Dr. Ramesh Sagili is a honey bee research and extension faculty in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. He obtained his PhD in Entomology from Texas A&M University in 2007, specializing in honey bee research. He has a bachelors and a Masters degree in Agriculture from A.P. Agricultural University, India. His primary research focus at OSU is honey bee health, nutrition and pollination. His appointment also includes extension and hence he works closely with the stakeholders, i.e. both beekeepers and producers. He initiated the creation of the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program in 2010 and chaired the Governor’s Task Force on Pollinator Health in 2014. His goal is to establish a vibrant and dynamic honey bee research and extension program at OSU that will cater to the needs of beekeepers and producers, and promote sustainable apiculture.
Honey Bee Health Status: A Decade After CCD Reports. Bees are vital for our food production and functional ecosystem. The role and importance of bees as crucial pollinators of both cultivated and wild plants will be briefly discussed. The numerous challenges currently being faced by bees and the beekeeping industry, including parasites/pathogens, poor nutrition and pesticides, will also be discussed. Various ongoing efforts to promote bee health in Oregon and across the nation will be briefly reviewed. Finally, a few potential steps that all of us can take to promote and conserve our important insect pollinators will be illustrated.