The USDA-ARS Honey Bee Breeding lab is world renowned for bee research attracting collaborations from United States and international organisations. During my visit at the lab, Dr. Jiri Danihlik from Palacky_University in Olomouc Czechia spent a few weeks working on a project started by a student of his studying oxidative stress in bees. Dr. Juri … Read moreResistance vs Tolerance
Our second stop on the Varroa Tolerance tour brought us to Western Washington, the land of islands, rivers, mountains, and IPAs. At a friends house, we were directed to the beer fridge in the garage with the disclaimer that “there are several different beers to choose from”. In Washington, it turns out, that this translates … Read moreCapacity Building
We are heading to the United States in a few weeks on an exciting adventure to learn how to breed Varroa tolerant bees from some of the most successful projects in the world. We will bring all our learning back to Australia and start creating the framework to tackle Varroa even before it arrives! This … Read moreLearning From The Best
Winter has finally arrived here in central Victoria. Hopefully all this rain will make for excellent spring forage. During winter bees hunker in their hives and feed off the stored honey and bee bread. In much of Australia temperatures are warm enough to supplemental feed if stores fall short. Sugar provides carbohydrates necessary to give … Read moreWinter Feeding
The International Specialised Skills Institute (ISS) is excited to help support honey bee research! Jody Gerdts was awarded a travel fellowship to study Varroa tolerance selection techniques with some key bee labs in the United States in July-August 2019. The goal of this project is to learn about traits and selection methods instrumental in helping … Read moreISS Agribusiness Fellowship 2018!
Last week I was at Darebin Parklands checking queens from the nucs we made during our queen rearing workshop. I was working late into the evening watching the sky fill with daunting rain clouds (57 ml of rain the following day!) and preparing to shift the colonies back to Bendigo. At 7:00pm, the girls were … Read morePropolis Flow at Darebin Parklands
At the beautiful Tall Timbers Lodge in the rainforest at the edge of the Tarkine Wilderness. Learning about Tasmanian Manuka honey and will be presenting on hygienic behaviour.
Conference time is here again! Beekeepers are keen to hear about the progress we are making on selecting and breeding bees for hygienic behaviour in Australia. Jody Gerdts will be speaking first at the Tasmanian conference May 29-30 and then at the Queensland conference 11-12 June to share the results of the past year’s tests.
Published Bee Picture! The latest issue of the Australian Bee Journal is quite special for Bee Scientifics! The cover features a photo called “waiting for rain to end” taken by the company’s proprietor, Jody Gerdts, in her apiary in Minnesota. The picture was one of two award winning photos from the Victorian Apiarist’s Association annual … Read moreCover Picture of Australian Bee Journal!