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Bee Breeding Basics

This course is an excellent complement to our Queen Rearing Techniques Short Course. During this one-day course we will talk about the intricacies of honey bee genetics along with honey bee races and breeder lines. We will also have an in-depth discussion of various breeding schemes. 

Course Description:


  • Breeding Schemes
  • Races
  • Selecting lines

The course size is 25 participants per session. The $95.00 registration fee covers the cost of course materials, lunch and refreshments on the day of the short course. Participants are responsible for obtaining their own lodging.  The course will be held at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on UC Davis campus.

At the EL Niño Bee Lab we work with live honey bees. Honey bees are stinging insects and while most stings do not require medical attention, a small portion of the human population can develop a life-threatening allergy. When working in the hives you will need to wear closed-toe and closed-heel shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Protective gear will be provided for you, but if you prefer you can bring your own. If stung, immediately remove the stinger by scraping it off and wash the area to remove alarm pheromone. If you experience shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea or any other serious symptoms, immediately seek medical attention.