From a Bee Smart point of view, this is very interesting. Younger people getting interested and involved in bees and beekeeping. Advancing information and knowledge about the inner workings of the hive. Creating opportunities and furthering the positive use of technology to study and manage bee hives.
What’s not to love about this?
BLOOMINGTON — An agriculture technology startup called The Bee Corp. has been launched to monitor conditions inside commercial beehives.
I find it interesting to see scientists comment on other science reports. It’s part of the whole process. It also provides insight into studies and topics from people who may have extensive experience in a particular related area from a different point of view.
Conflicting or in agreement, science and technology ultimately benefit from peer review. Like the author, I can see specific use cases. In general though, nothing can beat our bees.
Researchers in Japan have been using miniature drones covered with sticky hairs to act like robotic bees to counter the decline of natural pollinators.
While I won’t say if this is a “thing” yet, I will admit that I won’t bee surprised. Bees are such complex creatures not only because of each one’s physiology, but the very nature of the super-organism we know as the colony.
This describes sub-lethal effects that don’t get looked for in regular testing most of the time. Until a few years ago, even the EPA wasn’t thinking about sub-lethal effects on pesticides being submitted for use in the U.S. and didn’t include testing for it.
It certainly gives us something else to add to the discussion when discussing bee nutrition and environments.
Farmers rely on fungicides to prevent those brown spots that can ruin an otherwise perfectly delicious apple. But, it turns out, those fungicides could be hurting honey bees.
This week the Bee Smart crew had Dean Stiglitz, Co-Author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Beekeeping” (Hey, I resemble that remark!) with Laurie Herboldsheimer, sit in on the podcast to chat about all things beekeeping books. We covered everything front print books to Audio books and beeing who we are, also get sidetracked. That’s what we do.
The Trump White House has issued an order to delay certain listings that they want to look over before enacting. Caught up in that is the listing of the Rusty Patch Bumblebee to the protected species list.
Fish and Wildlife has consequently delayed the official listing for 60 days until March 21st to comply with the White House order.
President Trump’s regulatory moratorium captures protections for bumble bees in Friday’s edition of the Federal Register.
We know that stinging is a defensive behavior for honey bees. Some species and breeds of honey bees go about that defensive reaction across a spectrum of aggressiveness. While some are relatively docile or low key to get “fired up”, others are on a seeming hair trigger to explosive response.
What are the determining factors to how aggressively a given type of honey bee or breed of bee will respond? Are they genetic, chemical, or behavioral? Some some combination of some of all of the above.
Someone is looking into the subject and may bee trying to breed a different type of bee based on that.
(Inside Science) — James Nieh, a professor at the University of California, San Diego, has been studying bees for decades. He’s often a go-to expert on bees.“I often get people who ask me, ‘what about those killer bees, those Africanized bees?’ And it turns out that these guys are beneficial in the environment for a variety of reasons, beneficial in the sense that they do better than the European honeybee,” said Nieh.
Honey bee nutrition is always a topic of great concern for keepers of bees. Seasonal changes in mineral needs for the colony are important, especially as we work to prepare hives for annual weather events such as Winter or other environmental shifts such as dealing with dearth due to intense heat. Of course, for migratory apiarists and those with stationary bee yards in more “challenging” locations that are sometimes referred to as “food deserts”, maintaining healthy bee colony nutrition becomes even more of a concern.
Hmm, but as this article goes on to show, the more information we find about bees, the more questions we have.
MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE (February 9, 2017) – Despite having few taste genes, honey bees are fine-tuned to know what minerals the colony may lack and proactively seek out nutrients in conjunction with the season when their floral diet varies. This key finding from a new study led by Tufts University scientists sheds light on limited research on the micronutrient requirements of honey bees, and provides potentially useful insight in support of increased health of the bee population, which has declined rapidly in recent years for a variety of complex reasons.