Dr Mark Goodwin, a Plant & Food Research scientist who specialises in honey bee and hive health and the pollination services provided by bee colonies, has won the inaugural Apiculture New Zealand Peter Molan Award.
The award and associated research grant recognises his outstanding contribution to science which advances the apiculture industry.
Dr Goodwin’s research has put him at the forefront of the fight against pests and diseases such as Varroa, American foulbrood and, most recently, Nosema ceranae.
Of particular significance, he was a key contributor to far-reaching work on kiwifruit pollination, and has conducted important research in honey bee toxicity. His research has often led to changes in industry practice and policy. He has also been a leading spokesperson for the apiculture industry.
Dr Peter Molan, after whom the award is named, was a pioneer of New Zealand’s apiculture industry, particularly in his work on the health benefits of mānuka honey.