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CATCH THE BUZZ- Biodiversity Conservation Should Start in Biden’s Backyard

Biodiversity Conservation Should Start in Biden’s Backyard The president can set a powerful example for the U.S. and the world by filling the White House grounds with America’s native plants and animals By: Desiree Narango & Max Lambert The manicured Rose Garden at the White House as of August, 2020. Credit: Drew Angerer Getty Images In 1908, when President Teddy Roosevelt was asked about…
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June 8, 2021
Scientific Beekeeping

Calculation for nosema spore count using a hemacytometer

calculation of nosema spore counts using hemacytometer Randy Oliver, ScientificBeekeeping.com From Cantwell 1970, assuming that each sampled bee is diluted with 1 mL of water.         Average spore count per bee is then: Average count per single small square x 4,000,000. Total count per large square (16 small squares) x 250,000. Or The post Calculation for nosema…
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June 7, 2021
Bee Culture

CATCH THE BUZZ- Bayer Loses EU Fight

Bayer loses fight over insecticides EU blamed for killing bees Fresh Fruit Portal The European Union’s top court on Thursday upheld the EU’s partial ban on three insecticides linked to harming bees, preventing their use on certain crops. The European Court of Justice dismissed an appeal by Bayer to overturn a lower EU court’s 2018 decision to uphold the ban.…
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June 7, 2021
Bee Culture

CATCH THE BUZZ- Flowers and Pollinators are not Synchronized

Which Flowers Bloom First and Why? A massive collection of dried flower specimens demonstrates that climate change disrupts the timing of spring blooms. Getty By: Olivia Box  The time of year when a flower blooms is influenced by many factors, including genetics, weather, and pollinators. But climate change is causing bloom times to happen earlier across ecosystems. According to several Boston-area…
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June 4, 2021
Ontario Beekeepers' Association News

Governments Providing Additional Supports for Ontario Beekeepers

 The Governments of Canada and Ontario are launching a new targeted beekeeper intake to support and strengthen the health of managed honey bees and Ontario’s beekeeping sector. Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (The Partnership) the new 50 per cent cost share intake opens on June 21, 2021 and will support beekeepers with 10 or more colonies registered with the Provincial Apiarist. Beekeepers…
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June 3, 2021
Bee Culture

CATCH THE BUZZ – Greenhouse Pollination with Flies

‘Worker flies’ all the buzz in Japan Agricultural Greenhouse Pollination amid honeybee shortage A Bee Fly, or a common green bottle fly, is seen on mango flowers in Ibusuki, Kagoshima Prefecture, in March 2021. (Mainichi) KAGOSHIMA — An increasing number of agricultural farms in Japan are using flies instead of honeybees to pollinate vegetables and fruits, because the supply of…
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June 3, 2021
Bee Culture

Lack of Honey Bee Pollination

Lack of honeybees impacting fruit production at Okanagan orchards “Some growers had to be shorted beehives this year because there wasn’t enough bees and manpower.” By : Mark Brett  •  Penticton Herald   Okanagan fruit growers who are already stinging from labour challenges and low prices now have a possible shortage of honeybees to worry about. “I don’t want to be an…
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June 2, 2021
Bee Culture

CATCH THE BUZZ- Michigan Vegetable Pollinator Stewardship Guide

MSU ExtensionPollination Pollinator stewardship guide for vegetable growers Ana Heck, Michigan State University Extension – April 16, 2021 Growers, beekeepers and MSU Extension provided input on a vegetable pollinator stewardship guide to protect and support managed pollinators. Honey bee pollinating a melon blossom. Photo by Dan Wyns. The Vegetable Pollinator Stewardship Guide, https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/vegetable-pollinator-stewardship-guide ,  was developed as part of a strategy to reduce pollinator…
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June 2, 2021
Bee Culture

CATCH THE BUZZ- Apple Pollination from a Little Friend

Local orchard brings in bees for pollination By: Matthew VanValkenburgh   A local apple orchard is getting a big hand from a little friend. There’s a buzz in the air at Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont. “Every year the Rulison Family Farm brings bees here to the farm, and they get here six in the morning, and they show up with a…
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June 1, 2021