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IPM Survey - Grad student Katy Evans needs your help. Here is her letter:
I am a graduate student at the University of Delaware under Dr. Deborah Delaney. I am currently working on a Master’s degree and my project focuses on helping the local beekeeping community reduce and better manage mite populations and varroa vectored viruses in a non-chemical fashion. Specifically, I will be testing the efficacy of splitting and swarming of hives to keep mites below harmful levels while increasing the overall colony survivorship. If effective this strategy will be developed into an IPM practice for beekeepers in the mid-Atlantic region and it will greatly benefit the beekeeping community in that it will reduce the amount of time and costs beekeepers must spend on varroa control treatments and alleviate the need for additional control tactics. I will be hosting field days, training sessions, and creating web-based and printed material to share my data and IPM practices with the local beekeeping community. To better design the IPM practices it is important to know how many beekeepers currently treat for mites and I have composed a survey to find out the strategies beekeepers are using to control for mites. I have uploaded a survey to the UDEL sponsored survey website Qualtrics, https://delaware.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6Sxa0ON8nGm80Lj, and would greatly appreciate it if you could extend my message to members of your beekeeping organization.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact and I will be happy to answer them.
I appreciate your help,
Katy Ciola Evans
Phone: (386) 216 2418