Posts By: Katie Lee

New Cell Cultures Advance Honey Bee Science

http://beeinformed.org/2013/11/new-cell-cultures-advance-honey-bee-science/

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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Why your drones are getting the boot

http://beeinformed.org/2013/11/why-your-drones-are-getting-the-boot/

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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BIP Survey Winner: Scott Jaynes

http://beeinformed.org/2013/09/bip-survey-winner-scott-jaynes/

This year and last, the commercial scale beekeepers that fill out the annual Winter Loss Survey had a chance at winning a sampling session with one of the Tech-Transfer Teams. Last year’s winner was Bob Miller in California. The year’s winner was Scott Jaynes. Scott, his brother, and his father all run bees out of…

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Hive Assessments and Taking Notes

http://beeinformed.org/2013/08/hive-assessments-and-taking-notes/

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 helps you remember what the colony looked like on a specific date. I gave a…

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Bee kill in St. Paul, Minnesota UPDATE

http://beeinformed.org/2013/07/bee-kill-in-st-paul-minnesota-update/

UPDATE from this blog. With help from Lucinda Swanson that commented below, we figured out what actually happened to the swarm of bees. There were two swarms that were spotted in Downtown St. Paul at almost midnight on sunday night. Lucinda estimated that both were about the size of her 6 foot tall son’s torso….

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Bee kill in St. Paul, Minnesota

http://beeinformed.org/2013/07/bee-kill-in-st-paul-minnesota/

UPDATE for this blog here. Yesterday morning, a woman and her friend were walking around downtown St. Paul. Next to a couple of small trees they noticed “snowdrifts of dead bees.” The woman contacted Dr. Marla Spivak and sent a couple of pictures showing thousands of dead bees. With the huge bee kill that went on in…

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Bee Deaths in Minnesota

http://beeinformed.org/2013/05/bee-deaths-in-minnesota/

On May 7, a beekeeper in Minnesota noticed his bees were dying. I went to the beekeeper’s location a few days later and saw all the below symptoms and took samples for the beekeeper. There were bees on the ground with their legs up and twitching. There were bees that, when placed on their backs, couldn’t…

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Potent Pollen

http://beeinformed.org/2013/04/potent-pollen/

Dr. Zachary Huang out of Michigan State University recently wrote a review titled “Pollen nutrition affects honey bee stress resistance.” Frustratingly, it is one of those papers where you need to either pay $35 to get access to it or have access via a University library. Since it is hard to get ahold of, I…

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Sampling in the Deep South

http://beeinformed.org/2013/03/sampling-in-the-deep-south/

After spending about a month in California, I flew south to meet Jody Gerdts and travel around East Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi for three weeks. While most of the bees in the country are in California for almond pollination, there are a few beekeepers that have or bring bees down to the South for producing…

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How are your bees?

http://beeinformed.org/2013/02/how-are-your-bees/

Most of the commercial beekeepers in the Midwest move their colonies to southern locations for the winter, primarily to California for the pollination of almonds. I get to go where the bees go.  I spent the last couple of weeks sampling beekeeper sin the San Joaquin valley in California. Beekeepers from across the nation truck…

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