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.
Originally Printed in the Australian Bee Journal February 2015 With the absence of Varroa, access to quality nutrition and no harsh winters, Australian honey bees are faring quite well compared to their counterparts around the world. We haven’t seen major colony losses and haven’t had to conduct wide-scale investigations into “what’s killing our bees” because, … Read moreIn Search of the Super Bee?
Printed in the Australian Bee Journal December 2014 For those of you just joining in, this column is about on honey bee self defence traits and what beekeepers can do to help optimise honey bee health. The first three articles have focused on the benefits of hygienic behaviour and how beekeepers can incorporate this important … Read moreThe How and Why of Chalkbrood
We are excited to announce our next learning opportunity for people interested in becoming beekeepers! This long course will be delivered over 6 sessions- 5 in the classroom and one in a bee hive. Visit the registration page for more details
Bee Self Defence- Hygienic Behaviour Part 1 Originally printed in the October 2014 issue of the Australian Bee Journal Humans and Bees Humans have had a relationship with honey bees (Apis mellifera) for a long time. From the earliest honey hunters to beekeepers managing apiaries, we have used their honey and propolis as food and … Read moreBee Self Defence- Hygienic Behaviour
What’s red and white and has buzz all over it? Onion pollination in Riverina, Victoria of course! Onions grown for seed are quite a sight-long rows of green stems with tufted white inflorescences (a group of flowers) on top. In order for these inflorescences to shoot up in early summer making flowers and seeds, the onion … Read moreOnion Pollination Underway
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!
Here is a nice article by the Age- a prominent Australian paper that I was interviewed for and some of my photos were published! For now, Australia remains Varroa Free. Check it out! Bee careful out there – a parasitic marauder is nearly at our shores Date September 1, 2014 Peter Spinks Fairfax Science Columnist … Read moreAustralia Remains Varroa Free
We are excited to announce the first beekeeping course of the season! Four Tuesday evenings in October with one Saturday field day. This course covers both the science and the art behind beekeeping. Check out our Education Page for more details and to register!