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Genetic Identification and Introgression Analysis

[…]occurred at varying levels across western European populations. This system describes an essential tool in Europe for genetic stock identification and estimation of admixture levels which can assist management strategies and monitor honey bee conservation […]
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Methods for Rearing and Selection of Queens

[…]field of molecular selection tools. Because the subject of queen rearing and selection is too large to be covered within this paper, plenty of references are given to facilitate comprehensive studies view full article […]

Upper Dee Bee Improvement Group

[…]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 with the local association’s policy of encouraging […]

Stiperstones & Long Mynd Area Bee Breeders – SY15

[…]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 practical queen […]
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Ardnamurchan Jan 2016

[…]in locally-bred, native and/or well-acclimatised bees. More and more beekeepers are learning to rear their own queens or source them locally rather than import stock with the attendant risks of disease and the possible spread of the small hive beetle. In the link video you’ll see me marking a young queen, before sending her to a waiting beekeeper: https://vimeo.com/145290438. The […]

Controlled Mating and Hygienic Behaviour

[…]encouragingly high and indicate that supplying beekeepers with naturally-mated queens, or virgin queens to mate locally, can result in colonies with high levels of hygiene. Full text pdf Keywords Apis mellifera, hygienic behaviour, instrumental insemination, natural mating, […]

Clive de Bruyn “BIBBA in the Isle of Man 40+ years ago”

[…]experiences with the DC area above the Port St. Mary Golf course. The drone comets that formed to chase our queen sent aloft, tethered to a couple of helium balloons, remains one of the highpoints of my beekeeping career. Our efforts culminated in watching a queen being pursued and mated at head height. …much to the indifference of my five […]
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Giftaid

[…]the donor must be a UK tax-payer (income tax, tax on interest or capital gains tax) for us to be able to claim and must complete a Gift Aid declaration. The information you supply on this form will be processed via an online spreadsheet at GoogleDocs. A paper declaration is available on request from the […]

Adrian Waring

[…]the rest of the poem! He demonstrated skill at managing bees and queen rearing which he was able to convey to others.   Adrian was also a stick dresser – a maker of walking sticks.   He made one for me with a skep carved on the handle, which will remind me of the time we spent together.   He was a man of many […]

Jim Vivian-Griffiths “Mating Biology of Honey Bees”

[…]timing and meeting at drone congregation areas. How do honey bees minimize the chance of virgin queens mating with their brothers, and how does the mating process work? My interest into this subject is strongly influenced by the papers and books of Gudrun & Nikolaus […]
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Mike Saunders “A current attempt to recover Apis mellifera mellifera from mongrelised stocks in the Welsh Borders”

[…]practicable for committed amateur beekeepers to use. It is hoped that the work will also be able to show that a new and more affordable DNA testing technique will help speed up the necessary task of recovering the native bee, and hence increase the rate at which mongrelised bees can be improved. The programme is ongoing and during the presentation […]
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Cheshire Honeybee Improvement Partnership (CHIP)- CW9

[…]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 contact    […]
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BIBBA Monthly – December 2020

[…]more than my usual amount of time at home during 2020. It has given me a chance to think about how to improve my bees and beekeeping and to decide what equipment I prefer to use and which can be let go. The NatBIP message is still spreading amongst beekeepers and the BIBBA and other webinars offer some golden tips […]

Conserving black bees

[…]a problem, apart from disfiguring cut comb sections. I have noticed large numbers of lice transfer to queens in late autumn. Nurse bees are no longer feeding brood and perhaps the queen becomes the main source of mouth-to-mouth feed transfer, from which the louse can steal a meal. Mother and daughter together on comb Conclusion. As I write this in […]

BBOBI Group – April 2020 Newsletter

[…]an eye on the What’sApp group, it is the best way to make cries for help. If you’re not included, email me your phone number to be added to the thirty or so members on the group today. If you do not wish to read these emails in future, please let me know and I’ll remove your email from the list. Please […]

Bee Improvement Strategies – Kevin Thorn -part one

[…]reliability, offspring more closely resembling their parents, but usually little thought is given to how this strain can be maintained. Inevitably, it may be almost impossible to keep them pure and you will need to buy in new stock regularly just to keep them going. An alternative to buying in queens is to start with a frame of eggs from […]
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