Monthly Archives: September 2012

Spotlight on Valley Oak

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As we enter the final week of summer it seems fitting to talk about Quercus lobata Née, the Valley Oak. This tree is a late summer source of bee forage in Northern California where forage is scarce going into the fall. Valley oaks are endemic to California and are found in the interior valleys and…

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Honey….A Holiday Tradition

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I have always had a fascination with the holiday traditions of different religions and cultures. Today, I stumbled across a recent article on nydailynews.com about Rosh Hashanah and bees.  Bees have taken a prime role in the Jewish tradition. Honey represents wealth and happiness, is considered kosher, yet the comb is not.  It is however…

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All the Rage

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In the past few years I have noticed what I like to call the ‘owl phenomenon.’  Whether it is fashion, jewelry, stationary, kitchen gadgets, china figurines, tote bags and host of other items, owls are showing up everywhere. Keeping in characteristic with all trends that come and go, a new creature is slowly seeping into…

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BIP Survey Winner

The Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) was able to draw in 5,543 U.S. beekeepers to our latest 2011/2012 winter loss survey. This number of respondents represents an estimated 20% of beekeepers in the U.S. who manage over 14.6% of the country’s estimated 2.49 million colonies. We’re hoping to get even more next year and to do…

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Busy Bees

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The seasons are beginning to change, the lab is buzzing with activity and samples are being processed like clockwork. One can tell that the campus is back in session. We have four undergraduates and one graduate student filling up the diagnostic lab with their desire to research honey bees and although we haven’t finished unpacking…

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Examining Bacteria From Colonies with Foulbrood Symptoms

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Microscopy is a useful tool to diagnose honey bee problems. While working on some content for eXtension.org, I helped record the following video. These bacterial spores where found in a comb showing symptoms of American foulbrood disease. Paenibacillus larvae With Brownian Motion From a Honey Bee Colony Video description: Spores of the causative agent of…

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Childhood Memories

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It is funny how in life it seems we always seem to gravitate back to what we know. As a young child, up until about the young age of seven or so, my father kept bees.  It was something I had not given much thought to until I started working for Dennis as an undergrad,…

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