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Dr. Ronald Ochoa from USDA visited College of Bee Science and delivered a lecture

 Time: 2017-04-20  Author:   

On 20th April 2017, Dr. Ronald Ochoa from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), invited by College of Bee Science, visited our college and delivered a lecture entitled “Bee mite, from the mite "perspective"".

Dr. Ochoa is currently an acarologist in USDA. Prior to this appointment, he did his postdoctoral research at the University of Michigan, USDA, and University of Maryland from 1996 to 2004. He has worked and studied in the field of acarology and entomology for about 40 years, including 16 years of teaching and fieldwork responsibilities.

Mites are among the most diverse and successful of all the invertebrate groups in the planet, and they occupy a wide range of ecological niches. Honeybees may also be infested by parasitic mites. However, because of their small size, they go largely unnoticed. In the lecture, Dr. Ronald Ochoa talked about looking at the bees from the mite perspective and different technologies for the study and understanding of mite morphology. He also presented many elaborate pictures of mites taken by cryo-scanning electron microscopy and described some imperceptible behavior of mites derived from his observation.

The audience were interested in the speech and proposed many thoughtful questions about the bee mites. They spoke highly of the wonderful speech. 

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