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A Tanging Tempest in the Beeyard

By: James E. Tew Should I apologize? Should I immediately apologize for spending your reading time on an antiquated subject like “tanging” while other writers – in this very publication – are properly writing informative and current pieces for your beekeeping edification? In my defense, my involvement in this legacy swarm management topic started innocently enough and, ironically, some of…
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August 1, 2021
Bee Culture

Cell Punch Queen Rearing

By: Roland Gerner With this method, even beekeepers who have difficulties with grafting due to failing eyesight or other reasons can breed queens. It is based on the “Cell punch method” described by the late English beekeeper David Cushman. Material – one 2 ml disposable syringe per cell (a box of 100 costs less than five euros on the Internet.…
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August 1, 2021
Bee Culture

Florida State Science Fair

By: Atreya Manaswi Most teens favor dogs, cats, or maybe fish. Atreya Manaswi, a 9th grader from Orlando, Florida, prefers a very different creature: Apis mellifera, the honey bee. In fact, after two successful research projects, Atreya is determined to save the world’s honey bees from demise. “I think it can be easy to overlook such a small animal. But…
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August 1, 2021
Bee Culture

Common Floral Bacteria can induce Pollen Germination

  This image shows what pollen looks like with Acinetobacter, a genus of bacteria common in flowers. Many of the pollen grains are germinating and bursting. Credit: Shawn Christensen, UC Davis Common floral bacteria can induce pollen germination by UC Davis Certain species of floral bacteria can enhance pollen germination, according to a study published today from the University of California,…
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July 30, 2021
Bee Culture

Beekeeper Advocates for Health Benefits of Honey

    Viktor Plyushchev, owner of Smart Bee Pollinations, and his daughter Albeena open one of their beehives on their farm in La Center. PHOTO BY MADYSEN MCLAIN   Local beekeepers advocate for health benefits of honey For millennia, humans have used honey from bees for medicinal purposes but now, consumers hope to naturally decrease allergies, soothe a sore throat…
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July 29, 2021
Bee Culture

Bumblebee Decline Claim in Dispute

  By Robert Arnason Scientists from Simon Fraser University say some species are in decline but not all of them. | File photo In the winter of 2020, National Geographic ran a piece with a provocative headline: “Bumblebees are going extinct in a time of ‘climate chaos’.”It’s easy to find similar articles on the internet, which claim that bumblebees and wild…
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July 28, 2021
Bee Culture

Blueberry Pollination in Florida

  Florida blueberry growers part of national survey on pollinator use It’s National Blueberry Month, a time to savor the fruit’s flavor, reap its health benefits — including fiber and vitamins C and K — and appreciate how it grows. For example, most blueberry farmers use pollinators, such as bees, to help their plants blossom. A national group of scientists that includes…
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July 27, 2021
Scientific Beekeeping

A Test of Thermal Treatment for Varroa: Part 2

Beekeeper-funded Research A Test of Thermal Treatment for Varroa Part 2 First published in ABJ April 2021 Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com Last month I covered the theory of using thermal treatment (hyperthermia) to control varroa, and some of the designs of devices on the market.  I’d like to now answer some questions regarding thermal treatment. I The post A Test of…
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July 26, 2021
Ontario Beekeepers' Association News

Winter Hive Wrap Orders – Posted

The Wellington County Beekeepers’ Association is generously coordinating the winter wrap program, with proceeds supporting the OBA Tech-Transfer Research Program. In 2007, Jim Coneybeare and Diane Krout of the Wellington County Beekeepers organized the manufacture of these wraps and have made them available to Ontario Beekeepers each year since then.    Order for 2021 are now being taken. The deadline for…
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July 26, 2021