Honey Bee Lab

Beekeeper Management Calendar: May (5/2/2017) by Mary Bammer - Recommendations for your apiary in May: This calendar is meant to be a reference point for management and is not comprehensive. The year-round Beekeeping Management Calendar can be found here: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in848    Additional resources: Swarm Control for Managed Beehives The Advantages of... Read More
Subscribe to the Melitto Files blog (4/19/2017) by Mary Bammer - The Melitto Files blog is hosted by the University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory. It features blog posts written by the HBREL staff, Florida apiary inspectors, and Master Beekeepers on topics including research and event... Read More
Beekeeper Management Calendar: April (3/31/2017) by Mary Bammer - Recommendations for your apiary in April: This calendar is meant to be a reference point for management and is not comprehensive. The year-round Beekeeping Management Calendar can be found here: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in848    Additional resources: Swarm Control for Managed Beehives The Advantages of... Read More
Veterinarians’ guide to honey bee antibiotics: Webinar (3/28/2017) by Mary Bammer - A new FDA ruling means that many beekeepers will need a prescription from a veterinarian to use certain honey bee antibiotics. The UF Honey Bee Lab hosted a webinar on February 22, 2017 to help veterinarians understand honey... Read More
Looking out for Nosema in spring colonies (3/23/2017) by Ashley Mortensen - A guide to quantifying the honey bee pathogen, Nosema, in colonies Regular subscribers to this blog may have noticed multiple mentions of Nosema in recent posts of the Beekeeping Management Calendar. These recommendations have highlighted the importance of monitoring and treating... Read More
Beekeeper Management Calendar: March (3/17/2017) by Mary Bammer - Recommendations for your apiary in March: This calendar is meant to be a reference point for management and is not comprehensive. The year-round Beekeeping Management Calendar can be found here: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in848  Additional resources: How to Quantify Nosema Spores Infection Rate in a... Read More
Beekeeper Management Calendar: February (2/15/2017) by Mary Bammer - Recommendations for your apiary in February: This calendar is meant to be a reference point for management and is not comprehensive. The year-round Beekeeping Management Calendar can be found here: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in848  Additional resources: The Benefits of Pollen to Honey Bees How to... Read More
Taking advantage of honey bees’ natural behaviors (2/3/2017) by Mary Bammer - Honey bees are an insect with a complicated life history and social organization. The honey bee that we use in the United States, Apis mellifera, is a cavity dwelling insect that flies to flowers to collect nectar and... Read More
Beekeeper Management Calendar: January (1/10/2017) by Mary Bammer - Recommendations for your apiary in January: This calendar is meant to be a reference point for management, and is not comprehensive. The year-round Beekeeping Management Calendar can be found here: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in848  Additional Resources For information on colony nutrition see “The Benefits of... Read More
New Year, new rule: A look at the FDA ruling on prescriptions for honey bees (12/23/2016) by Mary Bammer - Starting January 1st, 2017, if you choose to use antibiotics for the prevention or treatment of the bacterial diseases American foulbrood (AFB) and European foulbrood (EFB) in honey bee colonies, you will need a prescription or Veterinary Feed... Read More
Beekeeper Management Calendar: December (12/2/2016) by Mary Bammer - Recommendations for your apiary in December: This calendar is meant to be a reference point for management, and is not comprehensive. The year-round Beekeeping Management Calendar can be found here: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in848  Have something to say? Join the discussion on our Facebook Page.
Beekeeper Management Calendar: November (10/31/2016) by Mary Bammer - Recommendations for your apiary in November This calendar is meant to be a reference point for management, and is not comprehensive. The year-round Beekeeping Management Calendar can be found here: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in848  Have something to say? Join the discussion on our Facebook Page.
Pollinator protection that starts in the lab (10/27/2016) by Mary Bammer - In vitro literally means “in glass” in Latin. More broadly in vitro describes a process occuring outside of its biologically normal setting, generally in a laboratory. The idea summons up images of scientists in white lab coats with bubbling beakers and... Read More
Apiary hurricane preparedness (10/5/2016) by Mary Bammer - As you are preparing for the probable arrival of Hurricane Matthew to Florida, the safety of you, your family, and neighbors is the top priority. As long as you are otherwise safe, please take a few minutes to consider... Read More
Beekeeper Management Calendar: October (10/3/2016) by Mary Bammer - Recommendations for your apiary in October This calendar is meant to be a reference point for management, and is not comprehensive. The year-round Beekeeping Management Calendar can be found here: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in848  Have something to say? Join the discussion on our Facebook Page.
Field study of a new pesticide (9/15/2016) by Josh Campbell - Pesticides in Agriculture Pesticides are an important tool for farmers to control unwanted insect pests. In recent years many commonly used pesticides have been shown to be dangerous to bees that they come into contact with. Honey bees... Read More
Zika and Florida Beekeepers (9/9/2016) by Mary Bammer - A letter from the Florida Chief of Apiary Inspection, David Westervelt: The Southeastern United States is in a triple threat situation for mosquito proliferation and control. Listed below are conditions making it favorable for the breeding and spread... Read More
Beekeeper Management Calendar: September (9/1/2016) by Mary Bammer - Recommendations for your apiary in September This calendar is meant to be a reference point for management, and is not comprehensive. The standard form of the Beekeeping Management Calendar can still be found here: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in848  Have something to say? Join the discussion on... Read More
Beekeeper Management Calendar: August (8/22/2016) by Mary Bammer - Considerations for your hives in August This calendar is meant to be a reference point for management, and is not comprehensive. The standard form of the Beekeeping Management Calendar can still be found here: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in848  Have something to say? Join the discussion on... Read More
Reducing African honey bees using managed European colonies (8/15/2016) by Ashley Mortensen - At the UF HBREL we love when our science has practical applications for Florida beekeepers. Below is a summary of one such study with African and European honey bee colonies. Hypothesis: The presence of managed European honey bees can decrease... Read More
Value of Bees to Blueberry Fruit Set (8/1/2016) by Josh Campbell - Florida Blueberry Industry Blueberry growers in central and south Florida mostly utilize the highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum). It does not require many chill hours (the necessary number of hours where temperatures fall between 32 and 45 degrees F during... Read More
Beekeeper Management Calendar: July (7/15/2016) by Mary Bammer - We’re taking the standard Beekeeper Management Calendar and breaking it up. At the beginning of each month, we will post the major honey bee colony management considerations for that month in the form of a fun infographic! We’ll also show... Read More
A Tale of Two Subspecies: Genetics studies of South African honey bees (7/8/2016) by amineimanifar - There are two factors that play an integral role in distinguishing between populations within a species. First, an organism’s geography restricts its ability to disperse. Individuals in adjacent populations migrate between one another at a higher rate than... Read More
There’s a new Bee College in town, and it’s better than ever. (6/24/2016) by heltone - Mark August 12th and 13th on your calendar folks.  South Florida and Caribbean Bee College is right around the corner! Yes, you read that correctly. The UF Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab is combining the 4th annual... Read More
Varroa: the honey bee destructor (6/14/2016) by cjack - Varroa destructor Background:   Varroa is the most devastating pest of the western honey bee. It is responsible for the death of honey bee colonies world-wide, resulting in millions of dollars of damages. The mites are thought to... Read More
Melitto Files gets a new look (6/14/2016) by tbustamante - The Melitto Files has hit the web in a whole new way! We are transitioning from a newsletter format to an online blog. This will be the new source of information about the Honey Bee Research and Extension... Read More