Hosted by: SciWorks and Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University

Science Cafés are free, informal talks that offer you a chance to learn about the latest research from a regional scientist.

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September’s Science Café  is at 7 pm, Thursday, September 8, at River Ridge Taphouse, located at 1480 River Ridge Drive, Clemmons, N.C., 27012.

unnamedTopic: Are Honeybees in Trouble?

Presented by: James Wilkes

Beekeeping has a rich tradition all around the world and the mountains of North Carolina has its own unique place in that tradition with a population of dedicated beekeepers and a longstanding reputation for outstanding honey, especially sourwood.  Over the past 30 years, new challenges have emerged in the world of honeybees that have disrupted the traditions and requires a new diligence and creativity from beekeepers in order to keep bees healthy and productive.  A growing aspect of beekeeping is the use of technology to better understand honeybee health and to assist beekeepers in making good hive management decisions.  This talk provides a quick introduction to the world of honeybees, current challenges to beekeeping, and research work of the Bee Informed Partnership at Appalachian State University’s Department of Computer Science.

James Wilkes is a beekeeper, farmer, college professor, and entrepreneur. He owns and operates Faith Mountain Farm, a family farm (wife and eight children) that includes about 100 honey bee colonies, a baking operation, cut sunflowers, pastured poultry, eggs, and produce.  His paying job is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. In this role he is also the Information Technology Lead for the Bee Informed Partnership. Lastly, James is co-founder of Hive Tracks, a record keeping software system for beekeepers.