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The health and status of the feral honeybee population of the UK

[…]populations. To date no studies have considered the wider pathogen burden in feral colonies, whether they represent a genetically distinct population, a remnant native population or a unique source of genetic resistance. Chapter 2 investigates disease prevalence in managed and feral honeybee colonies. Deformed wing virus was shown to be 2.4 fold higher in feral than managed honeybees. Managed honeybee […]
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Breeding Techniques and Selection for Breeding of the Honeybee – Ruttner – download pdf

Members can download a copy of this book for their personal use. This electronic download is ONLY available to current BIBBA members. It is strictly copyright protected against any distribution, loaning, display, broadcasting, selling or copying. By downloading this file, you agree to these terms and […]
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Male Fitness of Honeybee Colonies

[…]of 16 drone producing colonies. This allowed for estimating the male mating success on both the colony level and the level of individual […]

Cheshire Honeybee Improvement Partnership (CHIP)- CW9

[…]to aid the improvement of local bees and support the objectives of BIBBA; to improve and propagate the native and near native honey bees. The CHIP members have formed a collective queen rearing group and are each helping other local individuals and groups to enter into selective and practical queen rearing groups in their locality   For more information please […]
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[…]using mitochondrial DNA analysis has confirmed widespread existence of A. m. mellifera in the these Islands.The trend was set by Beo to publish booklets aimed at informing ordinary beekeepers on management of colonies. This continued after Beo’s death. One of the first books published after his death was the ‘Honeybees of the British Isles’. This book was the result of […]


[…]touch with the latest research and ideas about bees and related topics. Acting as a bridge between the beekeeper and the scientist. SBA – Scottish Beekeepers’ Association The member organisation that represents Scottish Beekeepers at National and International Level. WBKA – Welsh Beekeepers Associations Cymdeithas Gwenynwyr Cymru The member organisation that represents Welsh Beekeepers at National and International Level. FIBKA […]

Honey bee conservation

[…]the mtDNA marker to sort the colonies and to follow the evolution of the haplotype frequencies either in the conservation centre or in the DCA. This approach is particularly important to estimate the efficiency of the conservation process in the long term, so that quick measures can be taken when facing a risk of […]

Jutland Visit

[…]telling us. On Friday, we visited Knud Hvam’s home farm, which previously belonged to his grandfather. The premises are large with space to store equipment and process honey for 2000 colonies, all on standard Dadant equipment. His hives and indeed all the equipment we saw in Denmark are made of polystyrene are neatly stacked and contain frames with new foundation. […]

Laesoe 2004

[…]A. m. mellifera as an endangered subspecies and supports certain programmes related to it. The other bees kept in Switzerland are Carniolans, Italians and Buckfasts. Other presentations were given from Latvia, Poland, Austria and Sweden, updating information presented in 2000 and 2002. It was heartening to see the continuing widely-based support for the Dark European Bee, and especially the cooperation […]

John Dew’s Views – the Best Bee

[…]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 […]

What is Apis mellifera mellifera?

[…]and “Det mörka Nordiska Biet” (Swedish). Apis mellifera mellifera is distinguished from other subspecies of the honey bee by a) Morphological characters, including colour, size, wing venation, abdominal hair length; b) Genetic characters identifiable by DNA analysis; c) Behavioural characters, including colony size and development, longevity, pollen collection.     The indigenous range of Apis mellifera mellifera stretches from the […]

John Harding Queen Rearing

[…]towers. You require two queens whether you split a colony or use two nuclei. If you split a colony then the brood must be distributed equally between the two towers. If the queen is placed in one side a new queen will need to be introduced to the other side. It is always better if you can use two queens […]

Colonsay a honey bee haven

[…]designated as a reserve for the native bee of Italy, Apis mellifera ligustica, which was imported there in the 1880s. It is now believed to hold the last remaining pure stock of the species anywhere in the world. McArthur said: “The honey bees on Colonsay and Oronsay have the same significance for future Apis mellifera mellifera genetic purity as Kangaroo […]

Honey bee origins, evolution & diversity – Ashleigh Milner

[…]Old World, namely Asia, Africa and Europe. This suggests that the genus appeared much later than the other types. The genus comprises four species: Apis florea, the Little Honey bee; Apis dorsata, the Giant Honey bee; Apis cerana, the Eastern Honey bee; andApis mellifera, the Western Honey bee. (Some authors include Apis laboriosa and Apis andreniformis as separate species, but […]
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A Native Dark Bee Project

[…]will still produce pure sons. Because drones are haploid and only contain the DNA of their mother they can be mated to subsequent batches of virgin A.m.m. queens grafted from the source apiary to produce a pure line. Year 2. In 2011 another trip was made to source more brood and graft queens for 2011. A batch of virgins was […]

Galtee Bee Breeding Group

[…]with us so far by maintaining a ban on the importation of bees and queens. Unfortunately the Northern Ireland Ministry of Agriculture has seen fit in recent years to allow the importation of queen bees under licence. These queens are imported from different part of the world and are of a variety of races. If this trend continues it can […]


[…]in the Welsh Marches, breeding her own queens selectively. Some apiaries are close to ling heather, others to OSR, thus minimising the stress to man and bees of moving hives while giving a selection of honeys. With her partner Paul, Camlad Apiaries is run as a small, sustainable business supplying health food shops, delicatessens, village shops, and the most northerly castle in […]

Bacteria Help Honey Bee Larvae

[…]to young bee larvae. This jelly is the only food bee larvae eat during their first couple days. Then they are fed increasingly more honey, which has also been found to contain P. apium in most bee hives. In laboratory experiments designed by Corby-Harris, bee larvae were fed either P. apium-spiked jelly or sterile control jelly. The group fed P. […]

Stratford-upon-Avon BIG – CV37

[…]upon Avon & District Beekeepers Association Bee Improvement Group (BIG) was formed in 2006. The aim of the group is to continue our efforts to improve the Amm characteristics of the local honeybee population in the District, for the benefit of the Association members. We also wish to extend our influence to other likeminded beekeepers in the Midland’s area, and […]

Biodiversity and Local Partnerships

[…]to defeat in the struggle against bee diseases with the dismaying statement “We are awaiting the arrival of the Small Hive Beetle.” Matt Sharlow from Buglife told a similarly sad tale, reporting a 60% decline in pollinators and called for the government monitoring scheme to be fully funded and for urgent changes to the National Pollinator strategy, particularly re firming […]

What is the ‘British Black’ bee?

[…]through Europe, the Near East and Africa. In the British Isles and Northern Europe, from France to the Urals, the native sub-species is commonly known as the Dark European honey bee or Apis mellifera mellifera (The first two latin names denote the genus and the species, and the third name denotes the sub-species). Common names for the Dark European Bee […]