Monthly Archives: November 2011

Nosema in the Lab

http://beeinformed.org/2011/11/nosema-in-the-lab/

Looking into the eyepiece of my microscope at the water-mount slides I have prepared, hardly anything I see resembles honey bees.  Coincidentally, everything appears a monochromatic amber-gold very close to the color scheme of the inside of a hive.  But that is really where the similarity stops.  Instead of seeing a humming colony of busy,…

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What’s Happening…

Last week Rob, Katie, and I traveled to Rohnert Park, CA for the California State Beekeepers Association Convention.  The three of us presented Tuesday morning, introducing our work with California bee breeders.  There were many good speakers at the convention whose work and presentations helped to spark conversation in the hallway.  The fun part, for…

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The Promised Land 2: the airing

This week on National Public Radio, the Public Media program The Promised Land broadcasted the story on Marla I wrote about previously. It is a pretty good listen. Marla talks about how she got into bees, propolis, the Bee Squad for small time beekeepers, about the Bee Tech-Team we do, among other things. One of…

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Beekeeping Video Game to Identify Brood Stages

http://beeinformed.org/2011/11/beekeeping-video-game-to-identify-brood-stages/

OK, so maybe its not technically a video game, but Reed Johnson at Ohio State has developed an online program called Broodmapper.com  to inspect brood frames. Citizen science is a term used describe similar projects, where the general public participates in the collection and analysis of data. Often the tasks include an educational component. In…

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How to Pin Bees

http://beeinformed.org/2011/11/how-to-pin-bees/

In prior blogs, I talked about methods of collecting bees from nets to bowl traps. I am now going to talk about the process of pinning the insects that have been collected. If the collected bees are frozen, put them on a paper towel or tissue to dry for 10 minutes or so. I will…

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Certified Production in Honey Bees

http://beeinformed.org/2011/11/certified-production-in-honey-bees/

  Product certification is a process designed to give some level of assurance to consumers that a product is produced under certain guidelines. In honey bees, we tend to most often think about USDA Organic certification of honey. However, there are other certification programs in honey bees including Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) and queens produced…

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San Diego

http://beeinformed.org/2011/11/san-diego/

This past week I traveled to San Diego and the Central Valley to help with the National Honey Bee sampling. It was a wonderful experience that opened my eyes to the world of large scale beekeeping.  It was a hectic week but it made it all the more interesting. The beekeepers and operations I had…

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Honey without Pollen

http://beeinformed.org/2011/11/honey-without-pollen/

There has been an article circulating the bee world that I find really interesting and a bit disturbing. It is about how much of the honey purchased in stores lacks pollen. What happens is during the filtration stage of honey extraction, the company uses a really fine filter to remove anything that isn’t honey, so…

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Finding the Queen

For the purpose of hive inspection determining the status of the queen is highly dependent on a beekeepers ability to identify eggs, larvae, pupae, and the queen.  Finding eggs means the queen was or has been present in the hive within the last 1-3 days.  Without eggs you are left to assume that there may…

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