At the start of a new season I like to make a shortlist of which queens are good enough to breed from, in other words, to become my breeder queens. I do this by looking at the current condition of the colony as well as looking at the record of past performance.
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There is growing concern amongst beekeepers of all abilities and experience about the ever-increasing importation of bees and queens. This is on several grounds, including the possibilities of introducing pests, diseases and pathogens, aggression in subsequent generations and the unsuitability to our fickle climate.
There is growing concern amongst beekeepers of all abilities and experience about the ever-increasing importation of bees and queens. This is on several grounds, including the possibilities of introducing pests, diseases and pathogens, aggression in subsequent generations and unsuitability to our fickle climate. Defra has recently conducted a Queen Replacement…
beekeepers who wish to conserve the Cornish Dark Honey Bee
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- From the President – Jo Widdicombe
- Albert Knight – J. Phipps, D. Allen and A. Stokes
- BIBBA Conference – Roger Patterson
- Shakespeare’s Bees – Gaynor Smith
- Just look what happens if . . . – Dorian Pritchard
- In Memory of Abess – Dawn Boswell-Challand
- Sustainable Beekeeping – David Ledger
- Two days at Cilgwri – David Spalding
- Stratford-upon-Avon BIG – Terry Hitchman
- West Suffolk BIG course – Kevin Thorn
- Book Reviews – Philip Denwood
- The Honey Badger’s Story – Mike Taylor
Please note Dylan Elen has replaced the previously publicised Per Kryger. Graham Royle has replaced Colin Pavey. The topics are different
The Trustees’ Reports and Accounts for the last few years
In North County Dublin, Ireland, a region that has a relatively self-contained beekeeping regime with little movement of colonies or queens into the area, tolerance (co-adaptation) to varroa mites is becoming established.
Conservation efforts for A. m. mellifera are underway in multiple European
countries requiring reliable and cost-efficient molecular tools to identify purebred colonies. Here, we developed four ancestry-informative SNP assays for high sample throughput genotyping using the iPLEX Mass Array system.