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- Seed dressing process contributing to pesticide exposure
- Zombie Fly Killing Bees
-Saving bees might be simplier then we think
- It takes more than royal jelly to make a queen.
- Rutgers Beekeeping Class coverage
- Dan Rather Report on EPA & Pesticides
- Beekeepers helping NJ colonies Rebound
- USDA Winter Loss Survey
- New beekeepers review NJ Colony numbers
- Honeybees 'entomb' to protect against pesticides.
- Feature reviewing honeys benefits.
- The parasite that is decimating the bees.
- UNEP Threats to Insect Pollinators Report
- True Source Certified Honey Program
- Gold Dusters
- US Honey Production Up
- Jersey City (NJ) to consider looser restrictions on raising chickens, beekeeping
- Honey Bee InfoGraphic.
- Several bumblebee species in big trouble, U.S. study finds.
- Bee Viruses Spread via Flower Pollen
- USDA Releases 2010 Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder Progress Report














Beekeeping Research and News

We've taken a new direction with our research and news section - we've gone social with it!   We'll be sharing out news and research information to our community through the NWNJBA Facebook Page.  There you can keep up and interact with us on the information we bring while getting some commentary along the way on the links and resources being shared.

Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers Association

For archival purposes we'll leave the some short snippets to news that we accumulated along the way below.

Multiple Routes for Pesticide Exposure for Honey Bees Living Near Agricultural Fields
January 3, 2012 - A PlosONE research article outline how bees are coming into contact with neonicotinoids from seed coatings that is supposed to be  in the ground and not accessible to the bees.  The research demonstrates among other things the talc used to deliver the pesticide could be floating away and contaminating the environment and impacting the bees. 
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Source: plosone.org

Zombie Fly Parasite Killing Honeybees
January 3, 2012 - Parasitic fly lays eggs in a bees abdomen and the bees is consumed as the larvae grow. 
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Source: scientificamerican.com

Why saving the bees might be simpler then we think
December 7, 2011 - Proposal that moving to a large next system versus the use of the Langstroth hive, may result in a cure for CCD . 
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Source: greenanswers.com

Queen bees need more than royal jelly
November 18, 2011 - Research on a primary factor that decides if a larvae will become a queen or a worker bee.  This article explains an insulin receptor partner protein is key to making a queen and when it is blocked the larval bees will become workers even if fed royal jelly. 
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Source: www.westernfarmpress.com

Rutgers beekeeping class looks to grow N.J. colonies, trigger interest in state honey bee industry
November 8, 2011 - Star Ledger coverage of the short course hosted in Bordentown NJ
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Embedded video on beekeeping: Backyard beekeepers help honeybees recover from mysterious die-off
Embedded video on beekeeping: Cultivating bees on the rise on New Jersey  (our own Charles Ilsley is in this video about 1:20 minute in!)
Source: www.nj.com

Dan Rather Report on Bees and Pesticides - Bee Aware
September 22nd, 2011 - Dan Rather Reports coverage from the Huffington Post.  Bee Aware video available from Dan's Coverage of hive declines.  Includes Tom Theobold, James Frazier, and Bill Coniglio interviews.  This is a very well produced video and features NJ resources.
Read More> Note - the link only provides a preview video.  The full video can be seen here: Link
Source: Dan Rather Reports

USDA Honey Bee Pests and Diseases Survey
September 22nd, 2011 - Ed Kosenski posted to the E&M Goldkeepers Flying Bee Blog a description of a visit from NJ Apiarist Tim Schuler collecting samples for the USDA 2011 Survey that is underway. Led by Dr. Jeff Pettis, the study will include samples from apiaries in numerous states (including NJ).  Tim and Bob Hughes also visited S&F honey farms for some samples.
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Source: E&M Gold Beekeepers-FlyingBee Blog

Beekeepers helping New Jersey's honey bee colonies rebound
May 23rd, 2011 - Feature on the NJBA Spring meeting hosted in Cape May.
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Source: PressofAtlanticCity.com

USDA/AIA Winter Loss Survey
April 27th, 2011 - The Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) conducted an online survey to estimate honey bee colony losses for the 2010/2011 winter season. .
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Source: BeeInformed.com

New beekeepers helping revive N.J. colony numbers
May 16th, 2011 - Associated Press report of beekeeping in New Jersey featuring several NJ Beekeepers and NJ State Apiarist Tim Schuler.
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Source: NorthJersey.com

Honeybees 'entomb' hives to protect against pesticides, say scientists
April 4th, 2011 - By sealing up cells full of contaminated pollen, bees appear to be attempting to protect the rest of the hive.  Honeybees are taking emergency measures to protect their hives from pesticides, in an extraordinary example of the natural world adapting swiftly to our depredations, according to a prominent bee expert. 
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Webmaster Note: This article had it's genesis in from a talk that entomologist Jeff Pettis was giving in London. Pettis is a co-author on a journal article that expands on the topic published from 2009 and can be found at the USDA Website here: http://ddr.nal.usda.gov/bitstream/10113/30692/1/IND44226221.pdf 

Source: Guardian News and Media Limited

As buzz grows, jury's out on honey benefits
April 1st, 2011 - A lifestyle feature that examines the areas where honeys benefits are explored. While the Lansing site is centered in Michigan, it should be noted that NJBA's President Seth Belson is consulted in the piece.
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Source: Lansing State Journal

Simply Strange: The Story of a Tiny Parasite
March 15th, 2011 - The Tiny Parasite That's Decimating Bee Populations . 
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Source: LiveScience

Are Regulators Doing Enough to Prevent Bee Die-Offs?
March 15th, 2011 - A veteran Colorado beekeeper is challenging the Environmental Protection Agency to remove a widely used pesticide from the market until there’s proof it isn’t contributing to bee die-offs. Is he jumping to conclusions or catching the EPA using flawed science? 
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Source: NewWest.net

UNEP Global Honey Bee Colony Disorders and Other Threats to Insect Pollinators
March 10th, 2011 - United Nations report on mass honeybee deaths. Report shows multiple factors behind pollinator losses.
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Source: UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme

Honey Industry Declares Support of True Source Certified™ Traceability Program
March, 3rd, 2011 - The honey industry is providing its full support of a new voluntary program and independently certifies the traceability of honey from beekeeper to consumer.
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Source: PRNewswire

Gold Dusters - Article | Photographs
March, 2011 - National Geographic did a feature on the plight of pollinators in their March issue.  Incredible images accompany a well written article that stresses the importance of pollination.  There is a section in the article concerning honey bees and some commentary from Jeff Pettis of the USDA Bee Research Laboratory
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Source: National Geographic Magazine

United States Honey Production Up 20 Percent / Record High Honey Prices
February 25th, 2011 - USDA Report indicates that honey production in the US is up from 2009 to 2010 and that US honey prices have risen 9% in the same time period.  Read More>

NJ Stats 2009: 11,000 colonies | 32 lbs yield per colony | 352,000 lbs produced | $2.36 lb
NJ Stats 2010: 13,000 colonies | 35 lbs yield per colony | 455,000 lbs produced | $1.75 lb (a lower percent)
Source: National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Sub-Lethal Effects of Pesticide Residues in Brood Comb on Worker Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) Development and Longevity - on first pass, this appears to be an important finding, recommended...
February 23th, 2011 - From the journal PlosONE, this is a study from the Department of Entomology, Washington State University that provides some fascinating insight on the impact of pesticide residue contamination in the hive.  Read More>  Download PDF
Source: Department of Entomology, Washington State University

Jersey City (NJ) to consider looser restrictions on raising chickens, beekeeping
January 24th, 2011 - Jersey City, New Jersey may loosen restrictions for residents who want to own chickens and raise bees.   Read More>
Source: NJ.com

Honey Bee InfoGraphic.
January 10th, 2011 - Check out this 'infographic' of data on the decline of the honey bees.  We're not sure that the 'extinction' direction being represented is warranted but the graphic and its content is well presented and interesting in its presentation.   Review >
Source: FFunction
Additional Links: FFunction website

Several bumblebee species in big trouble, U.S. study finds.
January 4th, 2011 - Four U.S. species of bumblebees - an insect that plays an important role in crop pollination – have suffered a sharp decline in abundance and geographic range over the past few decades, a study says.

Their relative abundance, depending on the species, declined 88% to 96% in the last 20 to 30 years, and their geographic ranges have shrunk by 23% to 87%, according to the study led by University of Illinois entomology professor Sydney Cameron.   Read More >
Source: CNN
Additional Links: University of Illinois entomology professor Sydney Cameron

Bee Viruses Spread via Flower Pollen
December 29, 2010 - Viruses that could play a role in the recent decline in honeybee colonies may be spreading through flower pollen, new research finds. What's more, a number of wild pollinators, such as bumblebees, yellow jackets, and wasps, can also become infected with viruses in the pollen. Read More >
Source: National Geographic

USDA Releases 2010 Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder Progress Report
December 17th, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released the 2010 Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) Progress Report highlighting current research on this still mysterious disease affecting the nation's honey bees.
Source: USDA Website
Additional Links: U.S. Department of Agriculture - 2010 Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) Progress Report