Honey bee news & research

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…

Posted in Bee Headlines in the News Nutrition

June News Digest

New studies on honey bee health, nutrition, and microbiome, from the USDA-ARS Honey Bee Lab in Baton Rouge, LA.

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….

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FDA convicts VFD violators

FDA started to restrict veterinary use of medically important antibiotics several years ago. A veterinary feed directive is a written…

Posted in Nutrition

Salt, Fat, Acid, Bees.

Samin Nosrat’s book “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” makes me think about the basic elements of honeybee nutrition. What do we feed the bees to set them up for success?

Posted in Nutrition

Microbes + Nutrition = Energy

Beekeepers truly love their bees, but many don’t appreciate the role gut microbes play in their overall health. They feed…

Posted in Varroa - testing and treatment

Fighting Varroa Takes Guts

It takes guts to fight Varroa. Do honey bees have what it takes to do it?

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January Digest

Stay up to date on the latest in research and beekeeping news. This month focuses on pollinator habitat restoration, comb age and carbohydrate sources.

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.