Helping bees to fight back Varroa destructor mites

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Example of beehives at apiary, Apis mellifera bees are shown.

  
Dr. Marcela Gatica-Andrades


Report: Dr. Marcela Gatica-Andrades

11, April 2018

This activity is part of the research work of Dr. Patricio Vásquez-Quitral. Dr. Vásquez graduated as veterinarian and then as Doctor in Agricultural, Forestry and Livestock & Veterinary Science at Universidad de Chile. He is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Applied Chemical Science Institute at Universidad Autónoma de Chile at the lab of Professor Héctor Carrasco and Andrés Olea.


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Looking for frames to collect samples.

Honey is one of the most important products that Chile exports, thus apiculture must be a priority area to investigate and develop. The research project of Dr. Vásquez aims to develop new compounds to improve the control of the Varroa destructor mite, one of the main parasites that infect bees.

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Selecting frames of bees.
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Distribution of bees at frames (Western Honey bee).
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Observing mites at tramps.
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Mounting tramps for mites.
Photo of Brian Halligan
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This visit to the apiary is part of the regular activities of a group of beekeepers that once a week checks the apiaries located at the central area of Chile, under the guidance of Mr. Felipe Gelcich-Renard, Agronomy Engineer from the National Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA), La Platina (La Pintana, Santiago, metropolitan Region) thanks to the project GTT Apícola Pirque y San José de Maipo. In this occasion (March 2018), the apiary from Mr. Erwin Fisher located in Pirque was visited.

Dr. Marcela Gatica-Andrades
Report: Dr. Marcela Gatica-Andrades
Pictures Pirque town, Helio Díaz-Morales

11, April 2018

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This activity is part of the research work of Dr. Patricio Vásquez Quitral. Dr. Vásquez graduated as veterinarian and then as Doctor in Agricultural, Forestry and Livestock & Veterinary Science at Universidad de Chile.