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Hello fellow beekeepers, my name is Sarah Cross, I am Dr Mark Goodwins Reserach Associate at Plant and Food Research Ltd. We are conducting a trial on the possibility of resistant varroa here in NZ. We are requesting a sample of 300 bees from a hive that has NOT been treated for varroa yet this season. If you are interested in helping us please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, postal address, and the general area of the hive you would like to take the bees from, and i will send you out a container and return courier bag. Thank you very much for your help.
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Hi everyone, I'm Tammy and I work with @JohnF and am based in Gisborne. I have been working in the lab testing bee samples for pathogens and learning about hive dynamics all of which has led me to my own research project.
I am hoping that you can help me with my research by collecting a sample of approx 100 bees between 21-25 November - in only two weeks time!
I will be completing my Masters project at Victoria University and will initially need 50-100 separate bee samples from different beekeepers all across New Zealand. The samples will be tested to identifiy the presence of Lotmaria passim and Crithidia mellificae with this data I can create a 'snapshot' of the distribution across NZ at a fixed point in time. If you can send me a sample I would really appreicaite it and please see the attached pdf for details on collection and where to send.
I am also looking for beekeepers who would be willing to...
We are developing PCR for AFB as a fast diagnostic tool for screening large numbers of hives As part of this research programme we have been looking for a commercial beekeeper with an AFB problem. We have not found anybody yet, so we thought we would also try a different approach to the project as well. We are interested in hearing from either commercial or hobby beekeepers who have an apiary containing at least 10 hives where they have just found one or more AFB hives but have yet to destroy them.
If you contact us we will send you samples bottles to collect about 30 bees from each hive including the AFB hives. We would also like you to number the hives so we can relate the PCR results to individual hives and let us know if any more develop AFB.
Unfortunately we will not be able to send the PCR results immediately but will send you bacterial culture result. If you are in the Waikato or South Auckland or nearby we might see if we can arrange to take the...
Hastings District Council is reviewing their Bylaws. In regards to urban beekeeping it is a requirement to pay a license free of $178 to the council, have your property inspected and get all neighbours to grant written permission. We believe the Council should follow other progressive councils such as Palmerston North and Auckland and be more permissive towards beekeeping in urban areas.
If you are passionate about bees, the environment or gardening please read the attached information and make a submission to Council. Thank you for your voice.
Ecology studies the way organisms interact between themselves and with their environment. Most often, in recent years, this is studied through a lens that focuses on competition as the driving force. It has been apparent for a long time though that cooperation is at least as important, and that would be especially true for social animals like honey bees.
In the 1930s an American ecologist, Warder Clyde Allee, published many studies where cooperation and group behaviours produced positive survival or fitness advantages for individual members, advantages that increased as the population or size of group grew. One example might be the 'schooling' and' flock' behaviours that fish and birds use to disrupt predation. He also identified a disadvantage created by populations that were too small, for which he coined the term 'undercrowding'. Allee's contemporary, a Scot, Frank Fraser Darling, was famous for some classic pieces of research on bird populations and the now familiar idea that...
I need some kanuka honey from different apiaries for my research. Can anyone help me finding kanuka honey samples?
NBA members are about to vote on changes to their constitution to facilitate (as I understand it) the unification process. What becomes of unification if NBA members vote down the proposed change to their constitution?
Admin edit for clarification:
This is a vote for the members of the NBA to decide what happens to their organisation. ie Do we turn the NBA into this new organisation or not?
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Saturday the 9th January is the first of our Field Days for 2016, starting at 11.00 am with the hive managers opening up their hives and doing inspections, a bring and share finger lunch at 12.00 and our talk to begin at 12.30 pm. This month topics will be Preparing for Harvest, AFB checks and what to do with drone layers. All your favorite beekeepers will be there to answer questions (or confuse you further!). Please come along and join in the fun.
Unitec Campus, Carrington Road, Mt Albert down on the lower fields behind the hot/glass houses opposite the Pumphouse Restaurant.
All welcome to look and learn.
See YOU there!!!
This notification just came through on a group email,
Should be interesting.
Hi just a wee note to thank those who helped me with my bee theft investigation. It will be running this Sunday in the Sunday Star-Times and on stuff.co.nz, where there will be two videos.
Includes a visit to Hawke's Bay prison and an interview with notorious bee thief Justin Howes. Please share with your networks.
PM expressions of interest.
Permanent Full time position based in Oxford, North Canterbury.
Pay based on experience and attitude.
Basic bee knowledge and experience required, ongoing training provided.
Drivers license essential.
Some non-beekeeping duties involved to make up low/off season hours.
tutin_bpsc submitted a new resource:
Understanding the risks associated wit Tutin Part 3 - Tutin communication paper 3 - preparing for the risk period
Our speaker at 11:30 will be David Woodward a well known and very experienced rearer of queens and teacher.
He will talk about queens from the point of view of hobby bee keepers, especially about what we need from a queen, how to assess a queen as a breeder, how to create queens, and other interesting aspects.
Then there will be open discussion.
Followed by a nibbles lunch which will be provided by the Club.
Then practical bee keeping on methods of inserting a queen into a hive, preceded by assessing the two Club hives.
And any other issues which members wish to discuss or practice.
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On behalf of the NBA Technical Committee I am seeking information of hive losses and bee kills from early September until now. The characteristics of these kills are;
- Losses of a few hives and dead bees outside hives in each apiary.
- Apiary sites close to or within foraging distance of kiwifruit orchards.
- Dead bees are found outside the hive. One characteristic is their tongues are hanging out.
- Samples of dead bees should be frozen and can be analysed for pesticide residues by Hills Labs, Hamilton using their multi screen pesticide testing process.
- Dead bee samples when analysed show residue of methiocarb, the active ingredient in Mesurol 200SC, which is highly toxic to bees.
We are aware...
Just a quick heads up for those who are hunting for early spring queens, nucs and hives. As things stand at the moment most breeders that I know are booked out for these a year in advance or even have clients who have a standing spring orders. So if you are looking for any of these next spring (2016) now might be the time to think about it. Many of the producers require deposits or even full payment for confirmation when it comes to nucs or hives.
I am currently getting 2 or 3 enquiries a day but am fully booked until the New Year, which is pretty much the same as most others that I speak to.
If you are looking for queens very early in the season you may want to consider 'overwintered queens', these are queens that the breeder has carried through the winter to be available for clients before the season starts. These queens are in high demand, low supply and will almost always be more expensive than spring mated queens (we carry them through, we carry any losses, treatment and...
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