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Welcome to the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association!

For over 130 years the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association has been serving the Los Angeles Beekeeping Community. Our group membership is composed of commercial and small scale beekeepers, bee hobbyists, and bee enthusiasts. So whether you came upon our site by design or just 'happened' to find us - welcome! Our primary purpose is the care and welfare of the honeybee. We achieve this through education of ourselves and the general public, supporting honeybee research, and practicing responsible beekeeping in an urban environment. 
 

"The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others."        Saint John Chrysostom

Next LACBA Meeting:  Monday, October 6, 2014. Open: 6:45P.M./Start: 7:00P.M.  All are welcome!
NOTE: We will not have a meeting in September. We'll be volunteering in the Bee Booth at the LA County Fair. (We're located behind the Big Red Barn). Buzz by - Say Hi!  

Next Beekeeping Class 101:  Sunday, August 17, 2014. Time: 9:00am-noon.  Location:  Bill's Bees Bee Yard. Topic: Keeping your bees healthy and What You Can Learn About Your Bees At the Hive Entrance. BEE SUITS REQUIRED. Come, learn responsible beekeeping for an urban environment. Everyone welcome!.   

We're now on Facebook. Check our our official Los Angeles County Beekeeping Association page on Facebook and 'LIKE' us. We hope you enjoy the posts: https://www.facebook.com/losangelesbeekeeping 

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Wednesday
Aug272014

National Honey Board Accepting Bee Research Proposals

The following is brought to us by ABJ Extra.   August 27, 2014
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Firestone, Colo., Aug. 25, 2014 – The National Honey Board is requesting proposals for research dealing with honey bee colony production. 

The goal of this research is to help producers maintain colony health while assuring the maintenance of honey quality.  The NHB is encouraging proposals on Varroa research, but will consider proposals dealing with  Acarapis woodi, Nosema ceranae, and small hive beetle; the investigation into the causes and controls of Colony Collapse Disorder; and honey bee nutrition, immunology, and longevity. 

The NHB is open to projects that find new methods of maintaining health, as well as those that combine current methods to increase efficacy rates.  Other projects will be considered and research outside the U.S. is possible. 

The amount of funds available for a particular proposal will depend on the number and merit of proposals finally accepted.  The funds will be available for approved projects for the duration of the calendar year 2015 and may be carried into early 2016 if necessary; the duration of projects being funded should generally not exceed 12 months. 

Proposals must be received at the National Honey Board office by 5:00p.m. Mountain Time, November 17, 2014.  Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered. Instructions on how to submit a research proposal may be found on the NHB website at www.honey.com.

The National Honey Board is an industry-funded agriculture promotion group that works to educate consumers about the benefits and uses for honey and honey products through research, marketing and promotional programs.
 

Wednesday
Aug272014

The Xerces Society: After 90% Decline Federal Protection Sought for Monarch Butterfly

The Xerces Society    August 27, 2014

Genetically Engineered Crops Are Major Driver in Population Crash

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety as co-lead petitioners joined by the Xerces Society and renowned monarch scientist Dr. Lincoln Brower filed a legal petition today to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking Endangered Species Act protection for monarch butterflies, which have declined by more than 90 percent in under 20 years. During the same period it is estimated that these once-common iconic orange and black butterflies may have lost more than 165 million acres of habitat — an area about the size of Texas — including nearly a third of their summer breeding grounds.

“Monarchs are in a deadly free fall and the threats they face are now so large in scale that Endangered Species Act protection is needed sooner rather than later, while there is still time to...

Read more...  http://www.xerces.org/after-90-percent-decline-federal-protection-sought-for-monarch-butterfly-2/

Wednesday
Aug272014

Saving the Monarchs  

Bug Squad - Happenings in the insect world      By Kathy Keatley Garvey    August 26, 2014

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation issued news today that is both disturbing and hopeful.

Disturbing in that the monarch butterfly population (Danaus plexippus) has declined by more than 90 percent in under 20 years.

Hopeful in that the monarch may receive federal protection through the Endangered Species Act.

The Xerces Society, the Center for Biological Diversity,  the...

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Tuesday
Aug262014

Bees Have Value in Medicine: Honey Helps Wounds Heal

The Guardian   By Lane Therrell   August 23, 2014

Bees have value in medicine because their honey helps wounds heal. Honey is the thick liquid food bees make for themselves from flower nectar. At a time when drought, disease, parasites, pesticides, and Africanized swarms are killing off honey bees in large numbers around the world, it is important to consider the effects of bees beyond pollination.

Honey has antibacterial qualities and has been used in the practice of healing and medicine since ancient times. The Egyptians, Sumerians, Chinese, Greeks, and Romans all valued honey, and honey is mentioned in both the Bible and the Koran. While the healing powers of honey faded in comparison to the new antibiotics introduced in the 20th century, today’s antibiotic-resistant superbugs make any substance with bacteria-fighting properties worth a second look.

Honey is used effectively for wound care in hospitals and other medical settings around the world today. Derma Sciences, a Toronto-based company, manufactures a wound-care line called Medihoney, which includes honey from the blossoms of the manuka plant, Leptospermum scoparium, as an active ingredient in state-of-the-art wound dressings.

The honey from most plants contains both hydrogen peroxide and methylglyoxal (MG), each of which contributes to the antibacterial properties of honey. However, the honey from manuka blossoms is especially high in MG.

Manuka honey is made from the nectar of New Zealand’s native “tea tree,” a large woody shrub with showy blossoms that range in color from white to deep pink. The people of New Zealand have had a love-hate relationship with manuka over time, with farmers considering it to be a noxious weed, and native Maori revering it for its healing properties. Captain Hook is reported to have made tea from L. scoparium leaves to protect himself and his crew from scurvy.

Derma Sciences makes many styles of wound dressings, one of which is a calcium alginate dressing impregnated with manuka honey. The honey has a low pH of 3.5-4.5, which, along with its inherent antibacterial factors, creates an environment that is hostile to bacteria and has been shown statistically in research trials to correlate with wound size reduction.

The alginate component of the wound dressing is made from seaweed, which is known to be highly absorbent and biodegradable. The Medihoney seaweed-honey combination forms a thick gel that pulls fluids away from the injured tissue and seals the surface of the wound. These properties create an optimal healing environment that remains both moist and bacteria-free. Best of all, the dressing can be rinsed away cleanly, so removing or changing the dressing leaves delicate new tissue intact and is relatively painless.

In numerous clinical trials, these products have demonstrated impressive healing outcomes for wounds and skin irritations. The manufacturer advertises Medihoney as having both antiseptic and antibiotic properties, no side effects, and being all-natural. To maintain clinical standards for use in a sterile hospital environment, all Medihoney products are irradiated.

The clinical research backing the product’s effectiveness represents an impressive body of scholarship that recognizes the bee’s value in medicine, to the extent that the FDA approved Medihoney for use in the U. S. in 2008, thereby acknowledging that honey heals wounds. The FDA specifically approved Medihoney for “moderately exuding wounds,” including pressure ulcers, first and second degree burns, donor sites, traumatic and surgical wounds, leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers. However, independent trials conducted since 2008, and published in the medical literature, have drawn conclusions of insufficient efficacy evidence, showing that bees may not yet be valued in medicine quite as highly as they may deserve.

In New Zealand, where manuka honey is produced, beekeepers first identified invasions of their bee colonies with the Varroa mite in 2001. The mite transmits several deadly bee viruses which can rapidly decimate bee colonies. Since its initial identification in the northern part of the country, the Varroa mite has spread to influence bee populations nationwide. With the source of manuka honey facing the possibility of a production shortfall, manuka honey wound dressings may also become scarce.

The expanding Varroa mite range in New Zealand and other critical factors influencing bee health, including extreme drought conditions in the western U. S., have created a worldwide honey shortage. Reports are that honey prices have almost doubled over the last eight years. In one isolated example of the downward trend, California’s 2013 honey production was less than 40 percent of its 2010 value.

That bees have value in medicine is clear, especially when the world is under siege by superbugs and has limited options  available for fighting them. As the world works together to develop new tools and solutions, it is important to know that  honey heals wounds.

Read at: http://guardianlv.com/2014/08/bees-have-value-in-medicine-honey-helps-wounds-heal/#0FrhdJU2qtLg5X6G.01

Sources:

The Republic
FDA
WebMD (Medicinal Uses of Honey)
WebMD (Manuka Honey)
Medical News Today
Derma Sciences
Science Daily
Worldwide Wounds
Desert Tropicals
Guardian Liberty Voice
The Meaning of Trees
North Carolina State University

Monday
Aug252014

Feral Colonies...Good or Bad?

This message brought to us by CATCH THE BUZZ: Kim Flottum,  Bee Culture, The Magazine Of American Beekeeping, published by the A.I. Root Company. Twitter.FacebookBee Culture’s Blog

Source:  PlosOne  Published August 15, 2014

Catherine E. Thompson, Jacobus C. Biesmeijer, Theodore R. Allnutt, Stéphane Pietravalle, Giles E. Budge

Parasite Pressures on Feral Honey Bees  Feral Colonies Are Pathogen Reservoirs. A PlosOne Publication.

Feral honey bee populations have been reported to be in decline due to the spread of Varroa destructor, an ectoparasitic mite that when left uncontrolled leads to virus build-up and colony death. While pests and diseases are known causes of large-scale managed honey bee colony losses, no studies to date have considered the wider pathogen burden in feral colonies, primarily due to the difficulty in locating and sampling colonies, which often nest in inaccessible locations such as church spires and tree tops. In addition, little is known about the provenance of feral colonies and whether they represent a reservoir of Varroa tolerant material that could be used in apiculture. Samples of forager bees were collected from paired feral and managed honey bee colonies and screened for the presence of ten honey bee pathogens and pests using qPCR. Prevalence and quantity was similar between the two groups for the majority of pathogens, however feral honey bees contained a significantly higher level of deformed wing virus than managed honey bee colonies. An assessment of the honey bee race was completed for each colony using three measures of wing venation. There were no apparent differences in wing morphometry between feral and managed colonies, suggesting feral colonies could simply be escapees from the managed population. Interestingly, managed honey bee colonies not treated for Varroa showed similar, potentially lethal levels of deformed wing virus to that of feral colonies. The potential for such findings to explain the large fall in the feral population and the wider context of the importance of feral colonies as potential pathogen reservoirs is discussed.

Read at... http://home.ezezine.com/1636/1636-2014.08.25.09.15.archive.html
Read Source at... http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0105164