There will be two microscopy workshops on Saturday 30th July, and beekeepers with all levels of experience are welcome.
In session one, participants will receive training on the optimal use of dissection (stereo) and compound microscopes. We will then examine the external anatomy of the honey bee.
Participants will be able to examine the head, eyes, antennae and exoskeleton as well as the structure and function of each pair of legs. We will then focus on studying some of the exocrine glands that produce pheromones which are key to colony cohesion and communication.
Session two will start with a brief refresher course on the optimal use of stereo and compound microscopes. We will then focus on two diseases which can cause slow colony build-up in the Spring, and which can only be confirmed microscopically: Nosema and Acarine.
In this session, participants will use a compound microscope to check bees for Nosema spores whilst dissecting bees to check for Acarine mites improves dexterity and skills required for more advanced dissections.
All those attending microscopy sessions must bring a sample of 30 forager bees. (FROZEN – NOT LIVE)
There will be a €15 fee to cover consumables and demonstrators, and pre-booking is essential. (details on FIBKA Summer School website)
Dr Helen Mooney Microscopy
With a background in microbiology, honey bee wellness is central to Dr. Helen Mooney’s colony management.
In addition to workshops and lectures on honey bee genetics and bee breeding, communication and anatomy, she believes that making microscopy accessible to beekeepers is just another way to raise awareness about specific microscopic diseases. Dr. Mooney is a lecturer for Diploma in Scientific Studies (Apiculture) – Bees & Beekeeping, at NUIG.
Teresa Redmond – Microscopy
Teresa Redmond has worked with Biology undergraduates in lab-based teaching and learning for more than thirty years. Graduating from the National University of Ireland with an honours degree in Biology and Chemistry, Teresa pursued research in the biological control of cereal leaf diseases.
A key aspect of her work is working with post-graduates to nurture, enhance and develop their lab-based, small-group, teaching skills in the MU, student-focused programme.
Her many and varied interests and hobbies have recently extended to include beekeepingand she is delighted to welcome and facilitate the 2022 Irish Beekeepers’ Summerschool to the microscopy workshops in the Maynooth University Biology teaching labs.