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Beenomics’ researchers help beekeepers breed custom bees

The Beenomics project is aimed at developing tools that would allow beekeepers to read the genetic code of individual bee colonies and find out how they compare for certain traits. (Andy Duback/Associated Press)

Traits including honey production, ability to survive the winter partly controlled by genetics Canadian beekeepers are getting help in breeding the ultimate bee – with custom traits including the ability to survive a harsh Canadian winter. The Beenomics Project is headed by Amro Zayed at Toronto’s York University and Leonard …

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Sensory analysis of honey: Author and Taster completes her course in Italy

by Marina Marchese Catching an international flight out of JFK is the last thing I wanted to do during an Ebola panic, it was mid-March 2015 and the deadly virus was on U.S. soil. Missionaries were being flown home for treatment while international travelers were held in quarantine at airports, …

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The Bees of Slovenia

The thought of death takes dimension when you place your bare hand in a beehive for the first time. “You’ll be fine. These bees are from the forest; they are gentle. Trust me,” Blaž said as he urged me forward with his eyes towards the natural beehive he had cut …

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Poisonous Honey called ‘Noors’

Poisonous Honey called ‘Noors’

In 1778 a curious incident was recorded by a renegade deserter from the Dutch East India Company in the vicinity of the Augrabies Falls which is believed to be the first record of poisonous honey in southern Africa. Since then other accounts of such poisonous honey have been recorded in …

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The Honey, the Hound and the Hydromel: A Parisian’s Passion for Urban Beekeeping

From the rooftops of the 7th to the city’s ancient catacombs, discover how Parisian Apiculteur Audric de Campeau transformed his passion into liquid gold. A story in three parts… Part I: The Honey A zinc-covered rooftop with front-row views of the Eiffel Tower, a grassy moat at the foot of …

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Two rare bees pass first hurdle for federal protection

The rusty patched bumblebee is one of two bees inching its way toward potential protection as an endangered species. [Image credit: U.S. Geological Survey Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab] By Meghan Bartels Posted in: Environment Tags: animals, bees, ecology, endangered species, Endangered Species Act, Environment, honeybees, insects, pollen, U.S. Fish …

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Sundarbans buzzes with discovery of solitary bee

Sundarbans buzzes with discovery of solitary bee

The 96 species of bees of the genus Braunsapis do not make combs as common honeybees do. A “solitary bee” species was recently discovered in the Sundarbans Biosphere Reserve. The 6.2-mm-long bee, named Braunsapis chandrai, is black in colour and has punctured legs. What makes it distinct from other species …

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Ten things to do to help honeybees

Ten things to do to help honeybees

1. Become a beekeeper Beekeeping is a most enjoyable, fascinating and interesting hobby – and you get to eat your own honey too. Every year local beekeeping associations run courses to help new people to take up beekeeping and even help them find the equipment they need and a colony …

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CCD Poster Boy David Hackenberg Loses 90% of His Bee Hives

CCD Poster Boy David Hackenberg Loses 90% of His Bee Hives

David Hackenberg, who first announced the phenomenon now known as ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’ (CCD) back in late 2006, has lost 90 percent of his bees. Again. “We’ve lost our bees before, but it’s never been this bad,” says 43-year-old Davey Hackenberg who now runs Buffy Bee, his father’s East Coast …

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