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/

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.

UC Davis Newsletter 

UC Davis Department of Entomology Newsletter Nov/Dec 2014

Dear all, 

Here is the November/December 2014 issue of the UC Davis Apiculture Newsletter. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed preparing it.   

Happy holidays,
Elina L. Niño, Ph.D.
Extension Apiculturist, Department of Entomology and Nematology,
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616

URL: http://elninobeelab.ucdavis.edu/

 

UC Davis Department of Entomology Newsletter Sept/Oct 2014

from the U.C. APIARIES University of California Sept/Oct 2014  "Hello" from Elina" 

Hello California!
Dear California beekeepers,

I am truly thrilled to be the new Assistant Extension Specialist in Apiculture here at UC Davis and I can’t wait for us to get better acquainted. I know, I know, I have some big shoes to fill, but I’m thinking I have the next 38 years to do so. My official start date was September 1, 2014 so as you can imagine I barely had the time to learn how to get from my lab at Briggs Hall to my office at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Research Facility. Despite the short time I’ve been here, I’ve had the pleasure of already meeting some of CA beekeepers. But until I get to meet you all, I will share a few words about myself, starting at the very beginning.

To subscribe to the apiculture newsletters, access this page. Subscriptions are free. Assistant Extension Specialist in Apiculture, Elina L Niño, joined the UC Davis Department of Entomology faculty in September 2014, serves as the editor of from the U.C. Apiaries. 

UC Davis Department of Entomology Newsletter for July/August 2014

from the U.C. Apiaries   By Dr. Eric Mussen    July/August 2014

With the permission of Dr. Eric Mussen, we have attached latest newsletter:"from the U.C. Apiaries," the U.C. Davis Department of Entomology July/August 2014 Apiary Newsletter.

"This is the last newsletter for which I will be solely responsible.  Our newly acquired Extension Apiculturist, Dr. Elina Nino, will decide shortly on how she will handle the newsletter business, but I will keep the list available for her use.  Unlike Dr. Malcolm Sanford, I am signing off.  So, Malcolm your “Apis” newsletter will outlast my nearly 39-year run.

I wish everyone the best of luck in all your beekeeping and bee-related endeavors in the future."  Eric.

(Note: For more on Dr. Eric Mussen and Dr. Enina Nino, see Kathy Keatley Garvey's September 5th blog:http://ucanr.edu/blogs/bugsquad/index.cfm)

UC Davis Department of Entomology Apiary May/June 2014 Newsletter

With the permission of Dr. Eric Mussen, we have a attached from the U.C. Apiaries, the UC Davis Department of Entomology May/June 2014 Apiary Newsletter.

To subscribe to the apiculture newsletters, access this page. Subscriptions are free. Cooperative Extension Apiculturist Eric Mussen, who joined the UC Davis Department of Entomology faculty in 1976, serves as the editor of from the U.C. Apiaries
http://entomology.ucdavis.edu/Faculty/Eric_C_Mussen/Apiculture_Newsletter/.

UC Davis Dept of Entomology Newsletter for January/February 2014

With the permission of Dr. Eric Mussen, we have a attached from the U.C. Apiaries, the UC Davis Department of Entomology January/February 2014 Apiary Newsletter.

To subscribe to the apiculture newsletters, access this page. Subscriptions are free. Cooperative Extension Apiculturist Eric Mussen, who joined the UC Davis Department of Entomology faculty in 1976, serves as the editor of from the U.C. Apiaries
http://entomology.ucdavis.edu/Faculty/Eric_C_Mussen/Apiculture_Newsletter/.

 

UC Davis Department of Entomology Apiary Newsletter Dec/Nov 2013

With the permission of Dr. Eric Mussen, we have a attached from the U.C. Apiaries, the UC Davis Department of Entomology September/October Apiary Newsletter.

This issue is chock full of new information on: Bee Food and the differences between the diets of queen bee and worker bee, and what makes a queen; Bee stings, bee venom, and preventing allergic reactions; Apitherapy Studies and the use of products from the honey bee hives for medicinal purposes; Cover Crops in Orchards. 

To subscribe to the apiculture newsletters, access this page. Subscriptions are free. Cooperative Extension Apiculturist Eric Mussen, who joined the UC Davis Department of Entomology faculty in 1976, serves as the editor of from the U.C. Apiaries (below) and Bee Briefs.

http://entomology.ucdavis.edu/Faculty/Eric_C_Mussen/Apiculture_Newsletter/