Agricultural Research Council, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Mike Allsopp studied at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Pretoria, both in South Africa, and has been involved in honey bee research and extension for more than thirty years. Mike’s research has focused on the unique biology of the Cape honey bee and the Capensis Problem, on commercial pollination issues in deciduous fruit and other crops, and on the impact of freshly-arrived honey bee pests and pathogens on our bee populations, primarily varroa mites and American Foulbrood. Current research activities are focused on macadamia and onion pollination as well as developing a disease and pest surveillance programme for Southern Africa.
Mike has been fortunate to have had many research collaborations over the years, including one with Ben Oldroyd and Madeleine Beekman of the University of Sydney, trying to unravel the mysteries of Cape honey bees. Mike has also been fortunate to travel to many bee conferences, including a memorable visit to New South Wales and to Tasmania in 2013, and looks forward to renewing some of these acquaintances in Queensland in June 2018.