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The Mystery of Bees Deaths

Posted by douglasfarm on October 15, 2010 at 11:41 AM Comments comments (0)

Recently, the NY times posted an article saying they have found the main cause of CCD. Sadly, the magic cure was more smoke than reality.

I'm sure most beekeepers are aware now, that there will never be a magic cure for our death issues. Still, the general public may not, so another cause of public miss conception.


So many things kill the bees; a beekeeper needs more of a bee first aid kit or large (health) tool box, not a Bee Health Improver 6000.


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Grant un-to bee

Posted by douglasfarm on August 8, 2010 at 4:51 PM Comments comments (1)

So with great consideration during spare moments throughout EAS, I have decided the direction and to apply for a SARE research grant.

(I sugest you play superman theme music as you read this) :)


The primary focus of the project will be to develop nosema resistance within our Buckfest line. It's fairly clear Nosema is a problem that beekeepers can do little about.


Fumagilin B treatment has become the only course of action for beekeepers to fight...

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Colloidal Silver

Posted by douglasfarm on June 9, 2010 at 6:13 PM Comments comments (0)

Colloidal Silver is silver suspended in a solution, normally water. It's made by grinding or electrolysis.


Silver is a metal that has been used in medical instruments for a long time. It is easily cleaned.


Many believe it to have anti bacterial, fungus, and viral properties.


I've heard of beekeepers spraying their equipment with colloidal silver. Please don't. Don't jump off any bridges because they guy next to you says its a good idea....

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Bees Against Elephants

Posted by anonymous on May 1, 2009 at 2:14 PM Comments comments (0)

Bees Against ElephantsThe bee method could save the elephants By Stefan Anitei, Science Editor

9th of October 2007, 06:52 GMT






This is not a cartoon joke: the Goliath of our days can be chased away by the same insects: bees. The giant mammals evacuate the place as soon as they hear the buzz of a bee swarm.

In the end, this could be their sa...

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Wolfgang H. Kirchner and William F. Towne

Posted by douglasfarm on April 24, 2009 at 3:38 PM Comments comments (0)

Wolfgang H. Kirchner and William F. Towne two honey bee biologist. Have done some amazing work:

Hearing in Honey Bees: Detection of Air-Particle Oscillations


Science 12 May 1989:

Vol. 244. no. 4905, pp. 686 - 688

DOI: 10.1126/science.244.4905.686

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Analysis of Africanized honey bee mitochondrial DNA reveals further diversity of origin

Posted by douglasfarm on April 9, 2009 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Recent DNA research findings:

Within the past 40 years, Africanized honey bees spread from Brazil and now occupy most areas habitable by the species Apis mellifera, from Argentina to the southwestern United States. The primary genetic source for Africanized honey bees is believed to be the sub-Saharan honey bee subspecies A. m. s...

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Bee Vision

Posted by douglasfarm on April 9, 2009 at 9:17 AM Comments comments (0)

Dr. Karl von Frisch is a well known honey bee scientist. Here is a biography of his works:




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Effects of hive spacing, entrance orientation, and worker activity on nest relocation by honey bee queens

Posted by douglasfarm on April 8, 2009 at 5:26 PM Comments comments (0)

Juan Antonio Perez-Sato1, 2, William O.H. Hughes1, 3, Margaret J. Couvillon1, 4 and Francis L.W. Ratnieks1, 5

1  Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK
2  Present address: Colegio de Postgraduados Campus Cordoba, Km 348 Carretera Federal Cordoba-Veracruz, Congregación Manuel Leon Amatlan de los Reyes, Cordoba, Veracruz,...

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