In theory, making sugar syrup is not hard, mix water with sugar and you’re done. The challenges really lie in the equipment needed to make the quantity you need in order to successfully feed bees. If you only are feeding a few hives, this task is easily done in a home kitchen. Feeding tens or … Read more Making Sugar Syrup
Measured Anecdotal Science Deciding to feed bees requires quite a bit of forethought. This is best to do BEFORE the bees are hungry. How are you going to feed; what are you going to feed; when are you going to feed? Luckily I had some, but not all, of this figured out. The other part … Read more Feeding Bees Part 1: Anecdotal Science
How to we keep bees healthy when there is no food for them?
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 more Resistance 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 more Capacity Building
We are well on our way learning about Varroa tolerance selection techniques. Our first stop was the big island of Hawaii where we had the privelage of visiting the HUB, a bee research project jointly run by PAm, the Arista Foundation, the USDA-ARS Baton Rouge Lab and David Thomas of Hawaii Island Honey Company. The HUB … Read more So Far, Soooooo Good!
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 more Learning 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 more Winter 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 more ISS 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 more Propolis Flow at Darebin Parklands