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Oxalic Acid Shop Towels

Randy Oliver is testing the effectiveness of oxalic acid soaked shop towels against varroa mites. And has some new results. This approach appears promising for anyone who wants to effectively treat for varroa without contaminating the bees, equipment or the environment. It’s simple. Blue shop towels, containing oxalic acid dissolved in glycerin and water, are […]

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Mushrooms and Bee Disease

Using natural beekeeping methods increases colony vitality, health and resiliency. But natural beekeeping is expensive in time and energy. So, it’s not suitable for everyone, especially some commercial beekeepers. They, like their bees, are worked to the maximum. With little time, and thin profit margins, few commercial beekeepers can survive the initial catastrophic colony losses […]

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SymBeeotic

I think this is the first commercial probiotic supplement for bees. A team of microbiologists at Lund University have patented the treatment, known as SymBeeotic — made from lactic acid bacteria from the stomachs of healthy bees — which they described as a major “boost” to bees’ immune system and are hopeful that it could […]

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Beehive Probiotic News

Here’s an interesting link to a Cosmos article describing some bee gut bacteria transfer experiments. Previous research demonstrated how honeybee gut bacteria increase disease resistance. For me, the implications are clear. Running bees un-naturally makes a cascade of unintended consequences. That’s been my own beekeeping experience. Probiotic relationships, so necessary for a colony health, are […]

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