E for Extension
About half of my job responsibility is to reach out to beekeepers. What are the current concerns on honey bee health? Any new research development in Varroa control? What do I need to start up beekeeping? These questions and others are answered through the web, email, phone calls, or presentations at beekeeper meetings. A website started in 1997 (one year before I joined MSU), cyberbee.msu.edu, receives over 5 million hits per year.
Some of my my writings for extension/outreach purpose:
Stinging Insects (Bugs around your house)
Cicada killers [html format]
Carpenter bees [html format]
Insects as pollinators:
Huang, Z.Y. 2012. Varroa mite reproductive biology.
Huang, Z.Y. 2011. Effects of Nosema on honey bee behavior and physiology.
Huang, Z.Y. 2010. Honey bee nutrition.
Huang, Z.Y. 2010. Anatomy of the honey bee.
Huang, Z.Y. 2010. Bees and social insects.
Huang, Z.Y., W. Pett. 2010. Using honey bees for fruit pollination. http://ipmnews.msu.edu/fruit /Fruit/tabid/123/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/2340/Using-honey-bees- for-fruit-pollination.aspx
Huang, Z.Y., 2010. Sugar Dusting Your Varroa Mites, Michigan Beekeepers Associate Web: http://www.michiganbees.org/ 2010/08/ sugar-dusting -your-vorroa-mites/
Huang, Z.Y., 2010. Small Hive Beetle Management in Michigan. Michigan Beekeepers Associate Web: http://www.michiganbees.org/2010/08/small-hive-beetle-aethina-tumida-management/
Cyberbee.net web impact statistics for 2005-2007
|Successful requests (Jan 1 to Dec 31):||4,579,869||5,432,260||5,729,63|
|Average successful requests per day:||12,548||14,885||15,705|
|Successful requests for pages:||215,262||300,564||329,528|
|Average successful requests for pages per day:||589||823||903|
|Distinct files requested:||9,782||10,666||11,860|
|Distinct hosts served:||129,340||178,805||223,736|
|Data transferred (gigabytes):||76.003||102.736||107.072|
|Average data transferred per day (megabytes):||213.247||288.269||300.534|
|Top level domains reached||167||167||174|
I noticed a rather large drop in the 2009 statistic. So I started thinking about redesigning and revitalizing the cyberbee website. The old styled html webs were difficult to update and I know I need something different. I am using the MBA website and the lab website (this page) as a testing bed to see what the new software (WordPress) can do.