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GETTING through the winter isn’t simple. However, the honey bee is one of the few insect species that is adapted to survive winter without becoming completely dormant.
The genetic background of the colony also influences the overwintering success. In a study conducted during 2009 and 2014, spanning 20 apiaries across Europe, led by the Bee Institute in Hessen, Germany, it was found that winter survival was impacted upon by the genetic background of bees.
Colonies headed by local queens survived an average of 83 days longer than colonies headed by non-local queens.
Read more in the IrishExaminer
Not to be missed; Randy Oliver will be at the Tullamore Court Hotel on Sunday the 18th. September at 2:30pm. the theme will be ” What future for the local bee” This event is organised by The Native Irish Honey Bee Society, a small cover charge will be made to cover costs for the day, and it is open to all. Hoping to see you all there
NUIG wishes to clarify a misunderstanding some beekeepers might have regarding samples of bees to send in.
The bees are returned alive and well to their hive
Keith Browne needs a sample of ten bees from each hive where a mite count has taken place.
If a bee sample was sent in previously, there is no need to send in a new sample unless the queen has changed 6-8 weeks previously.
If there has been no change in the queen status of the colony then the beekeeper does not need to send us a new sample.
And anyone who has not submitted a sample yet, please do so!
We have a subspecies in Ireland that is endangered in Europe, and Ireland is likely to be the last stronghold of this species,” said Prof Grace McCormack, from the Molecular Evolution and Systematics Laboratory at NUI Galway
Read more in the Irish Times
There are two Bee Improvement workshops coming up in early August. Colm O’Neill will hold a workshop on Saturday 6th August at 2.00 p.m. at his home apiary in Naas, Co Kildare. Pat Finnegan will hold a workshop on Sunday, 7th August at 2.00 p.m. in the Sligo/Leitrim area. Full details of venue, etc. will follow.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine invites detailed proposals from suitable research institutions for a scientific programme of work to achieve the objectives of the National Apiculture Programme 2016-2019.
National Apiculture Programme 2016-2019
The Deise Beebreeding Group will be holding a NIHBS open day at Pat Deasy’s home apiary (Just outside Youghal, Co. Cork) on Saturday the 16th of July at 2.00pm
Topics to be covered include:
Managing our native honey bee
Methods and aspects of bee breeding
Using nitrogen to check for hygienic traits
There is a reduced rate for NIHBS members of €5. €10 for non members
Spaces are limited so its advisable to book which can be done on 024 20910
NUIG has joined forces with NIHBS (The Native Irish Honey Bee Society) to breed a strain that will be tolerant to the devastating Varroa Destructor parasite.
Read more in the Connacht Tribune