Posts By: Michael Wilson

Blueberry Pollination in Maine Video

Here is a video I helped produce introducing commercial lowbush blueberry pollination in Maine. As part of a Specialty Crops Research Initiative (SCRI) project, this video series comes from the project titled ‘Pollination Security in the Northeast‘ . We interviewed blueberry growers, beekeepers, and the researchers involved in this project to get to the bottom…

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Examining Bacteria From Colonies with Foulbrood Symptoms

http://beeinformed.org/2012/09/examining-bacteria-from-colonies-with-foulbrood-symptoms/

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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BIP Ad. July 2012

Last year, US beekeepers reported the products they used (if any) to control Varroa mite. Beekeepers who reported using Apiguard or API LIFE VAR lost fewer colonies than those who used other varroa mite control products or no products at all.

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Beekeeping Video Game to Identify Brood Stages

http://beeinformed.org/2011/11/beekeeping-video-game-to-identify-brood-stages/

OK, so maybe its not technically a video game, but Reed Johnson at Ohio State has developed an online program called Broodmapper.com  to inspect brood frames. Citizen science is a term used describe similar projects, where the general public participates in the collection and analysis of data. Often the tasks include an educational component. In…

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Certified Production in Honey Bees

http://beeinformed.org/2011/11/certified-production-in-honey-bees/

  Product certification is a process designed to give some level of assurance to consumers that a product is produced under certain guidelines. In honey bees, we tend to most often think about USDA Organic certification of honey. However, there are other certification programs in honey bees including Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) and queens produced…

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Colony, a Beekeeping Documentary out on DVD

http://beeinformed.org/2011/06/colony-a-beekeeping-documentary-out-on-dvd/

  Get out your popcorn. Film directors Carter Gunn and Ross McDonnell’s bee movie “Colony” is out on DVD. Avoiding the quirky approach of “Vanishing of the Bees”, Carter and Ross allow you to experience the reality of California beekeepers facing threats of Colony Collapse Disorder and the declining US economy in 2008-2009. Certainly not…

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Removing Bees from a Tree

Working in Extension brings unusual opportunities to create educational materials. Here we created a video about about a question we receive frequently. And then, I added some detail and the video to our most viewed Frequently Asked Question about bees on eXtension.org: “I have honey bees in a tree. Can I remove them and keep…

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