Author: simonwilks

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CABK Autumn Conference Bursary Scheme

The Central Association of Bee-Keepers (CABK) invites applications from young beekeepers to participate in the CABK Autumn Conference; all lectures, accommodation and meals inclusive. The Conference will be held at the Woodside Hotel in...

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Viral Manipulation

It’s known that some infectious diseases alter the behaviour of their victims.  One example is Toxoplasma gondii which can infect many mammals, but reproduces predominantly inside cats.  When T. gondii reproduces, it produces oocysts...

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Small Thieves.

Insect pollination is a trade-off. An insect in search of nectar will seek it in the flowers of insect-pollinated plant. At each visit, the insect’s typically furry body will pick up some pollen grains...

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Insulation vs Ventilation?

The long-running debate among beekeepers about whether insulation or ventilation is a more important consideration when preparing hives for winter may be nearing an end, judging by this pre-print [1] Those in favour of...

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BeeConnected

A new web-based initiative between the BBKA, the National Farmers Union & the Crop Protection Association to enable beekeepers to be alerted of crop spraying activities in their area. It’s currently in the pilot stage...