honey testing australian honey pure

The ABC reports that the ACCC found honey testing methods not reliable enough to prove adulteration. It’s been a couple of months since “honeygate” hit the media. Honey testing from two studies claimed that up to 50% of imported honeys were adulterated. But the “big shock” came with many Australian-sourced honeys testing positive for adulteration.…

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glyphosate bees beehives health round up

Research shows that the world’s most used weedkiller, Glyphosate (RoundUp), damages the beneficial bacteria in the guts of honeybees. This year the media has begun reporting disturbing new research. It seems the world’s most popular weedkiller, Glyphosate, damages the beneficial bacteria in the guts of honeybees. This makes them more prone to deadly infections.  …

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bee sting venom immunity science of

Would you get regular injections of bee venom if it made you immune to bee stings? Beekeepers have to be pretty tough. But there’s some pretty complex biology behind how the body responds to a bee sting. Ten years ago New Scientist reported on a Swiss study into how beekeepers develop immunity to bee stings…

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Monster Beehive North Perth Bee2Bee Beekeeping Supplies Feral Bees Aggressive Honey Bees

Yesterday the ABC reported on a “monster hive” removal from the ceiling of a Queensland bathroom. We could tell you a few stories about removing monster beehives! The ABC QLD Country hour posted a great article yesterday. It followed apiarist Scott Whitaker and his encounter with what “could only be described as a monster”, “the…

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Western Australia has something special up its sleeve when it comes to medicinal honey.  Manuka honey has been in the news for years now, due to its wound care and other medicinal benefits. These benefits have been gaining even more traction the wake of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Crucially, as the ABC reports, there are no reported…

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About 1 million bees dead in NT after suspected deliberate poisoning incident, according to the ABC. You’ve really got to feel for beekeeper Sam Curtis. This September he lost about 1 million of his bees from his commercial apiary near Katherine in the Northern Territory. He also has had to dump the contents of the affected beehives,…

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Beekeeper Grower Farmer Relationships Pesticides Bees Beehives

David Mendes’ presentation at the 3rd Australian Beekeeping Congress addressed Beekeeper Liasion with Growers on Pesticides.    David Mendes is a retired commercial beekeeper and past president of the American Beekeeping Federation. From Florida, USA, he has been in the industry since 1977. Back in the US declining bee numbers are still hurting their beehives. The general consensus…

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Getting  a call out  before the nasty spray came out  from a resident gardener. The location was a busy car park hedge right in front of where the customers park for a retail store. The removal was a success and we were able to relocate to a more happy location for our bees. Thanks Brigitte…

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Are neonicotinoids slowing killing bees? Earlier this month the UK Government re-iterated its position on use of neonicotinoids. Research has shown that use of these pesticides may be bad for bee health. Going a step further than other EU countries, the UK has refused to grant exemptions to the ban. Meanwhile farmers argue that the use of neonicotinoids…

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