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1000th Certified Master Beekeeper

1000th Certified Master Beekeeper and Counting   After two decades of participants from 22 states and two countries, the Georgia Master Beekeeper Program has just welcomed its 1,000th participant. If you’ve ever attempted beekeeping, you probably know it’s not simply a matter of putting bees into a box. Beekeeping is equal parts science and art. Mastering both requires passion and dedication. “It’s…
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July 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

The Classroom – July 2021

Q  When not to merge bee colonies In a recent podcast , you discussed how bee colonies can be merged without newspaper. Is there a time when you should not just throw frames together? Howard Frysinger Pennsylvania, May A I combine colonies of all types, during all times of the year, without using newspaper, spraying the bees with water or…
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July 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

The Legacy of the Mite-biting Bees

Grooming is an important varroa-resistance trait, and new research might make it easier to select in breeding programs According to the Centers for Disease Control, every year over 400,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease — a serious illness, caused by bacteria transmitted by ticks. Tick season is in full swing, and there are few things more disconcerting than idly…
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July 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

What if we could make bees immune to pesticides?

Since my lab currently conducts pesticide risk assessments for bees, I sometimes hear feedback along the lines of, “Scott, it seems like you’re always focusing on the problems instead of finding solutions.” While I’m certainly sympathetic to this criticism, I would argue we first need to understand if (or when) there’s a problem before coming up with a solution. But…
UOVBA News Bot
July 15, 2021