Monthly Archives: November 2013

Honey is more than just a sweet treat

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Honey has many uses besides being a delicious food consumed by our favorite flying friends and us. I found some wonderful home remedies I would like to share and try. Honey can help heal open wounds and treat burns.  According to an article in Scientific World Journal (2011), honey‘s antibacterial properties can kill off bacteria…

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How dogs’ incredible sense of smell can help beekeepers

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Dogs are truly amazing, not only for their loyalty and affection but also for their incredible sense of smell. It is common knowledge that their nose easily overpowers our own.  In fact, it’s approximately 10,000 times better according to researchers at FSU. James Walker describes it well: “If you make the analogy to vision, what…

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Growing Concern Over Chemical Synergism in Beehives

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Honeybees are hoarders, they accumulate good things like different types of nectar and pollen, but like hoarders there are some unintended consequences to bringing in all of that forage. That consequence is the accumulation of different pesticides.  We also add to their pesticide load when we treat for diseases. A study of hive samples in…

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New Cell Cultures Advance Honey Bee Science

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Cell cultures are cells that are removed from an organism and grown apart from the body in a controlled environment. Put another way, cells in a cell culture are living and reproducing, but are grown in a lab instead of as a part of a body. Cell lines are cell cultures that come from the…

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Queens and Nosema ceranae

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While I have only done it a few times, every once in a while a beekeeper will contact our lab and ask us to check a queen for Nosema spores. A couple weeks ago a beekeeper experienced unusual losses in his apiary. Since he wanted to cover all bases so to say, he also sent…

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The Basics of Moving Hives

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At some point every beekeeper will need to move hives, whether it’s a beginning hobbyist bringing home their first colony or a seasoned professional moving an entire operation across the country. Here at the NorCal Bee Informed Partnership “headquarters” in Oroville, we recently relocated 4 rooftop colonies about a half mile away because some of…

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Large Pests of Honey Bees

There are many pests of honeybees. I will discuss a few of the larger animals. The Mid-Atlantic Apicultural Research & Extensions Consortium has a great publication on the topic http://agdev.anr.udel.edu/maarec/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Pests_of_Honey_Bees_PM.pdf. Like Winnie the Pooh, bears love to chow down on brood and honey. Their quest for honey results in a hive being destroyed in the…

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Why your drones are getting the boot

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Drones, male bees, are not physically capable of doing work around the hive. They can’t sting, can’t collect pollen or nectar, can’t take care of the larvae, etc. They pretty much do only two things: eat and mate. Queens are produced when the weather is nice enough for them to mate, preferably over 70 and…

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