Archives – August, 2013

Salford laboratory to monitor bee health

From: BBC

Jack Hobbs and Ian Molyneux
The apiary houses six hives with 500,000 bees

A group of allotment holders turned beekeepers have opened a laboratory to monitor the under-threat insects for potential deadly diseases.

The laboratory in Salford allows volunteers to examine bees under a microscope to check exotic pests have not infiltrated the hives.

In June the government ordered an urgent review of the decline of bees.

The project is run by gardeners at Kersal Vale allotments, who also collect honey from the apiary.

Leave a Comment August 7, 2013

Almond growers: Plan now for pollination

From: Red Bluff Daily News

The honey bee supply is being affected by a wide range of factors, including colony collapse disorder and related stressors such as Varroa mites, lack of pollen and nectar food sources, pesticides and pathogens.

Bees go from famine to feast to famine as limited natural food and forage before and after almond bloom puts stress on bees.

Almond growers can contribute to a better bee supply by providing forage in or near their orchards before and/or after almond bloom.

Leave a Comment August 5, 2013

Signs of resistance to varroa bee mite treatments – assoc

From: Radio New Zealand

The National Beekeepers Association says the battle against the varroa mite may cost almost $1 billion over the next three decades.

And the association’s chief executive, Daniel Paul, says there are now signs the effectiveness of the chemicals used to try to conquer the mite is diminishing.

He says there are increasing signs of resistance to the treatments that beekeepers have been using to control varroa, which has now spread throughout the country.

Mr Paul says that is not unexpected at this time in the life cycle of varroa, but it is a major concern.

Leave a Comment August 2, 2013

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