Monthly Archives: October 2013

Sacbrood Virus (SBV)

http://beeinformed.org/2013/10/sacbrood-virus-sbv/

SBV or Sacbrood Virus (Morator aetatulas) often appears during spring or colony buildup and causes larval death. The pupa fails to pupate and has a “shrunken head” appearance. When you see perforations in the sealed brood with the infected larvae inside, the perforation is usually choppy or jagged indicating a problem. If the SBV pupa…

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American Foulbrood (AFB)

http://beeinformed.org/2013/10/american-foulbrood-afb/

How does AFB spread? American Foulbrood (Paenibacillus larvae) is introduced to the hive by drifting bees from nearby colonies, infected equipment/tools, beekeepers and robbing. The infection begins when spores enter the hive, and then food contaminated by spores is fed to the larvae by nurse bees. Once spores are in the midgut the bacteria take…

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An October Tour of the UMD Apiary

http://beeinformed.org/2013/10/an-october-tour-of-the-umd-apiary/

Last week, Jordan Arata and I had the pleasure of giving a tour of the UMD Apiary.  The apiary is located on the roof of a]one of the campus diners.  The tour was set up by Carin Cebuluski, from the UMD Arboretum; and only one person in the tour group had any beekeeping experience.  I really enjoy showing…

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Parasitic Mite Syndrome (PMS)

http://beeinformed.org/2013/10/parasitic-mite-syndrome-pms/

PMS or Parasitic Mite Syndrome is a condition that causes a honey bee colony to deteriorate and eventually dwindle away and die. There has not yet been a pathogen detected which causes the brood symptoms that appear with this syndrome. However there are always varroa mites present with this syndrome. The brood symptoms look similar…

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Working at the NCSU Bee Lab

http://beeinformed.org/2013/10/working-at-the-ncsu-bee-lab/

Jordan Arata, one of our undergraduates who worked for our lab this summer was ‘stationed’ at the North Carolina State University lab working with Dr. David Tarpy.  He details his experiences below.  Jordan is also President of the UMD Apiary club. This summer I had the pleasure of working and learning at David Tarpy’s honey…

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