“i5k” is for Insects

Honey bees were one of the very first arthropods to have their genome sequenced. This initial sequencing effort was completed in 2006, funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute and the United States Department of Agriculture. Since then scientists have also sequenced the genomes of honey bee parasites/pathogens, including Varroa, Nosema and Paenibacillus larvae, which causes American Foulbrood. Two …

Clemson, UNCG Researchers Test Honey Bee
Response to Eclipse Totality

By T. DeLene Beeland CLEMSON, South Carolina — About two miles from the Clemson University campus, where 50,000 people gathered to gaze skyward during the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, bee researcher Jennifer Tsuruda kept her eyes focused earthward to see how honey bees behaved when nighttime darkness momentarily interrupted afternoon sun. The lives of honey bees are intertwined with the sun. They …

Caribbean Beekeeper Training – Barbados

You're invited to the 5th Annual Caribbean Bee College At the University of West Indies, Cave Hill Campus in Wanstead, Barbados November 1st - 4th, 2017 Hosted by the University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab Click here to register or for more information Two Days of Training November 3rd and 4th will be the main training days for beekeepers and bee enthusiasts looking …

The Future of Agriculture is Center Stage
at Ag Innovation Showcase

Bees, new food sources and machine learning are leading trends Los Angeles, CA and St. Louis, MO – August 30, 2017 - Trained bees that pollinate specific target crops, snacks that make eating bugs more of a novelty, and sugar without the guilt or health issues and sensing technologies that give real-world advice to farmers are just a few disruptive innovations …

Varroa Mites – Bees’ Archenemies –
Have Genetic Holes in Their Armor

Michigan State University   EAST LANSING, Mich. - Seemingly indestructible Varroa mites have decimated honeybee populations and are a primary cause of colony collapse disorder, or CCD. Michigan State University scientists have found genetic holes in the pests' armor that could potentially reduce or eliminate the marauding invaders. The team's results, published in the current issue of Insect Science, have identified four …

The Bee Nutrition Challenge: An Innovation Award

Courtesy of Calling all honey bee and animal nutrition enthusiasts! The Honey Bee Health Coalition is excited to announce the launch of the 2017 Bee Nutrition Challenge: An Innovation Award. The Problem Our honey bees are in trouble, partly because they don’t have enough to eat. Thanks to researchers, we’ve learned a lot about the nutrients bees need in order to thrive. However, there’s …

Organic Industry Watchdog Lobbies for Stricter Regulations Governing Imports

After 10 Years of Pressure by The Cornucopia Institute, an Article in The Washington Post is Changing the Competitive Landscape in Organics   https://www.cornucopia.org/2017/07/organic-industry-watchdog-lobbies-stricter-regulations-governing-imports/ Cornucopia, WI — A recent Washington Post investigation illustrated serious flaws in the organic certification program at the USDA, undermining confidence in the organic label and spotlighting the harm domestic organic grain farmers continue to suffer at the hands …

2017 Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award Winners Honored for Impactful Local Honey Bee Health Initiatives

Jake Reisdorf, Tubbs Berry Farm and Twin Falls County Pest Abatement District, recognized for innovative approaches to promoting pollinator health and dedication to educating future generations Research Triangle Park, N.C. (July 24, 2017) – Bayer announced the recipients of the fifth annual Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award: young beekeeper Jake Reisdorf, and Kirk and Heidi Tubbs of Tubbs Berry Farm …