Posts By: Rachel Bozarth

Know Your Local Pollinators!

https://beeinformed.org/2013/04/22/know-your-local-pollinators/

Today I am posting on behalf of one of our undergrads, Tyler Connine. He is a pre-med biochemistry major at University of Maryland with a unique awareness of the natural world. Tyler is part of our ongoing Nosema project which is focused on the examination of individual bees for Nosema spores. Aside from his growing interest…

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Gardening for Pollinators

https://beeinformed.org/2013/04/04/gardening-for-pollinators/

Warm weather is just around the corner which makes this the perfect time of year to begin planting a garden. Working in the garden is relaxing, a great form of exercise and adds to aesthetics of your yard, plus you get lots of yummy home-grown veggies! But why stop here? Knock two birds out with…

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Update from the UMD Lab

Beekeeping this time of year in the Northeastern US is practically nonexistent. Honey bees cluster around their queen in their hives as below freezing temperatures, wind, and snow challenge their survival. Opening the hive in these kinds of conditions would be setting yourself up for failure. Winter this year in Maryland has been very unpredictable….

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Undergraduate Research in the vanEngelsdorp Lab

https://beeinformed.org/2012/12/18/undergraduate-research-in-the-vanengelsdorp-lab/

On December 7th, the undergraduates conducting research in the vanEngelsdorp lab at the University of Maryland gave their final project presentations. The samples our undergrad team analyzed came from a study performed by Jeff Pettis of the USDA Bee Research Lab. The study was based on 6 different apiaries in North Dakota looking to see…

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Hurricane Sandy and the Seabees

https://beeinformed.org/2012/11/05/hurricane-sandy-and-the-seabees/

Last weekend the east coast was hammered by Hurricane Sandy. Thankfully, all of us at the University of Maryland lab made it through unscathed, but some areas of the East Coast weren’t so lucky. My heart goes out to everyone who experienced flooding and devastation. I kept my parents company during the hurricane at their home on…

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2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

https://beeinformed.org/2012/07/25/2012-smithsonian-folklife-festival/

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an annual festival held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. that celebrates cultural diversity and traditions. The USDA Bee Research Lab was asked to participate this year as part of the theme “Campus and Community”. The festival commemorated the 150th anniversary of USDA and land-grant universities. Abraham Lincoln signed…

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Busy Bees at BRL

https://beeinformed.org/2012/06/28/busy-bees-at-brl/

The past month has been very busy for us at the Bee Research Lab in Maryland. There was one week we received shipments of alcohol samples from all 3 BIP teams: California, Minnesota and Hawaii. It was only a few weeks ago when we had boxes stacked high waiting to be processed. I am proud…

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Long-term or short-term lease?

https://beeinformed.org/2012/04/27/long-term-or-short-term-lease/

It was a couple weeks ago that Heather, Jennie and I were talking about using drone comb as Varroa management in a colony. Drone larvae are particularly attractive to Varroa mites. By adding drone comb to a hive, a beekeeper is creating a lure for the mites in the hope that they will go to…

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