2010 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 group that intends to serve as a vehicle for collaboration in the mid-Atlantic region on honey bees and extension activities related to honey bees. The group is entitled Mid-Atlantic Research and Extension Consortium (MAAREC). In FY10 the group helped to organize the first meeting of the pollinator working group at Penn State; an international meeting was held in July 2010 with approximately 200 people in attendance from 16 countries. USDA-ARS personnel and students presented research results on bee health at the meeting. The progress of this project was monitored during two face to face meetings between USDA and MAAREC members in the past year and frequent email exchanges.