Honey bee news & research

Posted in Varroa - testing and treatment

What’s Killing Honeybees & What We Can Do About It

The plight of the honeybee is real. The statistics are grim. Dr. Jamie Ellis takes a deeper look at what’s killing bees and what we can do about it.

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MICROBIAL “WAR” AGAINST AMERICAN 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…

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Is “Clean” Honey Possible?

At Apimondia this year, 40% of honey entries for the honey competition were disqualified for adulteration and contamination. What does this say about the health of the world’s managed pollinators? What does this mean for the future of honey? Is “clean” honey possible anymore?

Posted in Bee Headlines in the News Microbiome

Microbial Meat and Pollen Potatoes

“Bees are actually omnivores, and their meat is microbes. This finding may open a new window on why bees are in trouble: Anything that disrupts the microbial community in a bee’s food, whether it is high heat linked to climate change, fungicides or another stressor, could be causing developing bees to starve.”

Posted in Varroa - testing and treatment

Know Your Numbers

Have you checked for Varroa yet? If not, you should…like right now. In this article we discuss the latest research being done to help understand and control Varroa.

Posted in Varroa - testing and treatment

New Research Suggests Probiotics May Treat and Prevent Chalkbrood

Dr Murali Nayudu is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Faculty of Science & Technology at the University of Canberra in Australia. He has spent more than a decade investigating the microbiome of honey bees. Since October 2018, Dr Nayudu has collected monthly gut bacteria samples from honey bee colonies in order to understand what the normal diversity and concentration of gut bacteria should be. He plans on using this information to help identify and treat diseased hives.

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May Science News Digest

An assessment of pesticide exposures and land use of honey bees in Virginia The goal of this study was to…

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April Science News Digest

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

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What Works? Digging through Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) data.

This April as the 2018-2019 results start to come in, it is important to understand how to utilize the BIP data as an objective way to prepare for the season by seeing which beekeeping practices work.