honey bee health management, chalk brood mummies

30 July 2020

Honey bee health management – that sounds like something very abstract and technical. Like something that interests beekeepers who want productive colonies. Something economic, but nothing that connects to bee diversity. Or bee health as I defined it some weeks ago. There seems to be a barrier between those managing bees – mostly Western honey…

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good beekeeping practices, Consulting during the authorisation property

15 July 2020

In my last post, I described how my approach to bee health changed over the years. From focussing on single bee diseases (mainly varroa…), my view got much broader. The One Health concept – which I discovered only last year – gave my ideas a frame and a name. Which I’m very happy about. It’s…

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bee diseases, Managed bees, bee health, one health, bumblebees, honey bees

2 July 2020

Healthy bees – how do you define them? My approach has changed over the years. First, I was interested in single bee diseases, or more precisely, the impact of parasites on bees. With experience, it turned into a more complex approach, acknowledging connections. Over the years, I began to include also aspects that aren’t related…

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bee nutrition

15 June 2020

In this period of the year, I think about bee nutrition quite often. It’s the time of wild meadows, of flowering gardens and parks. The time of the discussions on which seed mixture to use and which flowers to plant to “save the bees”. There are initiatives focussing flowering road verges, others on connecting habitats…

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pollinator declines, habitat, bees

6 March 2020

Pollinator decline, especially bees, is still getting quite a bit of attention these days. However, an essential point still doesn’t get enough attention: Not all pollinators are the same. Not all regions are the same. Not every measure will have the same effect everywhere. This seems trivial if you’re dealing with this topic for some…

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engineered bacteria, varroa treatments, bee health

14 February 2020

The finding that engineered bacteria could help against varroa and the Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) made a big buzz. These bacteria, Snodgrassella alvi, live naturally in the bee gut. Leonard et al. modified them to produce double-stranded RNA (dsRNA), which should interfere with crucial viral and varroa genes. Sounds crazy. But let’s go step by…

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