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CATCH THE BUZZ – American Bee Research Conference, Student Winners

Our yearly meeting (American Bee Research Conference) was held last week Jan 7-8, 2021. It was a wonderful 2 days of 40+ presentations, including 2 plenaries from internationally renowned bee scientists. We would like to Announce the Winners of the Student Competitions. Winners of the PhD student presentations: Harper McMinn-Sauder; (The Ohio State University), Using colony weight monitoring to identify flowers…
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January 19, 2021
Bee Culture

CATCH THE BUZZ – Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Virtual 14th Annual Workshop

Eastern Missouri Beekeepers to Host Virtual 14th Annual Beekeeping Workshops   February 6th and February 13th, 2021 Beekeeping Educators and Researchers to Present Virtual Courses for Experienced and Beginner Beekeepers  December 27, 2020. The Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association (EMBA) will offer two days of professional, virtual beekeeping instruction and honey bee health research presentations for beginners and experienced beekeepers, by ZOOM…
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January 18, 2021
Bee Culture

CATCH THE BUZZ – ‘The History of Bees’

Book: The History of Bees Author: Maja Lunde Review by: Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President, and CEO of AGCO Corporation Martin Richenhagen “As someone who has spent the better part of his professional career in the agricultural industry, I have long understood the vital connection between honey bees and crop production. Honey bees pollinate much of the food we eat and, without them,…
UOVBA News Bot
January 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

December 2020 ABJ Issue for Download

The ongoing pandemic continues to put a crimp in beekeeper education throughout the country. With that in mind, we are making the December issue of American Bee Journal available for all beekeepers to view on our website as a PDF. Please feel free to share it with local club members and online workshop attendees. You will need Adobe Acrobat, which…
UOVBA News Bot
January 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

Squash Pollination

The spring flowers have withered away, typical for a late June dearth in Piedmont Virginia. As the heat of the summer begins to surge, the bee flight in my apiaries has waned from the zeal of the spring nectar flow. Now in the mornings, the bees begin collecting water to cool their hives. I know the rhythm of their work,…
UOVBA News Bot
January 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

Notes from the Lab – January 2021

If you overuse antibiotics on your bees, your colonies may fail due to inadequate gut microbes. Nowadays it seems like there’s a new paper published every week showing how a robust gut microbiome is critical to honey bee health. Last month, we highlighted a paper showing that gut microbes shape how workers smell, which determines whether they’re recognized as colony-mates…
UOVBA News Bot
January 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

Mix

After fielding beekeeper questions for eleven years, I have a decent idea of what confuses beginners. When it comes to puzzlement, nothing generates more than sugar syrup. On my website, questions such as “How do I make sugar syrup?” outnumber “How do I control varroa mites?” about 2:1. And there it is, one of syrup’s revered ratios, along with 1:1,…
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January 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

The Classroom – January 2021

Q  Mystery debris in the brood Do you know what these black specks are? Chris Oster Florida, October               A Great pictures, Chris! These are wax moth feces. You sent a couple of pictures so let me explain what you see in both. In the first picture (Figure 1), you have opened a drone…
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January 15, 2021
Bee Culture

CATCH THE BUZZ- WAS Mini Conference

Western Apicultural Society An educational organization for beekeepers in western North America Mini-Conferences January Mini-Conference Wednesday, January 20 7 – 8:30 pm (MST) REGISTER HERE , (copy and paste) https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ADdao1yaS1WvABlXls7ccQ Speakers Melanie Kirby, WAS Director, Zia Queenbees Farm and Field Institute, New Mexico For her Masters research, Melanie uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) to evaluate mating behavior and has years of experience…
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January 14, 2021
Bee Culture

CATCH THE BUZZ- Coalition Buzz

Farmers and beekeepers are partners in supporting productive agriculture. That’s why the Honey Bee Health Coalition is working across sectors to develop the tools and resources farmers and beekeepers need to protect pollinators and ensure honey bees thrive in agricultural landscapes. Read on for Coalition updates and don’t forget to visit our website for resources to manage varroa mites, protect pollinators…
UOVBA News Bot
January 13, 2021