UC Davis Apiculture Newsletter - Summer 2017

Dear readers,

What better way to celebrate the National Honey Bee Day today (Aug 19) but to read the UCD Apiculture Newsletter. Let us know if you have any questions and we hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed writing it.

If you need to unsubscribe please go to https://lists.ucdavis.edu/sympa/subscribe/ucdavisbeenews
Elina

Elina L. Niño, Ph.D.Extension Apiculturist
The Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, Faculty Director

California Master Beekeeper Program, Director
Department of Entomology and Nematology
University of Californi
a, Davis
Davis, CA 95616
Office: 37D Briggs Hall

Field Office: 117 Harry H. Laidlaw Jr.
Honey Bee Research Facility
Phone: 530-500-APIS
Email: 
elnino@ucdavis.edu
E. L. Niño Bee Lab: 
http://elninobeelab.ucdavis.edu

CAMBP: http://cambp.ucdavis.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elninolab  

To sign up for updates on:
E. L. Niño Bee Lab Courses: http://eepurl.com/cjRern
CAMBP interest list: http://eepurl.com/cjRzY1

UC Davis Apiculture Newsletter-Spring 2017

Elina L. Niño, Ph.D., Extension Apiculturist

Dear readers,

We hope you are buzzing with excitement for the new season!  We are quite busy ourselves and are working on several new projects. You can read more about it in our Spring Newsletter. Let us know if you have any questions and we hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed writing it.

Elina

Elina L. Niño, Ph.D.
Extension Apiculturist
The Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, Faculty Director
California Master Beekeeper Program, Director
Department of Entomology and Nematology
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616Office: 37D Briggs HallField Office: 117 Harry H. Laidlaw Jr.Honey Bee Research FacilityEmail: elnino@ucdavis.edu

E. L. Niño Bee Lab: http://elninobeelab.ucdavis.edu
CAMBP: http://cambp.ucdavis.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elninolab  

To sign up for updates on:
E. L. Niño Bee Lab Courses: http://eepurl.com/cjRern
CAMBP interest list: http://eepurl.com/cjRzY1

Beekeeping Workshop Three: Honey Bees & Gardens

   "We're very excited to be heading down to SoCal for our final workshop in this series. 
Hope to see some of you all there!"
 E.L. Nino Bee Lab  

Date: December 3, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Contact: (858) 822-7933
Sponsor: CE San Diego
LocationValley Center Library

Topics

The Business of Beekeeping
The Process of Honey Extraction
Friendly Gardening for Honey Bees
Honey Tasting

Registration: Workshop Fee: $60 per person.  Your registration includes morning refreshments, lunch and all handout materials.

Event Details

The University of California Cooperative Extension is excited to offer a series of workshops on honey bees and beekeeping. This series is perfect for those who have little or no beekeeping experience and would like to obtain more knowledge and practical skills for owning and caring for their own colonies.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about and practice many aspects of what is necessary to get their honey bee colonies started and keep them healthy and thriving. At the end of the series, they will be knowledgeable about beekeeping best management practices and the possible challenges with maintaining a healthy colony of honey bees.

The third workshop is focused on friendly gardening for honey bees and product of the hive.

For information: http://cesandiego.ucanr.edu/?calitem=343580&g=17951

UC Davis Apiary Newsletter November/December 2015

E. L. Nino Bee Lab

Hello all and a very Happy New Year to you!

The November/December UC Davis Newsletter is now available. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy writing it!

Elina

Please note the new link for the on-line Newsletter is http://elninobeelab.ucdavis.edu/apiculture_newsletter.html

The Newsletter archive can be found here http://entomology.ucdavis.edu/Faculty/Eric_C_Mussen/Apiculture_Newsletter/

Elina L. Niño, Ph.D.
Assistant Specialist in CE - Apiculture
Department of Entomology and Nematology
University of Californi
a, Davis
Office: 37D Briggs Hall
Field Office: 117 Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility
Davis, CA 95616 Work phone: 530-500-APIS(2747)
Email: 
elnino@ucdavis.edu Webpage: http://elninobeelab.ucdavis.edu/

LACBA Supports E.L. Nino Bee Lab

E.L Nino Bee Lab   By Elina L. Nino   November 24, 2015

In the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday a BIG thank you to our most recent supporters! The Gilroy Beekeepers Association (http://www.uvasgold.com/gba/) has contributed to our Master Beekeeper Program and the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association (/) is providing support for our various research and extension efforts. A BIG, BIG thank you to all our supporters who will be featured in our next newsletter.

E.L. Nino Bee Lab

Range and Frequency of Africanized Honey Bees in California

 PLOS/ONE  Yoshiaki  Kono, Joshua R. Kohn  September 11, 2015

Africanized honey bees entered California in 1994 but few accounts of their northward expansion or their frequency relative to European honey bees have been published. We used mitochondrial markers and morphometric analyses to determine the prevalence of Africanized honeybees in San Diego County and their current northward progress in California west of the Sierra Nevada crest. The northernmost African...

Read more... http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0137407

(Note from E.L. Nino Bee Lab: "Fresh off the presses! I'm always asked how far did the Africanized honey bees make it in California so here is the answer.")

UC Davis Newsletter: May/June 2015

Hello All, The UC Davis Newsletter: May/June 2015 is now available. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed writing it! Elina

Please note the new link for the on-line Newsletter is
http://elninobeelab.ucdavis.edu/apiculture_newsletter.html
 

The Newsletter archive can be found here
http://entomology.ucdavis.edu/Faculty/Eric_C_Mussen/Apiculture_Newsletter/

Elina L. Niño, Ph.D.
Assistant Specialist in CE - Apiculture
Department of Entomology and Nematology
University of California, Davis
Webpagehttp://elninobeelab.ucdavis.edu/

The UC Apiary Newsletter is Smokin!

Bug Squad    By Kathy Keatley Garvey   February 27, 2015

If you're looking for the newsletter, from the UC apiaries, it has a new home. 

The new UC California Cooperative Extension apiculturist, Elina Lastro Niño, has moved it to her website now that EricMussen has retired. Mussen, now Extension apiculturist emeritus, wrote the newsletter from 1976 to 2014 and loaded it on his UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology website. The editions are now archived.

The new home? It's on the elninobeelab website

It's available online for free, of course. The newsletter is published bimonthly: in February, April, June, August, October and December.  Niño relates: "If you wish to have this newsletter sent directly to your email address, please follow the instructions below.  Enter this URL into your browser: https://lists.ucdavis.edu/sympa/subscribe/ucdavisbeenews. When it opens, it should relate to subscribing to this newsletter.  Enter your email address and then click submit. It is time to decide whether to continue your hard copy subscription. The mailed subscription rate is now $25 per year (six issues). If you'd still like to continue this subscription please send a check by April 10, 2015 payable to the UC Regents and mailed to Elina L. Niño at the address in the signature block. Be sure to include your name and mailing address. If the check is not received you will not receive the next issue of the newsletter as a hard copy. This, of course, does not apply to those who have already prepaid for a certain time period."

In the newest edition, published today, you'll learn about how to treat those nasty Varroa mites, known far and wide (except in Australia, which doesn't have them) as beekeepers' Public Enemy No. 1.

Niño writes about HopGuard® II, "basically an 'old' product developed by BetaTec Hop Products, Inc., but it has an improved delivery system."

You'll also learn

  • what Niño said when she addressed the the Avocado Pollination Seminar series
  • that EPA is registering a new insecticide, flupyradifuron
  • about exciting upcoming events, including a bee symposium, open house, and queen-rearing workshops, and
  • some great information about how honey bees collect nectar.

How honey bees collect nectar is her Kids' Corner feature. "Usually after about three weeks of  life as a house bee, all healthy honey bees in a normal, healthy colony become foragers," she writes. "They start every morning by going out into the world looking for the best sources of sugary nectar and protein-rich pollen. Some of them even collect water. Now, I'm sure you've seen these friendly ladies just buzzing along visiting flowers in your back yard. By the way, just a reminder, forager bees will not attack unless they feel threatened so just make sure you don't bother them and you should be fine (and tell your friends too!). "

Niño goes on to explain the process, and points out, as Mussen emphasizes, that honey is "not actually bee vomit as it never goes through a digestion (breakdown) process in the digestive tract of a honey bee." (Mussen officially retired in June 2014 after 38-years of service, but he continues to maintain an office in Briggs Hall and assists wherever he can, including writing a few articles for the newsletter.)

Niño, who joined the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology on Sept. 1, 2014 from Pennsylvania State University—2600 miles away--is as busy as the proverbial worker bee.

 “California is a good place to bee,” she told us recently. “I just wish I could have brought some of that Pennsylvania rain with me to help out California's drought."

Niño operates her field lab at Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road, west of the central campus, and at her lab in Briggs Hall, on the central campus. Her aims: to conduct practical, problem-solving research projects; to support the state's beekeepers through research, extension and outreach; and to address beekeeper and industry concerns.

 The mission of her program is "to provide support to California beekeepers and other relevant stakeholders through research, extension and outreach." Niño studies honey bee biology, health, reproduction, pollination biology, insect ecology, evolution, genomics and chemical ecology.

Check out her lab's website at http://elninobeelab.ucdavis.edu/; and her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/elninolab. Her email is so easy to remember: elnino@ucdavis.edu.

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