A fungal disease of the honey bee gut known as nosema disease is caused by the microsporida Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae. The only product currently registered in the US to control this disease is Fumagillin. Survey respondents were asked if they used Fumagillin or … Continue reading
Hi everybody, My name is Liana Teigen and I recently joined BIP to be a part of the FL/GA tech team. I am based out of the Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab (HBREL) at the University of Florida in … Continue reading
Some beekeepers use antibiotics prophylactically or in response to brood deseases European foulbrood and American foulbrood, which are caused by bacteria. Survey questions allowed a comparison of winter mortality among those who indicated they applied an antibiotic (Terramycin and/or Tylosin (Tylan)), … Continue reading
Andrew Being a Friendly Face
WOW beekeepers know how to throw a conference! I recently returned to Maryland after attending the eastern apiculture society meeting and it was really fun. Andrew and I talked to tons of people at our booth about BIP, but we also got to enjoy several of the talks and other activities offered at EAS.
Sometimes people would come by the booth just to say something nice about BIP. I really enjoyed talking with people who were already participating in some of our initiatives, such as the management survey, or our Tier 4 pilot program. It helps get through some of the more tedious tasks in the lab when you can imagine an actual person at the other end of the line.
We also just got to talk a lot about beekeeping. There is one thing I’ve been hearing over and over: People are still losing A LOT of bees, inexplicably. I can’t begin to diagnose why any one person lost a hive but it reinforces the importance of taking data and making information available.
Katie Lee performing a hive assessment at EAS
Although it is easy to fall into a pit of gloom and doom when talking about whats going on with the bees, I found there was a hopeful and supportive atmosphere at EAS. The shear diversity of research on honeybees is really encouraging, we saw talks on everything from diet, habitat, management styles, toxicology, disease, queens, larvae, feral colonies, and pro-biotics to name a few. All of this research is being conducted with the goal of making beekeeping as sustainable as it used to be. Thank you EAS for a wonderful time!
Currently I am at the Penn State International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health, and Policy with Nathalie and Meghan. We are having a wonderful time at this beautiful location and talking with scientists from all over the world! The masters student in me is really looking forward to the poster session tonight to get a wide view of what exciting new research is going on not just on honeybees but all manner of pollinators.
A very small part of a WONDERFUL pollinator garden within the EXTRA WONDERFUL arboretum at penn state. (I love UMD but I have garden envy!)
The purpose of a hive assessment is give you a idea of what is going on in the colony and to see if you need to do any type of management. Taking notes on the results of the hive assessments … Continue reading
Honey bee tracheal mites are parasitic mites that can be controlled with the registered product Mite-A-Thol, or with grease patties which are made from sugar and vegetable shortening. Few beekeepers reported using either of these control methods and no significant … Continue reading
There is little doubt that varroa mites are a big problem for many beekeepers. Simply put these parasites spread viruses and weaken colonies and are arguably the single most important contributor to colony losses over the last 20 years. So … Continue reading
The Respondent’s Losses Profile reviews how management styles, region, operation size, operation type, and season affect colony losses last year as reported by beekeepers in the 2011-2012 survey. Not surprisingly, most losses are reported to occur over the winter season, although summer … Continue reading
Our initial National Management Survey Results for 2011-2012 are posted here. In the coming weeks we will post accompanying vlogs and explinations for each section that explain the results in a broader context. Keep your eye out for these results, … Continue reading