Articles

Below will be found a variety of articles that have been written specifically for this website or appeared elsewhere and are being displayed with permission. They all have relevance to the work and objectives of BIBBA

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SMARTBEES project

The SMARTBEES project is focused on identification, breeding and propagation of locally adapted honey bees with high performance and resistance traits to Varroa destructor ...
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Colonsay to become honey bee haven

TWO remote Hebridean islands have become the UK’s first reserve for native honey bees after a landmark ruling by Scottish ministers. (more…) ...
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Honey bee conservation

In order to compensate the dramatic losses of honeybee colonies that we see globally for many years now, beekeepers try to restore their apiaries by importing colonies or queens in the hopes that those survive better than their previous bees. Such imports increase the level of introgression with local honeybee populations in which genetic variability is geographically highly structured. (more…) ...
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Local bees better than imports

locally adapted strains of honey bee consistently performed better than the “foreign” strains. Honey bee genotypes and the environment In recent years, much attention has been focused on the global problem of honey bee colony losses. Among the many explanations for these losses, variability in the genetic makeup and vitality of honey bee populations (more…) ...
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A Native Dark Bee Breeding Project

Margie Ramsay reports on a project reintroducing A.m.m. to a reserve in Scotland. In 1905, just before the First World War there was a 20 year long bee plague called Isle of Wight disease which was considered by many, including bee breeder Brother Adam, to have eradicated the native subspecies of dark European honeybee Apis mellifera mellifera from our Isles. (more…) ...
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Native Honey Bees

The Dark European Honey Bee - Apis mellifera mellifera (Amm) It is fairly certain that the Dark European Honey Bee, Apis mellifera mellifera, has been native to mainland Britain (more…) ...
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John Dew’s Views-the Best Bee

Why The Native Bee Is The Best Bee For The British Climate There is a tendency amongst some beekeepers to believe that the "grass is greener on the other side of the fence", that imported bees are superior to the indigenous bee. In the pre-war years of the 20th century many kinds of imported bees were tried, but the Italian bee found most favour. There was a welcome respite from imported bees during the war years, but (more…) ...
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An introduction to understanding honeybees, their origins, evolution and diversity

by Ashleigh Milner What are honey bees, anyway? Bees of all kinds belong to the order of insects known as Hymenoptera, literally "membrane wings". This order, comprising some 100,000 species, also includes wasps, ants, ichneumons and sawflies. Of the 25,000 or more described species of bees (more are recognised every year) the majority are solitary bees most of which lay their eggs in tunnels, which they excavate themselves. In some species small numbers of females (more…) ...
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