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Honey bee conservation

[…]due to occasional diseases. Dedicated conservation programs will eventually provide various honeybee strains and traits that are suitable for sustainable beekeeping. In a newly published study, researchers analysed the relationships between individuals of the honey bee subspecies Apis mellifera mellifera in a conservation centre, a drone congregation area, and the surrounding populations. Honeybees have a very complex mating system in […]

Bee Improvement for All” (BIFA) Days

[…]they should take the credit for it. This shows that everyone worked together for the benefit of bees and beekeeping. The real benefits were gained by the beekeepers who have been given a lot of simple information that will allow them to improve their bees. If you would like to have one of these courses in your area please contact […]

Bee Improvement and Bee Breeding Groups

[…]genetic material beyond their own confines to wider circles of beekeepers, thereby improving bees overall. Forming a bee improvement and breeding groupThere are several things you need to consider including:- Do you need a constitution, so members know what is expected? If you store personal data, are you GDPR compliant? What assessment criteria do you want in your bees? How […]

John Dew’s Views – the Best Bee

[…]which form the outer layer tuck their heads inwards and the abdominal overhairs interlock from bee to bee, insulating the cluster like the fur of a mammal. In late summer, perhaps because of the diminution of brood rearing, the amount of biopterin in the larval food is greatly increased and ‘winter bees’ are formed, in which protein and fat accumulate […]

Colonsay a honey bee haven

[…]on bee health in Scotland and would be significant in ensuring a bright future for black bees on the island. “The Bee Keeping Order illustrates how our non-native species legislation can be used to protect our native wildlife,” he said. “The order is a targeted measure to protect an important population of black bees on Colonsay from hybridisation with non-native […]

Honey bee origins, evolution & diversity – Ashleigh Milner

[…]evolve, but even in this race differences can be observed between strains. In France, where the bee has been domiciled longest, there are distinct differences in brood rearing pattern between the mellifera bees of the Landes district in the Southwest, the bees of the Paris area and those of Corsica. The Landes bees are typical “heather bees”, conditioned to a […]
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A Native Dark Bee Project

[…]measured (Dews and Milner, 2004). This was done using a USB microscope and the computer programme Beemorph (Talbot, 2002) which can be downloaded via the BIBBA website www.bibba.org.uk. Years 4-5 2013 – 2014 Four mother queens were used to establish breeding lines, with seasonal rotation of drone production between these lines. Morphometry plots of two colonies sampled in 2013 (Fig […]

East Midlands Bee Improvement Group-NG11

[…]commit to regular attendance, or are practising beekeepers seeking to develop their competences in bee breeding and bee improvement. For this later group there are opportunities to assist with the bee husbandry and participate in small group informal training sessions on topics such as practical queen rearing, hive manipulation techniques, record keeping and assessment for breeder potential.   If you […]

Galtee Bee Breeding Group

[…]group the eminent scientist Dr. Jacob Kahn who is currently engaged in ongoing studies into the morphometric characters of our native Irish bees. GBBG has devised a programme of evaluation, recording, culling and selection that has proved very effective over the years. Each year selected breeder queens are brought back to the breeding apiary. These are used for the production […]

Bacteria Help Honey 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. apium had a 20-percent better survival rate in the first trial and […]

Upper Dee Bee Improvement Group

[…]known beekeepers in the rest of the area are supportive of our aims and are careful to keep local bees. This means that we are able to make good progress in bee improvement. We also like to encourage other groups in the county and beyond and have helped some of them achieve dominance in their own locality. We also help […]

Stiperstones & Long Mynd Area Bee Breeders – SY15

[…]Welsh Marches. Core activities centre around selective breeding from the best near-native bees and local bees showing native characteristics and behaviours, hence improving thrift, robustness and temperament. Happy to work collaboratively with individuals or other small groups in the area who share our aims. We use grafting and mini-nucs as standard but have experience of other methods. Talks given and […]
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Dark Bee Conservation Group – WF5

West Yorkshire group aiming to promote and improve the local bee whilst preserving the natural honey bee diversity, reduce colony losses and reduce the dependence on therapeutic and chemical treatments. contact Stuart […]

Cornwall Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Group – TR1

Cornwall Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Group was founded in 2002 to assist Cornwall beekeepers in their quest for bees that reduced varroa enough to control them to non-lethal levels. So far, we have found several behaviours, most in the research literature, which lead to the removal or death of mites. Our inspiration was Alois Wallner who had attained a […]
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Margaret Murdin “Bee Genetics Explained” – “Understanding the Queen”

Margaret has been keeping bees for about 12 years and is a practical beekeeper who learnt her skills as a member of the Ormskirk and Croston Branch of the Lancashire Association. She is a member of BIBBA and keeps bees that are well adapted to the local area. She currently has 20 colonies across 3 apiaries and is interested in […]
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What is the ‘British Black’ bee?

[…]names for the Dark European Bee include ‘Old English’, ’British Black Bee’, ‘Irish Black Bee’ and ‘Brown Bee’. see […]
Read more » Queens: Collaboration and how to make it easy on yourself and your bees – by Karl Colyer

Queens: Collaboration and how to make it easy on yourself and your bees – by Karl Colyer

[…]usual this year and we figured that his ‘rejects’ may well be better than my current choice of bees. I had bees up on Saddleworth Moor (900ft), just into Derbyshire (1,130ft) but most were down on the Cheshire plains with a similar altitude and climate to West Sussex. I certainly wouldn’t want to impose the cooler, windier and wetter options […]
Read more » Queens: Collaboration and how to make it easy on yourself and your bees – by Karl Colyer

I Want Bees

[…]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 natural range of A.m.m. coincides with the 15-20° zone. (Copyright […]

Group Presentation & Discussion “Bee improvement and bee breeding groups – some experiences and ideas”

[…]session has been included in the programme because BIBBA intends to expand the network of bee breeding and bee improvement groups, as a way of helping beekeepers with a small number of colonies to improve their bees in a meaningful way. BIBBA has a list of groups, with a Groups’ Secretary who can offer help, advice and encouragement where needed. […]
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The health and status of the feral honeybee population of the UK

[…]honeybee colonies. Deformed wing virus was shown to be 2.4 fold higher in feral than managed honeybees. Managed honeybee colonies not treated for Varroa showed similar levels of deformed wing virus to that of feral colonies. In the absence of managing the Varroa mite, feral populations are subject to potentially lethal levels of DWV. Such a finding provides evidence to […]
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Steve Rose “My Approach to Bee Selection”

[…]selection techniques include various aspects of colony performance and traits supplemented by morphology assessments. The part played by beekeepers in past and ongoing studies by the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography of Bangor University are also explained. These studies are conducted by M.Sc and Ph.D students and cover topics such as genetic purity of the bees of the […]

Philip Denwood “Towards a History of the Dark Bee in Britain”

[…]“Towards a History of the Dark Bee in Britain” There are two common misconceptions about honey bees and the dark bee Apis mellifera mellifera in particular in the British isles: 1) English Government circles (as distinct from Scottish) follow the belief that the honey bee was introduced to the British Isles by monks in Anglo-Saxon times. It is therefore not […]
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A Native Dark Bee Project

[…]measured (Dews and Milner, 2004). This was done using a USB microscope and the computer programme Beemorph (Talbot, 2002) which can be downloaded via the BIBBA website www.bibba.org.uk. Years 4-5 2013 – 2014 Four mother queens were used to establish breeding lines, with seasonal rotation of drone production between these lines. Morphometry plots of two colonies sampled in 2013 (Fig […]

Galtee Bee Breeding Group

[…]group the eminent scientist Dr. Jacob Kahn who is currently engaged in ongoing studies into the morphometric characters of our native Irish bees. GBBG has devised a programme of evaluation, recording, culling and selection that has proved very effective over the years. Each year selected breeder queens are brought back to the breeding apiary. These are used for the production […]

John Dew’s Views – the Best Bee

[…]which form the outer layer tuck their heads inwards and the abdominal overhairs interlock from bee to bee, insulating the cluster like the fur of a mammal. In late summer, perhaps because of the diminution of brood rearing, the amount of biopterin in the larval food is greatly increased and ‘winter bees’ are formed, in which protein and fat accumulate […]