Bee Informed Partnership

Using beekeepers' real world experience to solve beekeepers' real world problems
  1. “Winter” Beekeeping in Florida
    It’s cold outside. All 50 states experienced freezing temperatures at the same time this past week for the first time since 1976. While these surprisingly low fall temperatures maybe old hat for the rest of the country, it’s a little on the cool side for those of us in Florida. At 20°F, Jacksonville, FL experienced...
  2. BIP goes to Seaside
    The Bee Informed Partnership was well represented at the Oregon State Beekeepers Association annual meeting held Nov. 6-8 in Seaside, Oregon. OSBA Vice President and BIP advisory committee member Dr. Dewey Caron directed events over the weekend and delivered a talk titled “How to Locally Rear Selected-Stock Queens”. The conference was attended by 250 people...
  3. Honey Bee Viral Analysis
    The APHIS National Honey Bee Survey (NHBS) is a comprehensive physical examination of apiaries throughout the United Stated.  The NHBS began in 2009 in order to address rising concerns over the health and sustainability of honey bee populations.  The NHBS was funded by USDA-APHIS and is a collaboration between the University of Maryland and the...
  4. BIP HiveCheck Results for Oct 28th – Nov 10th
    Winter prep is high on the priority list so if you haven’t started now’s the time! Over 50% of respondents feeding are using 2:1 sugar syrup, and a large proportion are implementing ventilation reduction, mouse guards and insulation. A small percentage of folks have started wrapping in tar paper, it’s unclear if that’s because it’s...
  5. October Bee Lab Varroa and Nosema Results
    The Maryland lab has been very busy this past month! We temporarily relocated our sample processing while our lab undergoes a remodel. This remodel will permit us to process a larger number of samples. For the month of October (10/2-10/29/14), numerous samples were processed in the Maryland Bee lab.  The lab examined 1448 varroa and...