Posts Tagged: Bee breeding

Queen Bee Identification

http://beeinformed.org/2012/04/queen-bee-identification/

Over the past few months we have been sampling and assessing colonies throughout queen breeders operations. We looked at colony size, weight, brood pattern, bee color and queen status. I had a chance to photograph some different Italian queens (Apis mellifera ligustica) and Carniolan queens (Apis mellifera carnica). Both species are usually gentle and can…

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Queen Season

http://beeinformed.org/2012/03/queen-season/

It is queen producing season! The first grafts happened late February and now thousands and thousands of nucs (mini colonies) are scattered across the Sacramento Valley. Normally, how it works is the beekeepers make up the tiny colonies with about a spam can of bees (that is the actual measurement in a few cases), put…

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Spring Sampling Season

http://beeinformed.org/2012/03/sampling-season/

Our spring sampling season is almost finished (in Northern CA, spring starts in January – coming from the Midwest, I initially found that very confusing) . It has been a marathon to try and get all the bees sampled before the queen breeding season starts. We’ve been sampling colonies for Varroa, Nosema, viruses, and hygienic…

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Testing for Hygienic Behavior

http://beeinformed.org/2012/01/testing-for-hygienic-behavior/

Last Thursday we started with our first two days of breeder sampling at Pendell-Apiaries in Stonyford, CA. Breeder sampling includes colony assessments, hygienic, Varroa, Nosema, and virus testing. Katie did a tremendous job in the field explaining and guiding the team through the tasks that needed to be completed during the two days we spent…

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American Beekeeping Federation Conference

http://beeinformed.org/2012/01/american-beekeeping-fenderation-conference/

I spent the last week in Las Vegas at the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) annual conference. Some years the American Honey Producers, the Apiary Inspectors of America, the American Beekeeping Research Conference, and the ABF all meet together. Joint meetings are the best meetings since so many people make it out. If the meetings are…

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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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California Bee Breeders Conference

http://beeinformed.org/2011/10/california-bee-breeders-conference/

Last week was the California Bee Breeder’s Association meeting. Mike, Rob and I attended and Dennis flew in from the East to go. I always enjoy the meetings in a large part because we get to watch all these independent personalities interact. We work with each beekeeper individually and get to know them, but only…

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Grafting

http://beeinformed.org/2011/08/grafting/

Thousands of queens are raised and sold around the country. But how does one get their bees to raise all these extra queens? The secret lies within manipulating the bees own biology (as does most of beekeeping). There are two types of eggs in the colony: unfertilized and fertilized. The unfertilized eggs will become drones…

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Hygienic Behavior

http://beeinformed.org/2011/07/hygienic-behavior/

Hygienic behavior is a trait that correlates with resistance to chalkbrood, American Foulbrood, and Varroa. Bees with the trait are able to detect, uncap, and remove infected pupae before they become infectious, slowing the spread of disease and the population growth of the mite. It is a trait with multiple genes involved influencing the uncapping…

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