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How to Export 196% more honey with only 13% more colonies…

Prof. Norberto García from Argentina gave an informative presentation at the 80th Annual Alberta Beekeepers Commission AGM & Convention,  regarding the fall of honey prices and adulteration of honey.

Prof. Garcia teaches Apiculture at the UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DEL SUR in Bahía Blanca, Argentina. He is also Senior Consultant of NEXCO S.A., the main Argentine honey exporter.

He is the current president of the International Honey Exporters Organization (IHEO) and Member of the Board of Directors of TRUE SOURCE HONEY (U.S.A), representing NEXCO S.A. He also chairs the Working Group on Adulteration of Bee Products of APIMONDIA.

Prof. García has worked intensely during recent years to create awareness on the problems of honey adulteration in different national and international meetings.

Please find below a link to this presentation

http://www.apiservices.biz/documents/articles-en/study_causes_falling_honey_prices_international_market.pdf

Figure 4 is said to be the most telling. How do you increase colony numbers by 13% but increase honey exports by 196%?

The research concludes “…that fraud mechanisms are responsible for the injection of a very important volume of cheap “manufactured” and diluted honeys to the market. The use of adulteration by various means becomes the method by which circumvention can be disguised and market share is increased.”

Northern Alberta Scientists Looking at Bees dying.

Our very own President, Craig Toth got some media attention with his work helping northern Alberta scientists.

CraigToth BK

Why are the bees dying? Northern Alberta scientists are helping find the answer

http://www.edmontonsun.com/2016/08/26/why-are-the-bees-dying-northern-alberta-scientists-are-helping-find-the-answer

CarlosCastillo NBDC

The experiment in progress:

Experiment     CraigsYardofBees

If anyone has been to Craig’s beeyard, this should bring back memories:

CraigDrivingQuad

Honey Birds

Ever heard of a honey bird?  Nasty pieces of work if you ask me because they are all brood parasites that lay one egg in a nest of another species.  Honeyguide nestlings have been known to physically eject their host’s chicks from the nest and they have hooks on their beaks with which they puncture the hosts’ eggs or kill the nestlings.

Honeyguides are named for a remarkable habit seen in one or two species: they guide humans to bee colonies. Once the hive is open and the honey is taken, the bird feeds on the remaining wax and larvae.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honeyguide

They are among the few birds that feed regularly on wax—beeswax in most species.

HoneyBird

 

Do Bees Dream of Electric Flowers?

A new study suggests that bees can store information in long-term memory while they sleep, just like humans do when we dream.

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160621-do-bees-dream

Similar to our circadian rhythm, honeybees sleep between five and eight hours a day. And, in the case of forager bees, this occurs in day-night cycles, with more rest at night when darkness prevents their excursions for pollen and nectar.

Without a good night’s sleep, then, honeybees start to forget the activities that should be second nature to them. And in a study released in 2015, Randolf Menzel and his colleagues from the Free University of Berlin provided a possible explanation as to why this might be.

Fanning Bees

EDBA Executive 2016 -17 and Constitution

We are very thankful for the following people who have stepped up in our organization to lead us through the 2016-2017 year.  It’s people like those you see below who help make beekeeping in Edmonton and Area an amazing experience.   Please thank them, next time you see them.

 

Executive:

President                          –  Craig Toth , 460-7773 ,craig.toth@hotmail.com

Vice President                –  Malcolm Connell, 780-239- 9649 ,connellmjm@hotmail.com

Secretary/Newsletter    – Sarah Willians ,swillans@syban.net

Treasurer                       –  Malcolm Connell, 780-239- 9649 ,connellmjm@hotmail.com

To become a member please make cheques out to:

‘Edmonton and District Beekeepers Association’

Post cheques to Malcolm Connell:  72 Morgan Crescent, St. Albert T8N 2E4

Directors:

Cor De Witt ,780-986- 8582

Murray Golden ,peg.golden@hotmail.com

Ray Powell  ,gm471@hotmail.com

Troy Donovan  ,troymd@gmail.com

 

Our EDBA Constitution can be found here.

 

Our Club’s Microscope

EDBA Club Microscope News:
I hope this mild winter was healthy for your hives and your families.
First of all I would like Crystal Samborski – your new treasurer – for donating a huge box of microscope “goodies” which will be used by the club for many years to come- slides and sample bottles and cover slips to name just a few. Thank-you Crystal for your generous donation!
I hope this mild winter was healthy for your hives and your families. I will be bringing the club microscope to the March EDBA Meeting at Beemaid if anyone would like to look at hive samples of bees.
This is a good time to examine bees from a deadout hive or from the normal dead bee die out in front of the hive.
To view nosema spores it is not necessary to put the bees in alcohol if the bees were frozen before bringing the sample to the meeting. However if the bees have to be kept for a short time at room temperature ,add isopropyl alcohol to your sample.  Bring a sample of 5 bees to get an idea if your hives were infected with nosema.
Bring your bees in a sealable baggie or bottle labelled with your name and email address and hive identification. If time runs out I will add alcohol to the bees and examine them later and send you a photo.
Looking forward to seeing you at Beemaid,
Sara Willans