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DR. R.W. (ROB) CURRIE
Ph.D. (University of Manitoba)

Professor, Head

Room 218 Entomology Building
Winnipeg Manitoba R3T 2N2 CANADA

Telephone: (204) 474-6022
Facsimile: (204) 474 7628
Email: rob_currie@umanitoba.ca


Research Interests:

  • Regulation of reproduction in bees
  • Importance of floral odours as an attractant to honey bees
  • Control measures for the varroa mite, a parasite of honey bees
  • Fumigation treatments for the varroa mite in winter.
  • Regulation of queen replacement in honey bee colonies
  • Improving feed quality in honey bees
  • Regulation of oviposition in the varroa mite
  • Sound detection by varroa mites
  • Modelling honey bee population growth and honey production
  • Selection for varroa resistance in honey bee stock

Recent Papers and Publications:

Underwood, Robyn M., and R. W. Currie. 2007. Effects of release
pattern and room ventilation on survival of varroa mites and queens
during indoor winter fumigation of honey bee colonies with formic acid.
/Canadian Entomologist/ 139:1-13. in press.

Currie, R.W. and Gatien, P. 2006. Timing acaricide treatments to prevent Varroa destructor (Acari: Varroidae) from causing economic damage to honey bee colonies. Canadian Entomologist. 138:238-252.

Underwood, R. M. and Currie, R. W. 2005. Effect of concentration and exposure time on treatment efficacy against varroa mites (Acari: Varroidae) during indoor winter fumigation of honey bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) with formic acid. Journal of Economic Entomology 98(6):1802-1809.

Ostermann, D. & Currie R.W. 2004. The Effect of Formic Acid Formulations on Honey Bee, Apis mellifera L., Colonies, and the Influence of Colony and Ambient Conditions on Formic Acid Concentration in the Hive Journal of Economic Entomology. 97(5):1500-1508.

Underwood, R. and Currie R.W. 2004. Indoor winter fumigation of Apis mellifera (Hymenoptera:Apidae) colonies infested with Varroa destructor (Acari:Varroidae) with formic acid is a potential control alternative in northern climates. Journal of Economic Entomology. 97(2):177-186.

Underwood, R.M. and Currie, R.W. 2003. The effects of temperature and dose of formic acid on treatment efficacy against Varroa destructor (Acari: Varroidae), a parasite of Apis mellifera (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Experimental and Applied Acarology, 29:303 313.

Gatien P. & Currie R.W. 2003. Timing of acaracide treatments for control of low level populations of Varroa destructor (Acari:Varroidae) and implications for colony performance of honey bees. Canadian Entomologist 135 (5): 749 763.

Pernal S. F. and R. W Currie. 2002. Discrimination and preferences for pollen-based cues by foraging honey bees Apis mellifera L. workers. Animal Behaviour. 63:369-390.

Pernal S.F. and R.W. Currie. 2001. The influence of pollen quality on foraging behaviour in honey bees (Apis mellifera L.). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 51:53-68.

Pernal S.F. and R.W. Currie. 2001. Improved flight and rearing room design for honey bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 94:793-805.

Pernal S. F. and Currie R.W. 2000. Pollen quality in fresh and 1-year-old single pollen diets for worker honey bees (Apis mellifera L.). Apidologie 31:387-409.

Currie, R.W. 1999. Fluvalinate queen tabs for use against Varroa jacobsoni Oud.: Efficacy and impact on honey bee, (Apis mellifera L.), queen and colony performance. American Bee Journal 129:871-876.

Evans, W.S.; Wong, A.; Hardy, M.; Currie, R.W. & D. Vanderwel. Evidence that the factor used by the tapeworm, Hymenotabis diminuta, to direct the foraging of its intermediate host, Tribolium confusum, is a volatile attractant. J. Parasitology. 84(6):1098-1101.

Pernal, S.F. and R.W. Currie. 1998. Nectar quality in open-pollinated, pol CMS hybrid, and dominant SI hybrid oilseed summer rape. Can. J. Pl. Sci. 78:79-89.

Books and Book Chapters:

Currie, R.W. 1997. Pollination constraints and management of pollinating insects for crop production. pp. 121-151. in Pollen Biotechnology for Crop Production and Improvement. Cambridge University Press. New York. 448pp.

Papers and Abstracts in Conference Proceedings:

Desai, S., A. Manickavasagan, D. Jayas, and R.W. Currie. 2007.
Temperature changes in honey bees due to infestation by parasitic mites.
/9th International pollination symposium on plant-pollinator
relationships - diversity in action/Gardner, C.A.C., M.A. Harris, R.W.
Hellmich, H.T. Horner, J.D. Nason, R.G. Palmer, J.J. Tabke, R.W.
Thornburg, and M.P. Widrlechner (eds.) :212 pp. 9th International
pollination symposium on plant-pollinator relationships - diversity in
action, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA, June 24-28.

Kozak, P., and R. W. Currie. 2007. Varroa destructor's utilization
of honey bee brood in winter. Gardner, C.A.C., M.A. Harris, R.W.
Hellmich, H.T. Horner, J.D. Nason, R.G. Palmer, J.J. Tabke, R.W.
Thornburg, and M.P. Widrlechner (eds.) :171-172. 9th international
pollination symposium on plant-pollinator relationships - diversity in
action, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA, June 24-28.

Currie, R.W. 2006. Integrating chemical control and host resistance to
increase treatment thresholds for Varroa destructor.
16(Supplement):24-25. Proceedings of the 65th Annual CHC-CCM meeting,
Quebec City, Hivelights.

Kozak, P.R. and Currie, R.W. 2005. Examining the relationship between brood rearing in honey bees and populations of varroa mites in winter. 2005 Joint Annual Meeting of The Entomological Society of Canada and The Entomological Society of Alberta. Canmore, Alberta 2-5 Nov. p. 42.

Desai, S., A. Manickavasagan, D.S. Jayas, R.W. Currie. 2005. Temperature changes on honey bees due to infestation by varroa mite. Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Canada. 37(4) 210.

Kozak, P. and Currie, R.W. 2005. Examining the relationship between brood rearing in honey bees and populations of varroa mites in winter. Proceedings of the 61st Entomological Society of Manitoba Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, November.

Currie, R.W. 2005. Formic acid fumigation of honey bee, Apis mellifera L., shipping packages to control Varroa destructor Anderson and Trueman. Proceedings of the 61st Entomological Society of Manitoba Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, November.

Underwood, R. M. and R.W. Currie. Indoor winter fumigation of honey bees with formic acid. Proceedings of the American Bee Research Confernce, Reno Nv.January 2005. American Bee Journal. 145(5):434 (Presented by RWC)

Currie, R.W. and H. Tahmasbi 2005. The ability of high and low grooming lines of honey bees, Apis mellifera L., to remove the parasitic mite, Varroa destructor Anderson and Trueman, is affected by environmental conditions. Proceedings of the American Bee Research Confernce, Reno Nv.January 2005. American Bee Journal. 145(5):429 (Presented by RWC)

Underwood, R. M., Currie, R.W., and Vanderwel, D. 2004. Formic acid in bee feed: its impact on honey bee queen pheromones and attendance by workers. Proceedings of the 60th Entomological Society of Manitoba Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, November. 60:21

Currie, R.W. and H. Tahmasbi 2004. The ability of high and low grooming lines of honey bees, Apis mellifera L., to remove the parasitic mite, Varroa destructor Anderson and Trueman, is affected by environmental conditions. Proceedings of the 60th Entomological Society of Manitoba Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, November 60: 15-16.

R. Underwood and R. Currie. 2002. Use of formic acid to control varroa and tracheal mites in indoor wintering facilities. Proceedings of the North American Apicultural Research Symposium, December, Niagara Falls, ON.

Underwood, R. and R.W. Currie. 2002. Formic acid fumigation of indoor-wintered honey bee colonies for Varroa destructor Anderson and Trueman control. Proceedings of the Joint Annual Meeting Entomological Societies of Canada and Manitoba. Oct. 5-9. Winnipeg Manitoba pp. 58-59.

Ostermann, D. and Currie, R.W. (2001) Varroa destructor as a promoter of the honey bee (Apis mellifera) pathogens, Nosema (Nosema apis) and chalkbrood (Ascosphaera apis). Proceedings, Entomological Society of Manitoba 57th Annual Meeting. Winnipeg, 5-6 November (Abstract in press: Paper Presented by DO).

Underwood, R.M. and Currie, R.W. 2000. Mighty bee mite might be doomed. Winter fumigation of Varroa infested honey bee colonies is a practical control alternative. Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Manitoba. October, Winnipeg, MB.

Underwood, R. and R.W. Currie. 1999. Effect of temperature and dose of formic acid on efficiency of control of Varroa jacobsoni. Proceedings, Apimondia ‘99: XXXVI International Apicultural Congress, p. 257, September, Vancouver, BC. (Poster presentation, Abstract).

Currie, R. W. 1999. Problems associated with feeding bees corn syrup. Proceedings, Apimondia '99: XXXVI International Apicultural Congress, p. 119-120, September, Vancouver, BC. (Invited Symposium Paper).

Pernal S. F. and R.W. Currie. 1999. Colony and individual-level responses of honey bees to changes in pollen quality. Proceedings, Apimondia '99: XXXVI International Apicultural Congress, p. 122, September, Vancouver, BC. (Invited Symposium Paper).

Currie, R.W. 1988. La varroa: Una revisión del impacto del ácaro en la productividad de la colonia y la efectividad de diferetes medidas de control químco. Pp 28-30. In Simposium Internacional Sobre Apicultura Y Polinizacion Memorias. Editores: A.A. Gardea, R.R. Landeros, V.M. Guerrero, J.J. Martínez Cd. Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, Mexico. 20 de Febrero de 1998. Pp 49.

Pernal, S.F. and R.W. Currie. 1997. Ordering take-out food for 60,000: How honey bees respond to colony demands for pollen. Symposium Paper. 53rd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Manitoba. Nov. 1997, Winnipeg, MB.

Pernal, S.F. and R.W. Currie. 1997. The influence of colony state on pollen foraging behaviour in honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) workers. Proceedings of the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturalists, pp. 61-63.

Research Reports:

Currie, R.W. 2006. "Report on The Effects of Feeding Off-Specification
High Fructose Corn Syrup to Honey Bees". A report to Tapper Cuddy,
Barristers and Solicitors.

Currie, R.W. 2001. Chalkbrood and disease control in honey bees. Final Report: October 25, 2001 Saskatchewan Agrifood Innovation Fund Project 97000001. 32 pp.

Currie, R.W. 2001. Management of varroa mites in honey bees. Final Report: September 25, 2001 Saskatchewan Agrifood Innovation Fund Project 97000002. 27 pp.

Currie, R.W. 2001. Control of parasitic mites in honey bees. Final Report: September 25, 2001 Saskatchewan Agrifood Innovation Fund Project 97000002. 10 pp.

Currie, R.W. and D.L. Anderson. 1997. Survival of varroa mites on leafcutter bees during incubation. Report on the risks associated with importing leafcutter bees to Austrailia.

Currie, R.W. 1996. Report on the impact of different carbohydrate diets and comb types on the survival of caged worker bees. 4pp. in: An Assessment of 1995-1996 winter colony losses and spring growth of honey bee colonies fed different carbohydrate diets in Manitoba. Report to the High Fructose Corn Syrup Committee. June 1996. Edited by Jeff Pettis. Simon Fraser University.

Courses:

Undergraduate

ENTM 1000 World of Bugs
- Course Outline - (Word 2003)

ENTM 4320 Pollination Biology
- Course Outline - (Word 2003)
ENTM 0610 Beekeeping
- Course Outline - (Word 2003)
ENTM 0620 Pest Management and Farm Insects
- Course Outline -
(Word 2003)
ENTM 4520 Physiological Ecology of Insects

Graduate

ENTM 7150/7220 Advanced Entomology
ENTM 7230
Advanced Pollination Biology
ENTM 7240 Advances in the Physiological Ecology of Insects

Graduate Students:

Suresh Desai - Ph.D. - Honey Bee Ectoparasites
Rassol Bahreini - Ph.D. - Honey Bee Ectoparasites

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

University of Manitoba

 

  Department of Entomology
Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences
University of Manitoba - Winnipeg, MB, Canada - R3T 2N2
Tel: (204) 474-9257  Fax: (204) 474-7628
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