Introduction to Beekeeping: March 2016

  • Honey Bee Research Lab, ASU Polytechnic Campus

There is a great concern for the decline of honey bee populations worldwide and many efforts have been applied to conserve the bees and the ecosystem. Bees are the main pollinators of most of the agricultural crops and the value of honey bee pollination far exceeds $20billion/year in the USA. Bees also produce honey, beeswax, royal jelly, bee venom and collect pollen and propolis. All these products are used widely.

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    Location Polytechnic

Course Details

Meeting Dates: Friday, March 4 - Saturday, March 5
Meeting Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Arizona is an excellent place with suitable climate and rich flora for the honey bees. However after the wide spread of Africanized bees, feral colonies being Africanized hobby beekeeping became a real problem in the rural areas. The aims of the course are to teach basic biology of the honey bees, how to start beekeeping and maintain gentle European colonies in Arizona, how to increase colonies, diagnose bee diseases and parasites, remove swarms and produce local honey.  Each participant will work on the colonies, identify eggs, larvae, pupae, honey and pollen on the combs, learn seasonal management of the colonies, and hands on beekeeping.

Eligibility: Course is restricted to 30 participants.
Registration Deadline: 3/2/16 at 11:59 p.m. MST

About the Instructor

Osman Kaftanoglu

Dr. Kaftanoglu received his PhD in apiculture from the University of Californias, Davis in 1983. He taught Honey bee biology and apiculture, Honey bee breeding and instrumental insemination, honey bee pathology at the Cukurova University, Adana Turkey for 20 years. He worked on queen rearing, instrumental insemination of queen bees, Varroa control, pollination and bumblebee breeding projects in Turkey. He joined ASU in 2004. He is the project manager of ASU Honey Bee Lab and co-instructor of the BIO494 Honey Bee Biology and Apiculture class.


Honey Bee Research Lab
ASU Polytechnic Campus
6858 E. Old Pecos Road

Required Materials

Please bring your own bee veil, bee jacket or bee suit. They are available in online stores or from local companies.

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