2009 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
The planning process is expected to result in recommendations for specific areas of collaboration some examples of which may include but are not limited to:
a) a regional research laboratory evaluating hive health and productivity,
b) one or two regional demonstration and/or teaching laboratories,
c) increased regional collaboration in field trials of newly developed bee health technologies,
d) a regional bee health delivery program utilizing print and electronic media delivery systems, and
e) development of rapid response initiatives to address time critical problems such as Africanized Honey Bee and Colony Collapse Disorder.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
The Parties recognize that cooperation is a matter of working together toward common goals of mutual interest, not merely cooperative financing or sharing of research and education activities. Each party agrees to contribute to planning, conducting, and implementing research and education projects as described in this agreement and to furnish such facilities and funds for particular projects as agreed to within the parameters of this MOU. It is also recognized that successful cooperation occurs only through mutual understanding and efficient administration of the cooperative programs. Nothing in this broad understanding is to be construed as interfering in any way with the basic responsibilities, authorities, and policies of any of the Parties’ members for independent action.
This project is an umbrella MOU involving the Mid Atlantic Apicultural Research & Extension Consortium (MAAREC). This Consortium includes 7 Universities and 2 ARS locations. In FY09 ARS meet with MAAREC twice to exchange ideas and discuss ongoing projects of joint interest. Additionally, an effort at the University of Maryland (under the MAAREC umbrella) was started to examine the need for an Apicultural position in the Entomology Department and University of Maryland. ARS participated in these discussions as a local Maryland staff member would likely interact closely with the USDA-ARS Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville. MAAREC continues to serve as a vital group in dealing with research and extension issues related to bees. Progress is monitored via e-mail and site visits.