OSU bee expert wins top award from Entomological Society

Men in field

OSU honey bee researcher Ramesh Sagili talks about bee research projects to Madras carrot seed grower Gary Harris.

Ramesh Sagili of OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, won a prestigious award from the Pacific branch of the Entomological Society of America.

Sagili, assistant professor and Extension specialist in the horticulture department, is an expert in honey bees. He heads the Oregon State Honey Bee Lab and the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program. He received his doctorate in entomology from Texas A&M University in 2007.

Thirteen West Coast scientists received awards from the society for outstanding achievement in the various sub-disciplines of entomology. Sagili, the only OSU scientist in the group, was honored for his research and Extension activities in insect physiology, biochemistry and toxicology. He received the award at the Pacific branch’s annual meeting in Portland last week.

“It is a great honor and satisfaction to be recognized by my peers,” Sagili said. “This award recognizes the diligent efforts put forth by my current and past lab members to improve honey bee health for sustainable pollination, agriculture and the ecosystem.

“We are fortunate to have great support from the beekeepers and growers for our honey bee research and Extension program.”

~ Gail Wells

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