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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Bee Culture

Glyphosate could harm Bacteria Insects Rely On

  The saw-toothed grain beetle (Oryzaephilus surinamensis) on oat flakes.       Credit: Julian Kiefer, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz Glyphosate dangerous to beetles as well as plants The herbicide could harm bacteria that insects rely on. By Natalie Parletta / Cosmos The commonly used herbicide glyphosate might not be just bad news for bees. New research has found it could have broader ramifications…
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July 26, 2021
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At Home Beekeeping Series July 27

  At Home Beekeeping Series- July 27   The next session in the At Home Beekeeping Series will be Tuesday, July 27, from 6:30-7:30 PM CST. Our speaker this month is Dr. Tom Webster.  He will be speaking on the honey bee digestive system. Here is the link to the event on Facebook: https://fb.me/e/GgOfzDMX. Our local page :  https://www.facebook.com/LawrenceCountyextension.  …
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July 23, 2021
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Women in Beekeeping AgTech

Women in AgTech: Ellie Symes SOFTWARE FOUNDER HELPS ALMOND GROWERS MONITOR HIVE STRENGTH By:AMY WU Editor’s Note: The following profile is an excerpt from Amy Wu’s book, “From Farms to Incubators: Women Innovators Revolutionizing How Our Food is Grown,” which tells the stories of women entrepreneurs who are transforming agriculture through high technology. Ellie Symes could easily pass for the girl…
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July 22, 2021