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Bacteria from Bees Possible Alternative to Antibiotics

Posted On: September 12, 2014

Raw honey has been used against infections for millennia, before honey – as we now know it – was manufactured and sold in stores. So what is the key to its antimicrobial properties? Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have identified a unique group of 13 lactic acid bacteria found in fresh honey, from the Continue Reading »

National Honey Board Accepting Bee Research Proposals

Posted On: August 27, 2014

Firestone, Colo., Aug. 25, 2014 – The National Honey Board is requesting proposals for research dealing with honey bee colony production. The goal of this research is to help producers maintain colony health while assuring the maintenance of honey quality.  The NHB is encouraging proposals on Varroa research, but will consider proposals dealing with  Acarapis Continue Reading »

Evolutionary History of Honeybees Revealed by Genomics

Posted On: August 26, 2014

 New findings show a surprisingly high level of genetic diversity in honeybees, and indicate that the species most probably originates from Asia, and not from Africa as previously thought. (Credit Alex Hayward) In a study published in Nature Genetics, researchers from Uppsala University present the first global analysis of genome variation in honeybees. The findings Continue Reading »

Of Bees, Mites, and Viruses

Posted On: August 21, 2014

Virus infections after arrival of a new parasitic mite in New Zealand honeybee colonies Honeybee colonies are dying at alarming rates worldwide. A variety of factors have been proposed to explain their decline, but the exact cause—and how bees can be saved—remains unclear. An article published on August 21st in PLOS Pathogens examines the viral landscape in Continue Reading »

Worker bees ‘Know’ When to Invest in Their Reproductive Future

Posted On: August 21, 2014

Reproductive cycle triggered when colonies reach 4,000 members    Honeybees build a new comb on a wooden frame of a beehive. The piece of comb on the right shows the transition from worker comb (small inner cells) to drone comb (large outer cells). Credit: Madeleine M. Ostwald When a colony of honeybees grows to about Continue Reading »

Foundation Offering Five Graduate Student Scholarships

Posted On: August 12, 2014

Submission Deadline September 19, 2014 The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. (The Foundation) is offering five $2000 scholarships to apiculture graduate students in 2015. This is the Foundation’s 10th year to award these scholarships. The Foundation is a charitable research and education foundation affiliated with the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF). The Foundation Continue Reading »

Venom Gets Good Buzz as Potential Cancer-fighter

Posted On: August 12, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug.11, 2014 — Bee, snake or scorpion venom could form the basis of a new generation of cancer-fighting drugs, scientists will report here today. They have devised a method for targeting venom proteins specifically to malignant cells while sparing healthy ones, which reduces or eliminates side effects that the toxins would otherwise cause. Continue Reading »

New Data Reflects the Continued Demand for Farmers Markets

Posted On: August 4, 2014

Three New USDA Directories Help Connect Consumers and Farmers through Local Food Opportunities WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Anne Alonzo announced over the weekend that USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory now lists 8,268 markets, an increase of 76 percent since 2008. The data reflects Continue Reading »

Honey Flavor Wheel: Do You Know How to Describe the Flavor?

Posted On: August 4, 2014

by Kathy Keatley Garvey UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology DAVIS–When you taste honey, do you know how to describe the flavor? You probably will when you use the UC Davis Honey and Pollinator Center’s newly published Honey Flavor Wheel. The newly published Honey Flavor Wheel from the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center Continue Reading »

USDA Extends Deadline for the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program

Posted On: July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced today that the enrollment deadline for the 2012 and 2013 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) has been extended to Aug. 15, 2014. Originally, program sign-up was scheduled to end Aug. 1. Continue Reading »

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