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Posts from the ‘Beginning Beekeeping’ Category


Antimicrobial Effects of Honey

This publication from the American Chemical Society (ACS) discusses how honey produced by honey bees can have beneficial health effects, specifically focusing on how honey can help to fight infections.  Characteristics of honey, including its acidity and high sugar concentration, help your body fight off harmful bacteria.


Canola and Bees

This video from the Canola Council of Canada highlights some of the best management practices to be used when handling bees, a vital pollinator in the canola industry.


Bee Diversity and Blueberry production

Researchers from NC State have found that increased wild bee diversity enhances the productivity and stability of blueberry plants, emphasizing the trend that increased in bee diversity provides a multitude of ecosystem services.blueberry honey bee


Tiny flying robots being built to pollinate crops

Check out how a team of researchers from Harvard University are developing RoboBees– bee sized robots that could eventually be used to supplement the declining bee population in the pollination of flowering plants.


Nature’s Dying Migrant Worker

This insightful article discusses the value of Honey bees to the farming industry, and discusses why the great losses that are being seen in Honey bee populations will be harmful in the near future.  The full article by Josephine Marcotty is available here via the Star Tribune.



Worcester Honey Farms Bee Survival Survey

Worcester Honey Farms

Bee Survival Survey

Fellow beekeepers,


Dennis vanEngelsdorp and the BIP Team have said that they have not yet received a good representation of responses to the bee survival surveys this year, especially from small-scale beekeepers.


Can you complete the survey yourself, if you have not done so, and circulate (or recirculate) among your fellow beekeepers and mailing lists? It is important that we are all well represented. Deadline is April 30.


Thanks so much,

Jim Bobb


Please go to the BIP online survey at

and complete the survey there.  It will be live until April 30th.  Please do not complete the survey more than once. Information about past Winter Loss and National Management Surveys and the annual reports can be found online at


If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at  Once again thank you for your participation.


Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp
Project Director, Bee Informed Partnership
University of Maryland

Karen Rennich
Project Manager, Bee Informed Partnership
University of Maryland

Dennis vanEngelsdorp,  Ph.D.
Research Scientist

Department of Entomology

3136 Plant Sciences Bldg
University of Maryland
College Park, MD  20742-4454
717-884-2147 (voice)
301.314.9290 (fax)

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