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The Colony Loss Map is Up and Running

http://beeinformed.org/2015/03/the-colony-loss-map-is-up-and-running/

The marriage between data collection and GIS just got a little sweeter for the bees and their keepers around the country. Years of Winter Loss data are now accessible through a masterfully created, interactive web map. It has been a long time coming. We are so excited to continue to provide beekeepers with the information they need…

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Know your honey bee colonies: non-destructive testing for varroa mites

http://beeinformed.org/2015/03/know-your-honey-bee-colonies-non-destructive-testing-for-varroa-mites/

Varroa mites (Varroa destructor) were accidentally introduced into the U.S. in 1987 and rapidly became a destructive pest of honeybees. Not only do varroa mites suck the blood (haemolymph) of the bees, they transmit disease through this feeding and generally weaken colonies (Rosenkranz et al. 2010).  Low infestations of varroa mites left without mitigation can…

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October Bee Lab Varroa and Nosema Results

http://beeinformed.org/2014/11/october-bee-lab-varroa-and-nosema-results/

The Maryland lab has been very busy this past month! We temporarily relocated our sample processing while our lab undergoes a remodel. This remodel will permit us to process a larger number of samples. For the month of October (10/2-10/29/14), numerous samples were processed in the Maryland Bee lab.  The lab examined 1448 varroa and…

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