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Nation’s Beekeepers Lost 44 Percent of Bees in 2015-16

https://beeinformed.org/2016/05/10/nations-beekeepers-lost-44-percent-of-bees-in-2015-16/

Summer losses rival winter losses for the second year running Beekeepers across the United States lost 44 percent of their honey bee colonies during the year spanning April 2015 to April 2016, according to the latest preliminary results of an annual nationwide survey. Rates of both winter loss and summer loss—and consequently, total annual losses—worsened…

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The National Honey Bee Disease Survey: Varroa & Nosema in the US

https://beeinformed.org/2016/05/04/the-national-honey-bee-disease-survey-varroa-nosema-in-the-us/

The National Honey Bee Disease Survey investigates honey bee apiaries throughout the US to see if three exotic honey bee pests are still absent from our shores. Samples collected from 41 states and two territories reveal that we are still free of the Tropilaelaps mite, Slow bee paralysis virus, and the Asian honey bee Apis cerana. …

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National Colony Loss and Management Survey: You’ve Got Questions We’ve Got Answers

https://beeinformed.org/2016/04/06/national-colony-loss-and-management-survey-youve-got-questions-weve-got-answers/

Thank you to the 2,500+ beekeepers who already took the survey! As of this morning (4/6/2016), over 2,500 of you already submitted your answers to the Colony Loss Survey and over 1,500 of you continued to the Management Survey. Thank you for your time and continued support! This current rate of participation tracks very well…

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2015-2016 Colony Loss and Management Survey Is Live: Take the Survey Today!

https://beeinformed.org/2016/04/01/2015-2016-colony-loss-and-management-survey-is-live-take-the-survey-today/

It is April 1st and that can only mean one thing at the Bee Informed Partnership – our National Loss and Management survey is LIVE!  Starting now and continuing until April 30th, your responses from this survey provide invaluable information that helps us obtain a clear picture of honey bee health throughout the country and…

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National Colony Loss and Management 2015-2016 Survey

https://beeinformed.org/2016/03/31/national-colony-loss-and-management-2015-2016-survey-preview/

This is no April’s fool!  The 2015 – 2016 National Colony Loss and National Management Survey will be ready to accept submissions starting April 1st and continuing until April 30th.  The results that are received from this survey provide invaluable information that helps us obtain a clear picture of honey bee health throughout the country….

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Sentinel Apiary Project

https://beeinformed.org/2016/03/21/sentinel-apiary-project/

We are breaking ground in modern beekeeping. The stage is set and like most big problems, collaboration is key. As a Sentinel Apiary participant, you will get the tools and information you need to take your beekeeping group to the next level. By doing so you become a guardian of all bees in your region…

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Why did my honey bees die?

https://beeinformed.org/2016/03/08/why-did-my-honey-bees-die/

  Learning to identify a common cause of winter death in Northern Climates By Meghan Milbrath, Michigan State University Extension, March 8, 2016 Guest Blog Beekeepers in northern climates have already lost a lot of colonies this winter.  While official counts won’t be recorded for a few months, some trends are starting to emerge.  One…

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JOIN THE P. APIUM PROJECT! – A CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT TO TEST OUT A NEW HONEY BEE PROBIOTIC

https://beeinformed.org/2016/01/12/join-the-p-apium-project-a-citizen-science-project-to-test-out-a-new-honey-bee-probiotic/

Dr. Vanessa Corby-Harris from the USDA-ARS is currently enrolling participants in a study to look at the effects of a probiotic, Parasaccharibacter apium (or P. apium) on colony health. In both lab and small-scale field studies, she sees a potential benefit of P. apium to colony health. Bees supplemented with this bacterium can survive better…

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Bee Informed Partnership Diagnosis and treatment of Common Honey Bee Diseases Wins Bronze!

https://beeinformed.org/2015/12/16/bee-informed-partnership-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-common-honey-bee-diseases-wins-bronze/

At Apimondia this year our training manual for ‘Common honey bee diseases’ was submitted in the book category.  This simple training manual was entered among many other highly competitive books and won a bronze award to our surprise!  I originally wanted to create a honey bee disease/diagnosis manual because  most of the literature had very…

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