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

[…]feral 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 […]
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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

Honeybees (Apis mellifera L.) have an extreme polyandrous mating system. Worker offspring of 19 naturally mated queens was genotyped with DNA microsatellites, to estimate male reproductive success 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

Formed in 2016 by a group of Cheshire-based BIBBA members, to help form local queen rearing groups 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 […]
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History

[…]Cooper recognised that the native bee, Apis mellifera mellifera (the Dark European Honeybee) was very much alive and kicking in spite of Brother Adam and others pronouncement of its demise as long ago as 1920. Beo, as he was known to his friends, was an entomologist employed by the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food. He travelled widely in his […]

Links

[…]Apis melliferae melliferae International Society for the Conservation of the Dark European Honeybee BBKA – British Beekeepers Association BBKA has a wide variety of benefits for members. It has a Spring Convention, an examination system and a monthly magazine “BBKA News”. BIBBA is a Specialist Member of BBKA. CABK – Central Association of Beekeepers For those with an interest in […]

Honey bee conservation

[…]of the entire local population. These congregation areas are considered panmictic structures of honeybee reproduction and ensure a sufficient level of recombination. The aim of this study was to analyse the effects of setting up a honeybee conservation centre regarding 1) the putative influence of the surrounding populations, 2) the drone congregation area variability over the years and its potential […]

Jutland Visit

[…]each morning to discuss progress and see to any problems before either going out to see to his honeybee colonies or he goes out hunting. He says, “I employ good people.” Knud also has a programme to get young people into his employment or introducing them to beekeeping. As we saw he needs a constant supply of honey. Knud and […]

Laesoe 2004

[…]University, focussing on DNA-based technology. He showed how these techniques had been applied to honeybees in the UK. He also gave a short report on conservation activities in the UK. Bo Vest Pedersen himself explored the DNA techniques in greater detail, showing how they have recently revolutionised all kinds of biological studies. Nuclear DNA in the chromosomes can tell us […]

John Dew’s Views – the Best Bee

[…]in the average conditions in this country. References: Ruttner F, Biogeography and Taxonomy of the Honeybee,1988, Springer-Verlag. Ruttner F, Milner E, and Dews J E, The Dark European Honeybee,1990, BIBBA. John E. Dews September 2008 Why the native bee is the best bee for the British […]

What is Apis mellifera mellifera?

[…]Linnaeus 1758 is a subspecies and northern geographical race of Apis mellifera, the western honeybee. It may be subdivided into many local ecotypes. Its various vernacular names include: “Dark European Honeybee” (English), “L’abeille noire” (French), “Die dunkle Biene” (German) and “Det mörka Nordiska Biet” (Swedish). Apis mellifera mellifera is distinguished from other subspecies of the honey bee by a) Morphological […]

John Harding Queen Rearing

[…]beekeeping and queen rearing that suits them, often without much thought for what’s best for the honeybee, or the possibility of causing unnecessary stress to the colony. The main purpose of any system I produce is its versatility and to have an additional use so you always double its value in purpose, and it’s not lying around for the best […]

Colonsay a honey bee haven

[…]with the Scottish Beekeepers Association and Bee Farmers Association to deliver the ten-year Honeybee Health Strategy, which aims to achieve a sustainable and healthy population of honeybees for pollination and honey production in Scotland.” published in The […]

Honey bee origins, evolution & diversity – Ashleigh Milner

[…]naturlicher umd kunstlicher Zuchtauslese”, Prof. Dr. G. Goetze; “Biogeography and Taxonomy of Honeybees”, Friedrich Ruttner; “Bees of the World”, Christopher O’Toole and Anthony Raw; “The Dark European Honeybee”, Friedrich Ruttner, Eric Milner and John Dews. I shall not attempt to refute accusations of plagiarism and lack of originality, but in case my understanding of these works has been at fault, […]
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A Native Dark Bee Project

[…]with their own offspring a test of their progeny purity was done. As different subspecies of honeybee have slightly different wing venation and their hybrids show a scatter distribution this test can give an objective assessment of breeding success (Ruttner, 2004). For a test about 30 young bees are collected from the brood box and are frozen to kill them, […]

Galtee Bee Breeding Group

[…]1991 with the object of conservation, study and improvement of the native strains of dark European Honeybee Apis mellifera mellifera in the Galtee/Vee valley and surrounding areas of South Tipperary. In the first year we had only four members and increased our membership only very gradually during the early years. After the BIBBA Conference in our area in 1996 we […]

Lecturers

Beekeeping Lecturers The following list of lecturers and demonstrators is intended to help event organisers plan their programme. All of them support the aims of BIBBA, but BIBBA are unable to verify their knowledge, ability or suitability to your requirements. Please make arrangements directly with the speaker. Roger Patterson Roger Lives in West Sussex and will travel any distance. Tel […]

Bacteria Help Honey Bee Larvae

Honey bees are under constant pressure from a whole host of stresses—diseases, poor nutrition,sublethal effects of pesticides, and many others. While researchers have been aware for a number of years of a community of bacteria in adult bees that may aid with some of these stresses,Agricultural Research Service researchers have identified the first bacteria that offer a benefit to bee […]

Stratford-upon-Avon BIG – CV37

[…]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 would welcome their involvement in the project.  contact Terry […]

Biodiversity and Local Partnerships

[…]on Colonsay. Subsequent questions indicated that the existence of varroa-free areas and native honeybees in the UK was indeed news to some delegates and suggest that these should be better supported. Conspicuous by its absence from the wild pollinator and bumblebee debate was the importance of our forest trees, and it would have been nice to see hear from the […]

The Honeybees of the British Isles – Beowulf Cooper – download pdf

Members can download a copy of this book free of charge for their personal use, if logged in to the website.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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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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Appetitive floral odours prevent aggression in honeybees

[…]value. In addition to their potential applications, these findings provide new insights about how honeybees make the decision to engage into defence and how conflicting information affects this process. Nouvian, M. et al. Appetitive floral odours prevent aggression in honeybees. Nat. Commun. 6:10247 doi: 10.1038/ncomms10247 […]
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Cheshire Honeybee Improvement Partnership (CHIP)- CW9

Formed in 2016 by a group of Cheshire-based BIBBA members, to help form local queen rearing groups 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 […]
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The health and status of the feral honeybee population of the UK

[…]feral 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 […]
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Male Fitness of Honeybee Colonies

Honeybees (Apis mellifera L.) have an extreme polyandrous mating system. Worker offspring of 19 naturally mated queens was genotyped with DNA microsatellites, to estimate male reproductive success of 16 drone producing colonies. This allowed for estimating the male mating success on both the colony level and the level of individual […]