Introduction to Microscopy for Beekeepers

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Date(s) - 24/03/2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Royal Agricultural University


A one day lab based workshop – Saturday 24th March 2018  – 

Flyer: Introduction to microscopy flyer 2018

It is always a pleasure to observe the activity at the hive entrance. Do you ever wonder where your
bees are foraging, what flowers are they visiting and what the resultant honey will be? Or when the
activity at the hive entrance is not as expected, what the reasons for this may be?

These questions can be answered by assessing samples of bees, pollen or honey under the
microscope, which is a valuable additional skill for beekeepers particularly for those who are
interested in disease identification, understanding honeybee biology, bee breeding, pollen and
honey identification.

During this one day workshop, we will cover some of the main practical aspects of microscopy
related to beekeeping. The attendees will be able to learn and practice how to:
• Set up and use compound and dissecting microscopes
• Prepare and stain pollen reference slides
• Extract pollen from honey sample and identify its floral composition
• Perform dissection for acarine mite
• Test for adult bees disease (Nosema and Amoeba)
• Assess bee strain and breeding purity (Cubital index)

The workshop will be limited to 14 participants, in a lab session that will include some theory to give
the attendees the understanding and confidence to perform the practical part.

Microscopes and equipment will be provided, but the attendees are encouraged to bring samples of
their own bees, their own honey or flowering plans close to their apiary to enable them to find out
more about their own bees and environment.

Royal Agricultural University
Stroud Road,

Workshop cost to cover costs of venue and equipment hire – £20/person
Refreshments are included in the cost, but no lunch – please bring your own.

Marin Anastasov, manastassov@aol.com, tel: 07796144304