Category Archives: Research

A Letter to the Editor

“After being questioned by a beekeeper who apparently likes to keep a colorful pristine yard, The BBB needs to mention briefly about not purchasing neonics treated plants as precautionary and why. I know a wholesale nursery that voluntarily switched over … Continue reading

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Ideas for Beekeeping Meetings

Ideas for Beekeeping Meetings – by Keith Hawkins, LSU AgCenter Extension Agent One of the challenges of preparing for the monthly meetings of the SW Louisiana Beekeepers is presenting fresh, timely, relevant topics. SWLA Beeks has an advisory group to … Continue reading

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Why Human Behavior is Hurting Honey Bees

An article from Entomology Today (www.entomologytoday.org) In the search for answers to the complex health problems and colony losses experienced by honey bees in recent years, it may be time for professionals and hobbyists in the beekeeping industry to look … Continue reading

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Honey I Love You

Earlier this month I received my first package of bees. A package refers to a box containing 3 pounds of bees, or roughly 12 thousand Apis Mellifera. And while introducing a new species of animal to your home seems like … Continue reading

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Honeybee Losses Improve from Horrible to Bad

“There’s a glimmer of hope for America’s ailing honeybees as winter losses were the lowest in more than a decade, according to a U.S. survey of beekeepers released Thursday. Beekeepers lost 21 percent of their colonies last winter, the annual … Continue reading

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Save the Date: 21st Annual Field Day at the USDA Honey Bee Lab in Baton Rouge

The USDA Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory and the Louisiana State Beekeepers Association will hold the 21st Annual Field Day on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The event will be held at the laboratory, located at 1157 Ben Hur … Continue reading

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New Baton Rouge research leader

The USDA is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Robert Danka as the Research Leader for the Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Unit (HBBGPU) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana effective immediately. Dr. Danka is a Research Entomologist who first … Continue reading

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