Honey bee expert to deliver Catts Lectures

PULLMAN — Thomas E. Rinderer, research geneticist and research leader with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory in Baton Rouge, La., will deliver two lectures during the 11th annual E. Paul Catts Memorial Lecture Series on March 22 and 23.

Rinderer will speak on “Africanized Honey Bees in the Americas: Understanding One of the Greatest Population Genetic Events of Our Time” at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 22, at the Quality Inn Paradise Creek. A catered dinner will be held prior to the lecture. Contact Barb Smith at (509) 335-5504 for more information about the dinner.
On Friday, Rinderer will speak on “From Russia with Love: A Selection and Distribution Plan for Honey Bee Germplasm Sourced from Far-Eastern Russia” at 3:10 p.m. in room 354 of the Food Science and Human Nutrition Building on the Washington State University campus.
He will entertain questions following his presentations.
The lecture series honors the memory of E. Paul Catts, a professor of entomology and member of the WSU faculty from 1980 to 1992.  He died following a heart attack in 1996.
Both lectures are free and open to the public. Contact Steve Sheppard, professor of entomology, at (509) 335-5180 if you have any questions.

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