In Search of the Super Bee?

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?

Bee Self Defence- Hygienic Behaviour

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

Onion Pollination Underway

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

Cover Picture of Australian Bee Journal!

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!