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  • First year beekeeping

    For seasonally-appropriate varroa treatment recommendations, please scroll down to “Treatment Recommendations by Season.” Updated 18 Sept 2019.  I continually update this page, so please refer to the current version.  For mite treatment options, search “Varroa Mite Management” Beekeeping in a Nutshell I’ve attempted to distill 50 year’s of beekeeping experience into a short set of […]

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  • Pesticides in the News

    Pesticides in the News Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com First Published in ABJ in August 2019 Our beleaguered Environmental Protection Agency, tasked with protecting man and the environment, is caught between an unsupportive Administration and a public that is becoming more and more concerned about the effects of pesticides and climate change. I plan to return to […]

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  • Nosema Part 4: Nosemosis

    Contents Effects of nosema upon an individual bee. 1 Effects of nosema upon the colony. 2 Colonies can fight back. 2 Nosema and almond pollination. 4 Nosema and the queen. 7 How concerned should you be about nosema?. 8 The take-home message. 10 Coming. 11 citations and notes. 12   . Nosema Part 4: Nosemosis […]

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  • The Seasonality and Effects of Nosema

    Contents Requisites for nosema to gain a foothold. 2 The importance of pollen to Nosema transmission and reproduction. 4 The connection between nosema and dysentery. 6 putting it all together. 7 Coming. 8 citations and notes. 8   The Seasonality and Effects of Nosema Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com First Published in ABJ in Aug. 2019 Nosema […]

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  • Reading material

    Below are links to some classic beekeeping publications: Farrar 1944 Productive-management-of-honeybee-colonies   USDA 1967 Beekeeping in the United States    Scroll down to Moeller’s “Managing Colonies for High Honey Yields” Beekeeping-in-California_1987 I also recommend (or have had recommended): Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees, 2nd Edition: Honey Production, Pollination, Health, Malcolm Stanford.  Malcolm has an easy-to-read writing […]

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  • The Enigma of Nosema

    Contents The invasion of Nosema Ceranae. 2 How did ceranae get into the U.S.?. 5 Signs of nosema infection. 5 A key finding. 8 Next. 9 citations and notes. 9   The Enigma of Nosema Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com First published in ABJ July 2019 I’ve recently read Raquel Martin-Hernandez’s excellent review of our state of […]

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  • Selective Breeding for Mite-Resistance: Walking the Walk

    Contents Selective breeding for mite resistance. 4 The 2018 season. 4 A visit to France. 12 My spring surprise. 13 Selection vs. Bottlenecking. 16 Choosing the breeders. 17 The big question ― heritability. 18 The importance of the drone pool 19 A Primer on Bee Genetics. 19 Bottom line. 21 Acknowledgements. 22 References. 22   […]

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  • It’s “Common Knowledge” that Nosema Causes Dysentery… But is it actually true?

    Contents What is dysentery?. 4 So why does everyone think that nosema causes dysentery?. 7 The sad part. 7 Nosema apparently does not cause dysentery. 7 next. 9 citations and notes. 9   It’s “Common Knowledge” that Nosema Causes Dysentery… But is it actually true? First published in ABJ May 2019 Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com Yesterday […]

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  • The Pesticide Situation Part 5: Reinventing Nature

    Contents Reinventing Nature. 1 Biopesticides (aka “biologicals”) 1 Resistant cultivars. 2 intensive agriculture. 4 Innovations in Mechanical Technology. 5 Agroecology and “regenerative agriculture”. 5 Resistance to change in a changing world. 7 Notes and citations. 8   The Pesticide Situation Part 5: Reinventing Nature Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com First published in ABJ May 2019 In their […]

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  • Mite Drift Quantification

    Mite Drift Quantification: A Citizen Science Project Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com First Published in ABJ, April 2019   There’s been a lot of discussion on “mite bombs” and the drifting of bees and mites from hive to hive. But there’s been surprisingly little research to measure exactly how many mites actually do manage to successfully catch […]

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