The internet is a very big place! Or… sorting through it all – Part II

So… Here we are again.  The internet certainly hasn’t gotten any smaller since last we wrote.

I wanted to tell you about some more sources of information that are available on the internet – these ones a bit more “formal”…

Many of the universities in these United States have got tremendous research departments.  Some of them are hot on the subject of bee research and have great stuff published on-line available for our perusal.  Here is a very short list to get you started:

The Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium (MAAREC) has been at the forefront of Colony Collapse Disorder research with the CCD Working Group – lots of CCD research results can be found here:  https://agdev.anr.udel.edu/maarec/tag/ccd-working-team/.  This group also studied 887 wax, pollen, bee and associated hive samples – finding 121 different pesticides and metabolite in those samples including coumaphos and fluvalinate.  We at Gold Star Honeybees had our wax testing by this same group and are proud and happy to say that our sample came up clean!  More details on that data can be found here:  http://www.goldstarhoneybees.com/shopcontent.asp?type=wax

The University of Georgia has a lot going on in the way of bee research – including an important study by Jennifer Berry and Keith Delaplane – concerning the sublethal effects of four chemicals that have been used in-hive to treat honey bee colonies in the USA.  Findings  from the testing for sublethal effects of some commonly used hive chemicals can be found here: http://www.extension.org/page/ABRC2010_A_Test_for_Subacute_Effects_of_Some_Commonly_Used_Bee_Hive_Chemicals

A good article from the Managed Pollinator CAP (Coordinated Agricultural Project) can be found here:  http://www.beeccdcap.uga.edu/documents/CAPArticle2.html.  This article is titled “When Varroacides Interact” and gives a good description of the effects of combined varroa mite control methods and the effects of such “drug interactions”.

Then there’s Dr. Seeley at Cornell.  An expert on swarms – his research seems like it would be a tremendous amount of fun to be a part of.  Info on his swarm work can be found here:  http://www.nbb.cornell.edu/seeley.shtml

So with all of this information, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever get to the last page of the internet.  The one thing we strongly encourage all beekeepers to do is to take in lots and lots of information, and put it all into your “colander”.  Sift through it thoughtfully, and then… let the stuff that you can’t use… drain right on out the bottom.  Beekeepers are influenced to keep their bees based on many different factors – most importantly by what the focus of their beekeeping is – honey, pollination, healthy bees… you name it.  So bear that in mind as you peruse the internet – which is a wonderful source of information, and….

it is a VERY big place!!!

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One Response to “The internet is a very big place! Or… sorting through it all – Part II”

  1. Hazel W. Says:

    Christie, it’s always good to receive your comments, information, and reports. Thanks for all of that. I’m wondering how much affect the research findings you mention are having on Beekeepers who have been using the rectangular/pre-treated hives? One would think there would be a mass transformation, but are there any signs of that?

    Keep up the good work and thanks much for your “blogs”.

    Hazel W. (formerly from The Highlands; now “from away.”)

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