Eric Mussen at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Extension Apiculturist Dr. Eric Mussen conducts a varied program focused mainly on his role as liaison between the academic world of apiculture and real world beekeeping and crop pollination. Eric often provides presentations at national, state, and county beekeepers' meetings. He prepares and delivers information to growers at meetings organized by UC Farm Advisors and other agricultural organizations, and by state and federal agencies, and he writes a bi-monthly newsletter on bee-related topics, which is posted on his Departmental Web page. Recently, specific researchers have solicited Eric's involvement on their projects, and he has studied the effects of contact and feeding exposure of honey bees to a mating disruption pheromone of the light brown apple moth. Currently, Eric is collecting flight data, dead and live foragers, and pollen samples for a national study on colony health as it relates to specific cropping practices while the colonies are in commercial pollination.
He was featured in a two-part series in the American Bee Journal. See news story.
Phone: (530) 752-0472