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Beekeeping Today Podcast

Nov 10, 2019

Nathan Oaks, Hailey ScofieldJoining this episode is a team representing one of the 18 finalist in the Empire State Development and Cornell University’s Center for Regional Economic Advancement for “Grow-NY”. Grow-NY is a food innovation and agricultural technology business challenge focused on enhancing the emerging food, beverage and agriculture innovation cluster in the Central New York, Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions of the State.

Today’s guests, one of 199 teams competing for the $1-Million prize developed an innovative approach and product “Combplex” to fight the beekeeper’s #1 pest: The Varroa Mite. 

Jenn SmithFirst up is Jenn Smith from Grow-NY who introduces the competition and provides the background.

From Combplex, co-owners Hailey Scofield and Nathan Oaks join the episode. Hailey is a PhD candidate at Cornell University in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior where she studied honey bee thermoregulation and development under Thomas Seeley before transitioning to work with Professors Scott McArt and Cole Gilbert on more applied research on the impacts of transportation stress and development in commercial migratory beekeeping operations.

Nathan is currently a fifth-year PhD candidate at Cornell, where he studies Computational Biology with Professor Philipp Messer and looks forward to continuing to wear many hats as Combplex grows.

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Podcast music: Young Presidents, "Be Strong"