“A natural product combining pollen and lactic acid may help boost the defense of bees against colony collapse disorder (CCD), which has led to the destruction of 10 million beehives internationally in the last six years…… The researchers who developed the product, in collaboration with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Karolinska Institutet, have studied the way lactic acid bacteria can fight bacterial infections in both bees and humans, with the results published in scientific journal PLOS ONE.”
This very interesting short video appeared on the internet but has since gone. It gives a different perspective regarding how bees manage to keep the brood warm in cold conditions. (ps.. I hope the author would not mind – it is intended here for non profit club for those interested in beekeeping.
A research background paper has been added to the links and documents page of this site that will be of interest to all beekeepers. “The analysis of honeybee products provides a novel approach to environmental monitoring in Australia. Bees typically forage several kilometres radius from the hive, making them ideal samplers of the surrounding environment
For those interested in a good collection of “bee” photos, check out this site.
“Despite a remarkably intensive level of research effort towards understanding causes of managed honeybee colony losses in the United States, overall losses continue to be high and pose a serious threat to meeting the pollination service demands for several commercial crops.” Honey Bee Health
Click on the following link to view what I considered an excellent introductory beekeeping article. Some of it of course may not be relevant to common Australian practice but is nevertheless an interesting overview. Small Scale Beekeeping
An article by Shona E Blair, PhD.
A very interesting in depth article in pdf format. Worth a read ! To quote from the article: “The purpose of this bulletin is to distribute and make available information on the manufacturing, processing and marketing of value added bee products. It is directed at beekeepers as well as non- beekeepers, small entrepreneurs, extension officers