced Practical exams.
Matthew Richardson
Expert Beekeeper and Information Scientist @University of Edinburgh
Matthew Richardson is the manager of the University of Edinburgh Apiary Project at the Science and Engineering campus, which supports research and teaching work. He is the Science and Health Officer on the board of the Scottish Beekeepers’ Association, and has a strong theoretical and practical background in beekeeping, having qualified as a Scottish Expert Beemaster. He is also an examiner for the Basic Beekeeping Certification programme, and tutors students for the SBA examination modules. Matthew is on the committee of the Edinburgh and Midlothian Beekeepers' Association. He is responsible for managing swarm control within Edinburgh and the Lothians, and has written a web-app to allow the general public to identify the bees and wasps they encounter¹. He is involved in teaching the EMBA beginners' courses, and looks after the association's website and IT needs. His background is in software engineering, with particular focus on 'big data" management and analysis.
Dr David Wragg
Population Geneticist and Bioinformatician @Roslin Institute
Dr David Wragg is a research scientist at the Roslin Institute with expertise in statistical genetics and bioinformatics. Prior to joining the Roslin Institute he was based at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, leading the analyses on a project to characterise honey bee population genetics throughout France. He has authored a number of scientific articles on various livestock species including honey bees. The breadth of this research includes characterising population genetic structure and admixture, identifying genetic associations for traits under selection, environmental adaptation, modeling gene-gene interactions and differences in gene expression in response to genotype and stimuli.