Posted in Disease Nosema

Evaluating Efficacy of Fumagilin-B® Against Nosemosis

Researchers from Nova Scotia, Canada, report on Fumagilin-B® suppression of N. ceranae.

different bacterial families in bee gut in winter
Posted in Bee Headlines in the News Foulbrood Microbiome

October News Digest

Scientific journals digest for what’s new in honeybee biology: what happens with honey bee gut during overwintering in Canada; understanding Foul Brood Disease and “crud brood”; and appreciating diversity in scientific community.

Posted in Bee Headlines in the News Disease Microbiome Nosema Pesticides

Solution to Pesticide Problem: Lactic Acid Bacteria.

New study “A Pediococcus strain to rescue honeybees by decreasing Nosema ceranae- and pesticide-induced adverse effects” by Peghaire et al. found that feeding live Pediococcus bacteria can rescue honeybees from N. ceranae– and pesticide adverse effects. Mortality was down from 41% to 15% and Nosema spores per bee decreased by 80%. Gene expression analysis indicates that the bacteria can achieve this benefit by stimulating the honeybee immune and detoxication systems.

Posted in Bee Headlines in the News Foulbrood Microbiome Nutrition

July News Digest

As always, I wish all the readers the best health! Inevitably, summer weather and busy time in the bee yard…

Benefits of Probiotics Infographic
Posted in Microbiome Nosema

Probiotics Nosema field trial

Soon after eclosion, adult honeybees are inoculated with core gut microbiome species, including those belonging to genera Bacillus and Lactobacillus….

Posted in Bee Headlines in the News Disease Foulbrood


One of the most creative applications for probiotic study was American Foulbrood (AFB). In my latest article, I discuss two studies that tried to overcome AFB with probiotics and arrived at different conclusions. Comparing the two gives the reader a chance to compare scope of scientific inquiry and different methods of probiotic use.

Posted in Bee Headlines in the News Disease

The Other 90%

There is a long list of factors accelerating climate change and loss of biodiversity. Among the loss in biodiversity are…

Posted in Disease Microbiome Nosema

Probiotics and microbials benefit bees during Nosema infection.

Nosema infection threatens millions of honeybee colonies worldwide. Direct-Fed Microbials (DFM), also called probiotics, help bees overcome Nosema infection.

Posted in Bee Headlines in the News Disease Foulbrood Microbiome

February/March Science News Digest

Stay up to date on that latest in honeybee research and news!

Posted in Disease Foulbrood Microbiome

Signs, Symptoms and Science – European Foulbrood

Spotty brood pattern? Contorted, discolored larvae? You may have European Foulbrood.