Bee “Bed and Breakfast” Gets Helping Hand from Science

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are digging into the soil around alfalfa fields near Touchet, Washington, to unearth new clues to improve the lives of the crop's chief insect pollinator: the alkali bee. Alkali bees are champion alfalfa flower pollinators—even outperforming the respected honey bee. So much so, some Touchet farmers maintain open soil parcels called "bee beds" to encourage …

NEW Véto-pharma Survey – Varroa Monitoring

This survey is to help Véto-pharma to better understand the practices of beekeepers who monitor for varroa mites, and to identify possible aids that Véto-pharma could devise to make these procedures more convenient. By answering the following questions, you will help them in their R&D process, to improve their products and offer sustainable solutions for the future of beekeeping. You can answer the survey …

Jazz is Music to His Ears, But So Are the Bees

Kathy Keatley Garvey UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology He's been beekeeping and playing the clarinet for 69 years. Meet Norman Gary, a UC Davis emeritus professor of entomology who retired in 1994 after a 32-year academic career.  As an apiculturist and researcher, he authored scores of peer-reviewed publications, and most recently wrote a how-to-book, The Honey Bee Hobbyist: the Care and Keeping …

Honey Bee Health Coalition Unveils Videos to Help Beekeepers Combat Devastating Parasites

Videos Complement Coalition’s Tools for Varroa Management Guide, Provides Step-By-Step Demonstrations of Utilizing an Integrated Pest Management Strategy of Monitoring, Treatment [KEYSTONE, Colorado, Dec. 1, 2016] — The Honey Bee Health Coalition released a series of videos today to help beekeepers promote colony health and combat costly and destructive Varroa mite (Varroa destructor) infestations. The videos can be found on the …

Bees Use Multiple Cues in Hunt for Pollen

University of Exeter   Bees use a variety of senses and memory of previous experiences when deciding where to forage for pollen, research by the University of Exeter suggests. The researchers believe pollen-collecting bees do not base their foraging decisions on taste alone, but instead make an "overall sensory assessment" of their experience at a particular flower. Bees typically do not eat pollen when …

USDA Announces Applications Available for Conservation Stewardship Program

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2016 – Starting in November, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will accept and process applications for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the nation’s largest conservation program. Applications will be made available in local service centers. NRCS has made several updates to the program this year to help producers better evaluate …

Hawaiian Study Highlights a New Threat to Bees Worldwide

Earlham Institute, Norwich, England   Particularly under threat are honey bees, which are as vital to our food systems as the crops they pollinate, and which are prone to a range of emergent diseases including Moku and Deformed wing virus (DWV). The Moku virus was identified on Moku Island in Hawaii through a collaboration of institutes with complementary expertise. Purnima Pachori of the Platforms …

Bayer Feed a Bee and The Wildlife Society Kick Off First Annual Forage Tour to Plant 50 Million Seeds

Plantings in Texas, Kansas, Illinois and Florida will educate communities and establish more forage for spring 2017 RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (Nov. 1, 2016) – Each year, we eagerly look forward to fall, the official season of harvest time, pumpkin pie and hot apple cider. But none of these fall favorites would be quite as beloved without the hard work put …