Bee nutrition and health

9 April 2022

Sometimes you have to think big. A recent paper by Parreño and co-authors discusses the links between biodiversity and bee nutrition and health. Having enough and good quality food is obviously important not only for humans, but also for bees. I’ve already talked about this from the perspective of managed honey bees. This paper though,…

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bee health knowledge, varroa treatments, good practices, glory in prevention, honey bee health, oxalic acid treatments, Bee Surgery Hours

25 March 2022

When it comes to treat bee diseases there’s a huge gap. There are – good and efficient – varroa treatments. But other than that? Not much. Here we rely on good practices. There are also other bee health issues than varroa, obviously. The list of pathogens and parasites is quite long, though not each one…

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sustainable agriculture for bees

19 February 2022

Sustainable agriculture for bees – that’s a claim I hear quite often. Most often it’s followed by “ ban pesticides!”. It may not be a big surprise that I have my problems with that. The reason isn’t that I want pesticides without any restrictions on the fields and orchards. Funnily enough people often think that….

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Superorganism, welfare, honey bee colony

21 January 2022

A honey bee colony is a superorganism. Something I say very often is: “A colony is more than the sum of the number of adult bees and brood cells!”. That seems difficult to understand sometimes. Considering that honey bee health is getting more attention, however, this is an important concept to figure out. Even more…

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bee health knowledge, varroa treatments, good practices, glory in prevention, honey bee health, oxalic acid treatments, Bee Surgery Hours

7 January 2022

In the past two years I often heard “There’s no glory in prevention.”. This is one of the reasons why New Year’s resolutions often fail. It’s the gap between the instant gratification of staying on the couch eating chips in contrast of the long-term benefit of exercising and eating healthy. So, very timely for this…

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pollination and human health, social bees, climate change

23 July 2021

Pollination and human health are closely linked. I like to say that we get full without pollinators, but healthy only with them. Of course, human health – like bee health – depends on many factors. But as you all know: Healthy nutrition is an important part of it. This insight also arrived in human medicine…

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