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American Foulbrood 2: Identification and Management

Identifying and managing American Foulbrood is essential to control it's spread. Last week on The Buzz we took at what...
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American Foulbrood 1: What is it and How is it Spread?

A dreaded brood disease, American Foulbrood can devastate a hive and is easily spread Brood diseases are numerous and nasty,...
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Chalkbrood Disease 2: Identification and Management

Chalkbrood is common in Australan beehives despite the good hygiene of Australian bees. How do you identify, treat and manage...
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Chalkbrood Disease 1: What is it and how is it spread?

Chalkbrood Disease in Australia Australian beehives are "succumbing to the deadly chalkbrood disease at a faster rate than their overseas...
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Honey Stores Part 2: How Climate and Colony Size Affects Hive Needs

Last week we provided a general guide on how much honey stores you should leave for winter. We always advise...
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Honey Stores Part 1: How Much do Bees Need for Winter in Australia?

Today on The Buzz, we take a closer look at the amount of honey stores you should leave in your...
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Preparing Your Honey Bee Hive for Over-Wintering in Australia

The essentials of preparing your honey bee colony for the over-wintering in Australia. Do bees hibernate in Australia? According to...
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All About Beehive Smokers and Honey Bees

Answers to common questions about using beehive smokers with honey bees. Why do beekeepers smoke bees? Beekeepers have always smoke...
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Beekeeping for Beginners: Where do You Get Training and Support?

Where can the beginner beekeeper get the skills training they need? Just getting started in beekeeping and don’t know where...
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All About Bee Bread: The Fermented Bee Food

What is Bee Bread? For anyone new to beekeeping, hearing that bees make 'bread' may conjure some amusing images. Can...
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Feeding Honey Bees Part 4: When Should I Feed My Bees?

How to know when to feed your honey bees pollen supplements or sugar syrup. Feeding honey bees sugar syrup and/or...
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Feeding Honey Bees 3: Pollen Supplements and Substitutes

A perfect bee pollen substitute that works for every colony doesn't yet exist. But there are pollen supplements and substitute...
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Update: Regional Forrest Agreement Rolled Over in WA, Honey Bee Industry Council Releases Statement Backing Agreements

As WA environmentalists are reeling over the rollover of the state's Regional Forrest Agreement, the Honey Bee Industry Council backs...
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Feeding Honey Bees 2: Bee Pollen for Feeding Honey Bees

What is Bee Pollen and Why Does it Matter? According to Fat and Skinny Bees - a manual on honey...
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Commercial Beekeeping: Andrew Morcom on Securing Apiary Sites and Working Bees on Australian Natives

Andrew Morcom of The Bee Saver and AC8 Apiaries chats about the hard work he puts in to secure commercial...
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Logging of Jarrah, Marri forests continues as Environmentalists fight WA RFA

The continued logging of natives like Jarrah and Marri in WA has environmentalists alarmed. And the trend could mean lost...
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Feeding Honey Bees Part 1: Getting Sweet with Sugar Syrup

While honey bees have mastered the art of producing and storing honey for their survival, supplementary feeding is practised by...
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Perth Mint Calls in a Beekeeper to Rescue Resident Beehive

After a decade long residence in a chimney at heritage listed The Perth Mint, a beehive has been re-homed by...
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After The Great Australian Bee Challenge

Stuart "Stu" Saxby reflects on the lessons he learned as a beginner beekeeper on The Great Australian Bee Challenge. Recently...
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Imagining a World Without Bees

With Chinese farmers hand pollinating apple and pear orchids and corporations designing 'robo-bees', are we really that close to a...
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Video: The Wonder of the Waggle Dance

A peek at the wondrous Waggle Dance, as narrated by the inimitable David Attenborough. If you were switched on the...
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Hive Management: The Best Beehive Locations

Ian is often asked about the best beehive locations. Well, there are a few factors to consider, especially if you're...
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Bee Friendly Solar Farms Part 2: US Solar Apiary Model Takes Off

In our last post, we looked at the practice of planting pollinator friendly plants, aka creating  “bee meadows,” on solar...
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Bee Friendly Solar Farms Part 1: From turf and gravel to bee meadows

Initiatives in the UK and USA are transforming solar farms into pollinator friendly bee meadows. An environmental conscience has inspired...
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Honey Bee Intelligence Part 2: Can Honey Bees Do Math?

RMIT researchers believe that their study shows honey bees can do basic math. Did these bees really perform addition and...
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Honey Bee Intelligence Part 1: The Research Buzz around Bee Brains.

Fascinating research into honey bee intelligence is capturing the imaginations of bee lovers. It’s no surprise to see that the...
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Dicamba: A New Weed Killer Disaster Unfolding in USA for Honey Bees

USA honey bees are facing yet another lethal threat from new "drift-prone" applications of weed killer Dicamba. Beekeepers have linked...
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PhD Candidate’s Honey Bee Research Breakthrough: What are Varroa Mites Really Feeding On?

A University of Maryland PhD candidate realised that a key assumption about Varroa Mite held for almost 50 years could...
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Your Holiday Beekeeping Checklist for the Summer

Going away over the summer? Here's a handy holiday beekeeping checklist to keep in mind. It's summer - and your...
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Why Australian Beeswax is the Bees Knees

Demand for Australian Beeswax has continued to surge. Many industries use beeswax to make a range of products. These includes...