BOMBUSS was conceived, and its inaugural meeting planned, by Jamie Strange (USDA-ARS), Amber Tripodi (USDA-ARS), Neal Williams (UC-Davis) and Hollis Woodard (UC-Riverside). Funding to support the meeting was obtained through a grant from the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture to J. Strange and A. Tripodi and supplemental funding was provided by the USDA-ARS-National Program Staff Professional Activities Fund.
The BOMBUSS brought bumblebee researchers together to discuss the methodologies currently used to investigate these important pollinators. As domestication of bumble bees has expanded worldwide, so has research on this group of bees as model organisms for study, as crop pollinators, and as conservation targets. The growth of this field of study has been rapid, prompting the need to convene this meeting to discuss the need and potential for standardization of methods.
I thought it was a very productive meeting with many future collaborations set out! There was a great interchange of ideas and methods and several plans to publish the standardised methods we discussed. Maybe there will be a Bombuss 2? I hope so!