The Bee Health Update is a bi-monthly newsletter which updates current activities around the Bee Health, eXtension.org community content at:
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Community fact sheet:
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Bee Health funding is provided by:
- Managed Pollinator CAP: Coordinated Agricultural Project
- USDA-ARS Areawide Program for Improving Honey Bee Health, Survivorship, and Pollination Availability
- University of Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture
Would you like to add content to eXtension.org and the Bee Health Update newsletter? Bee Health is accepting research based information articles, FAQ’s, instructional articles and videos, events, news, and any other content that helps us achieve our goal of facilitating knowledge transfer of sustainable bee management practices. Help us to secure continued pollination of our natural and agricultural plant communities by adding your expertise to eXtension.org. Contributions should be coordinated with Michael Wilson, University of Tennessee mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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Video: Honey Bees and Beekeeping
Now available online, this classic, public TV series by Keith Delaplane and the University of Georgia walks the viewer through the establishment of 10 new hives and a year of management. This basic management information is invaluable for the new beekeeper and a real resource for experienced beekeepers to utilize to share with others. Topics covered range from installing packages and the health of colonies, to more advanced topics like queen rearing and migratory beekeeping. Roughly 4hrs of instruction is presented in an enjoyable format. Much of the series is already online and organized at Honey Bees and Beekeeping: A Year in the Life of an Apiary. Over the next month, the final chapters will be converted and uploaded to the Bee Health YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/beehealth
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Introduction: Section 1.1: Presented with permission of the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education. To purchase the complete “Honey Bees and Beekeeping” television series on DVD or accompanying book, please call 1-800-359-4040
Susan Cobey at UC Davis has provided the following materials to the eXtension site.
- Instrumental Insemination of Honey Bee Queens
Instrumental insemination, I.I., is a proven and reliable method of controlled mating, providing an essential tool for honey bee research, bee breeding, and stock maintenance. The ability to control mating allows bee breeders to select stocks for economically valued traits and researchers to explore honey bee behavior and genetics.
Nosema ceranae – The Inside Story, Dr. Tom Webster, Kentucky State University: Apr 2010
- This information article is added to our library of “Diseases, Pests, and Conditions” section for beekeepers reference.
Pesticides Applied to Crops and Honey Bee Toxicity, Dr. Marion Ellis, University of Nebraska, Lincoln: May 2010
- This is an overview of pesticide issues related to honey bees. For more detail into this subject, you can download Reed Johnson et al.’s review in Apidologie at Marion Ellis’s homepage, see “Publications” and click on “Johnson, R.M., M.D. Ellis, C. Mullin, M. Frazier. 2010. Pesticides and honey bee toxicity – USA. Invited review. Apidologie. DOI: 10.1051/apdio/2110018.”
- The Stationary Apiary Coordinated Agricultural Project: A View from the Front Lines, Kerry Lynott, Pennsylvania State University: June 2010
- Read about the logistics of the science battle field in Kerry Lynott’s above article.
- Breeding Bees for Resistance to Parasites and Diseases, Dr. Greg J. Hunt, Purdue University: July 2010
Dance Language of the Honey Bee
Dance Language of the Honey Bee is a new article assembled from materials from the following people
- Karl von Frisch
- Bill Tietjen, Bellarmine University
- Kirk Visscher, University of California, Riverside
Upcoming Events and a Bee Bookmark
Two important conferences are coming up in the Eastern US where CoP members will be presenting and instructing about broad topics in honey bee health. Presentations and workshops vary across the full spectrum of beekeeping from beginner to advanced and hobby to commercial. During these events, we will be increasing awareness about the eXtension.org project.
The University of Georgia has developed a bookmark to increase awareness of the Bee Health eXtension site and the Managed Pollinator CAP website. 1,500 copies have been printed to date with scheduled distributions so far at.
- The NIFA USDA table for National Pollinator Week on the Washington DC Mall June 21st
- Heartland Apicultural Society meeting Cookeville, TN July 8th – 10
- Eastern Apicultural Society of North America short course and conference: Boone NC, August 2 – 6, 2010
For as little as $1 each, you can purchase copies of Bee Pollinators in Your Garden published by the American Association for Professional Apiculturists, edited by E.C. Mussen, M. Spivak, D.F. Mayer, and M.T. Sanford. It is an 18 page color booklet that covers the following topics: Why Bees are the Best Pollinators, What is a Bee?, What Bees are Common? Habitat for Bees, Insecticides and Bees, and lists of sources for honey bees, non-Apis bees, bee equipment and references. These make great publications to hand out at your next public event.
Thank you for your time and attention,
University of Tennessee