NatBIP News No6

This month Jo gives us his musings on long-term bee improvement as well as answering the question, are queen larvae selected by the beekeeper as good as those selected by the bees? Ashbrow school report their successes in queen rearing- if 10year olds can do it, can’t you?

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East Midlands 1998

Use of plastic foundation in the Apidea mini-nucs
Use of Syrup instead of candy in Mini-nucs
Use of cut comb containers for candy
Grafting using a magnifier and torch
Preparation of cell raising colonies
Use of a cell transporter
Use of an incubator for hatching queen cells

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A Proposal for a National Honey Bee Improvement Programme

If, as an alternative to the importation of queens, we established a National Bee Improvement Programme which selected and propagated the best local bees, a good reason could then be made for not using imported bees. Beekeepers would benefit in two ways, that is, in a reduction in the biosecurity risks associated with imports, and through the opportunity of supporting and participating in a project that could deliver a better-quality bee. Taking part in a scheme to sustainably improve our bees would provide a definite reason to refrain from the use of imported bees.

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