Apis Newsletter From Malcolm T. Sanford: March 2014

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Apis Newsletter from Malcolm T. Sanford: February 2014

The February 2014 Apis Newsletter from Dr. Malcolm T. Sanford is hot off the press and chock full of great BEE information.
 
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Apis Newsletter from Malcolm T. Sanford: January 2014

Thank you to Malcolm T. Sanford for his permission to include information from the Apis Newsletter.

This month Dr. Sanford shares with us some of the information he gleaned from the recent American Beekeeping Federation convention in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, home of the Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics, and Physiology Research Laboratory of the U.S. Agricultural Research Service (ARS). He and about 50 members of the convention toured the facility where Dr. John Harbo was among the team of discoverers of what is being called Varroa Sensitive Hygiene (VSH).  The laboratory is also known for its pioneering work in importing Varroa-mite-resistant honey bees into the U.S.  The most important population of these bees occurs in eastern Russia (Primorski region).

Joe Traynor has shared his newsletter with pithy observations for the 2014 pollination season, including  the honey bee research situation in California.

People seem fascinated with zombies, so it's no surprise that honey bees presumably affected by these creatures have been making the blogs on the Internet.  It seems that on the west coast a phorid “zombie” fly Apocephalus borealis is beeing detected with increasing frequency.  Phoridae is a family of flies with a large repertoire of behaviors, mostly as parasites.  Now citizen scientist beekeepers can be on the alert for A. borealis via a web site.  Where this might lead is completely unknown at the moment, but worth keeping one's eyes open.  The saga of the small hive beetle is but one example of unintended, unknown consequences due to a heretofore improbable existence/introduction of an insect species.
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Apis Newsletter, April 16, 2013 (Malcolm T. Sanford)

Some of the topics of this month's Apis Newsletter include: Self-Medication in Animals Much More Widespread Than Believed; Phillip Craft as Apivar's U.S. Technical Advisor; Biosafety Data as Confidential Business Information; Almonds measure honey bee health; Honey bees make poor substitutes for wild pollinators; The long and short of honey bee tongues; Honey bee robots coming to agriculture? 

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Apis Newsletter - January 2013

The January 2013 Apis Newsletter by Malcolm T. Sanford is available online.

Some of the topics in this month's issue: The Canadian Pollination Initiative, Joe Traynor, and his yearly communications to beekeepers interested in the upcoming pollination season in California and how climate change is likely to affect California Agriculture, carbon tax, studies on the carbon footprint of various agricultural activities including beekeeping, the latest from the Extension Bee Health site, and much, much more. 

Dr. Sanford states that the most alarming news in this host of saved/sent of articles is the following:

"Large old trees are critical in many natural and human-dominated environments.  Studies of ecosystems around the world suggest populations of these trees are declining rapidly," he and colleagues Professor Bill Laurance of James Cook University, Australia, and Professor Jerry Franklin of Washington University, USA, say in their Science report.

"Research is urgently needed to identify the causes of rapid losses of large old trees and strategies for improved management. Without… policy changes, large old trees will diminish or disappear in many ecosystems, leading to losses of their associated biota and ecosystem functions."

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