Bee Health Update 2.4 July August 2010

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New Content: Collecting and Identifying Bees

Collecting and identifying bees can be a fun and educational activity for all ages. It can also be an effective way to monitor ecological change and effects on bee diversity. Honey bees found in the United States (Apis mellifera) only represent one species out of over 3,500 US bee species. Check out these new pages and resources to that explain aspects of developing a collection of bees.

This new section includes a comprehensive, down-loadable manual on collecting bees provided by Sam Droege at USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center,and many others involved in monitoring bee populations.

CAP Updates

Here is the latest from the Managed Pollinator CAP team:

Frame cages used in a bee breeding program for assaying grooming behavior at Purdue University.

  1. Breeding Bees for Resistance to Parasites and Diseases, Greg Hunt, Purdue University: July 2010
    1. Excerpts: It is possible to make crosses between honey bees that represent high and low lines for a specific trait and to then use DNA markers to follow the inheritance of gene regions that influence the trait....Marker-assisted selection might speed up the process of breeding for resistance and allow us to incorporate several different resistance traits in the same breeding lines.
  2. Honey Bee Nutrition, Zachary Huang, Michigan State University: August 2010
    1. Excerpt: Honey bees, like any other animal, require essential ingredients for survival and reproduction. What we know about honey bee nutrition now was learned mostly during the 50s-70s, and recent studies specifically on honey bee nutrition are very few. Honey bees require carbohydrates (sugars in nectar or honey), amino acids (protein from pollen), lipids (fatty acids, sterols), vitamins, minerals (salts), and water. Additionally, these nutrients must be present in the right ratio for honey bees to survive and thrive.

Research Updates

  1. Proceedings of the American Bee Research Conference 2010
    1. The above proceedings are from the 2010 American Bee Research Conference was held January 14-15 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida. This was a special joint conference between the American Association of Professional Apiculturists and the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists. The twenty fourth American Bee Research Conference will be held in conjunction with a joint meeting of the American Beekeeping Federation and the American Honey Producers Association in Galveston, TX on January 4-8, 2011. For more excellent presentations and workshops, make plans to attend the 2011 ABF, AHPA, and ABRC meetings American Beekeeping Federation website
Relationship between the % of mites removed and the % chewed. From Andinof & Hunt - A new assay to measure mite grooming behavior presented at the 2010 American Bee Research Conference

Marla Spivak, 2010 MacArthur Fellow

CoP and CAP leader Marla Spivak has won a 2010 MacArthur Fellow award.

"The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world."

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Thank you for your time and attention,
Michael Wilson
University of Tennessee