Loss rates of honey bee colonies during winter 2017/18

Abstract This short article presents loss rates of honey bee colonies over winter 2017/18 from 36 countries, including 33 in Europe, from data collected using the standardized COLOSS questionnaire. The 25,363 beekeepers supplying data passing consistency checks in total wintered 544,879 colonies, and reported 26,379 (4.8%, 95% CI 4.7–5.0%) colonies with unsolvable queen problems, 54,525…

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Beehealth Guru Smartphone Application

A new smartphone application is being developed by Jerry Bromenshenk and crew at Bee Alert Technology, Missoula, MT.  A Kickstarter funding project has been mounted for the month of May 2019 in an effort to internationalize the effort. Every beekeeper should participate in this for a better outcome for their bees: https://beekeep.info/articles/if-bees-could-talk-kickstarter-program/ Malcolm T. Sanford…

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Extraction and characterization of chitin from the invasive Asian hornet...

Since first being detected in France in 2005, the invasive yellow-legged hornet, Vespa velutina nigrithorax Lepeletier, 1836 (Hymenoptera: Vespidae), has spread rapidly and is currently present in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium and The Channel Islands. It has also recently been found in the United Kingdom and Switzerland. The large numbers of Vespa velutina…

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