07 Nov 2018

Honey bees vs viruses – Who wins?!?

Honey Bee viruses are a big problem to honey bee health. But Honey bees are also tough against them. Seems a contradiction? I got a question from a fellow beekeeper and I decided to answer with a video. Varroa mite jump from Apis ceranae to Apis mellifera was a game changer for virus infection in honey bees. The video explains why. Let me know your thoughts leaving your comment/question in the description below. I hope you enjoy it. Cheers. _________________________________________________________________ […]

20 Oct 2018

Commercial Beekeepers Loader Rodeo

#beekeeping #CommercialBeekeeping #honeybees Last week I spoke at the Florida State Beekeepers Association (FSBA). Great meeting. The environment was great, the discussions very productive, the food fantastic! I had the opportunity to meet new beekeepers and interact with so many new people. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the president Jennifer Holmes and Sierra Malnove. I know how much work your guys put into this meeting. It was very successful. This video is about a fun game […]

14 Sep 2018

New Honey Bee MITE in Florida

#beekeeping #newhoneybeemite #savethebees A mysterious bug that looks like a mite but it is not the well known Varroa destructor mite shows up in south Florida, causing some concern among the beekeeping community. I am trying to identify the bug myself, and I might need your help. If you have an idea about what that is, please leave a comment below. We need to know if it is something important or not. _______________________________________________________ Email List: Subscribe to our email list […]

18 Jul 2018

HONEY BEE sample – HOW LONG it takes to get your diagnostic report

This is the third video of a series showing the Honey Bee Diagnostics Lab at the USDA in Beltsville, Maryland. This video series will cover the main diagnostic procedures applied when bees are sent to the lab for diagnosis. In this video, Dr. Humberto Boncristiani and Sam Abban discuss the procedures that follow when new samples arrive in the lab and how long it takes to process and send a diagnostic report back to the beekeeper. It is critical to […]

12 Jul 2018
02 Jul 2018

How to send samples of adult bees to the USDA for diagnosis

This is the video number one of a series of videos about the honey bee diagnostic laboratory at USDA Beltsville Maryland. This video series will cover the main diagnostic procedures applied to bees sent to the lab for diagnosis. In this video, Dr. Humberto Boncristiani and Sam Abban discuss the best procedure to send samples of Adult honey bees to the lab. It is very important to send the sample the right way to improve the quality of the service. […]

04 May 2018

A Transmissible RNA Pathway in Honey Bees

Link to the article: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2018/04/12/299800 Dr. Eyal Maori and collaborators discovered a very important piece of information that might be able to help to improve beekeeping in the future. In this video, I discuss the potential of the discovery and invite everyone to help to brainstorm alternative tools using this information.

05 Mar 2018

Colony Collapse Disorder – CCD – The GOOD the BAD and the UGLY – Dr. Jay Evans

Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD is a syndrome affecting honey bees that got a lot of attention in the media. Bees were apparently flying away and never returning home, leaving behind food and brood. After a lot of research, nobody could find a definitive answer for the phenomena, and a lot of frustration started to arise. After 12 years, the beekeepers started to describe heavy colony losses in the social media and use the term CCD again. I decided to […]

08 Feb 2018

Lithium Chloride Kills Varroa Mite?!?

Does Lithium Chloride kill Varroa destructor?!? A recent scientific article, published in Nature Scientific Reports, claims that Lithium Chloride can effectively kill Varroa destructor by a systemic mode of action. This is very good news for the scientific community. Beekeepers spread the buzz quickly on social media and within a week, the entire Amazon stock of Lithium Chloride sold out. This is an important scientific discovery, but Lithium Chloride can be very dangerous; further research is needed to see what […]

27 Dec 2017