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Meet the men reviving the ancient craft of tree beekeeping

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By Jean Vernon 29 APRIL 2016 • 5:08PM We think of bees and flowers as inextricably linked, and the flowers we typically picture as the most “bee-friendly” are garden stalwarts such as sunflowers andlavender. However, ask a bee’s opinion and they will most likely name a tree – cherry plum, …

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Turmeric Honey Mixture – The Strongest Natural Antibiotic

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We have already written about the wonderfully tasty and healthy turmeric golden milk to treat many ailments. Today, we would like to share with you another great natural turmeric remedy. Turmeric golden honey is considered the strongest antibiotic described in Ayurveda scriptures as well. The blend of raw honey, turmeric …

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Why did my honey bees die?

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LEARNING TO IDENTIFY A COMMON CAUSE OF WINTER DEATH IN NORTHERN CLIMATES By Meghan Milbrath, Michigan State University Extension, March 8, 2016 Guest Blog Beekeepers in northern climates have already lost a lot of colonies this winter. While official counts won’t be recorded for a few months, some trends are …

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Nation’s Beekeepers Lost 44 Percent of Bees in 2015-16

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Summer losses rival winter losses for the second year running Beekeepers across the United States lost 44 percent of their honey bee colonies during the year spanning April 2015 to April 2016, according to the latest preliminary results of an annual nationwide survey. Rates of both winter loss and summer …

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African beekeeping stops mites wiping out hives

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Traditional African beekeeping methods offer better protection against hive-destroying varroa mites than pesticides which, according to a study, are losing their potency. The mites, which attach to bees and suck their body fluids, are increasingly resistant to pyrethroids, according to a study, published yesterday in PLOS One. The research shows …

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A Hive for the Honeybee in the Heart of a Tree – Celebrating Britain’s First Tree Hive

Published on May 29, 2016 The Natural Beekeeping Trust created the first “Zeidler” tree hive at Pertwood Organic Farm in Wiltshire. Watch trustee Jonathan Powell, trained in the tree beekeeping methods of the old Eastern European tree beekeepers, demonstrate the making of a tree hive from beginning to end. The …

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Bumblebees use nicotine to fight off parasites

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April 27, 2015 University of Queen Mary London Summary: Bumblebees that have been infected by parasites seek out flowers with nicotine in the nectar, likely to fight off the infection, new research has found. The nicotine appears to slow the progression of disease in infected bees but has harmful effects when …

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Flowers’ polarization patterns help bees find food

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June 5, 2014 University of Bristol Summary: Bees use their ability to ‘see’ polarized light when foraging for food, researchers have discovered. This is the first time bees have been found to use this ability for something other than navigation. Bees use their ability to ‘see’ polarized light when foraging for …

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Preference for built-up habitats could explain rapid spread of tree bumblebee in UK

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September 26, 2014 University of East Anglia Summary: Tree bumblebee populations could be spreading because the bees readily live alongside humans in towns and villages. This sets the species apart from other common British bumblebees — which could explain how tree bumblebees have managed to colonize much of the UK while …

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