Items of interest to beekeepers February 6 2017

Supplied by Fran Bach Editor of both WAS and Washington State Beekeepers newsletters



From the California State Beekeepers New Update –


In addition to other measures, please consider putting tracking devices in some of your beehives. If we catch thieves in the act, we can prosecute them and get them off the streets. There are many devices on the market that offer different features. One such product is Spot Trace ( Please research different products and send the CSBA feedback on your results!

The CSBA Facebook page ( has reports and pictures of stolen hives. Please alert them if you have spotted anything.



The CA Department of Pesticide Regulation has awarded Project Apis m. with its 2016 Integrated Pest Management Achievement Award. Congratulations!

“Many California groups, both private and public, are developing and using new ways to manage pests. These new approaches help reduce or avoid the risks associated with using some traditional chemical pesticides. Through the Integrated Pest Management Achievement Awards, the Department of Pesticide Regulation seeks to (1) encourage development and implementation of economically sound, reduced-risk pest management programs; and (2) recognize groups that provide integrated pest management leadership, education and outreach, or innovation.”


From Darla Embry of Winrock International via Dan Mayer, retired from the Washington /State Department of Agriculture –


Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. Winrock matches innovative approaches in agriculture, natural resources management, clean energy, and leadership development with the unique needs of its partners. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.

The Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program, funded globally by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), provides voluntary technical assistance to farmers, agribusinesses, and public and private education and extension providers in developing countries to promote sustainable improvements in the agricultural sector.

Since 1991, Winrock volunteers have completed more than 4,800 assignments in 58 countries, including West African countries of Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, and Senegal. These volunteers have contributed to increasing agricultural productivity and building capacity of hundreds of organizations, impacting more than 8 million people.

The F2F Program for Agriculture Education and Training (F2F for AET) leverages the expertise of skilled volunteers and partnerships with the private sector to increase agricultural sector productivity and profitability, and strengthen agricultural sector institutions in Guinea, Nigeria, and Senegal. F2F for AET will generate sustainable food security and economic growth by introducing new agricultural technologies and innovations, and developing local capacity for more productive, profitable, and sustainable agricultural systems.

Current open Apiculture Volunteer Assignments: Nigeria – Train-the-Trainers in Stimulating Queen Bee Rearing in Queenless Colony and Honey Production (NIG315)

For a full list of open volunteer assignments, please visit our websitehttp:// at and follow the link to our Volunteer Technical Assistance page.

Contact information: Darla Embry – (501) 280 – 3016


From Dr. Christina Grozinger and the POLLINTOR-L list –


1. Bee and Crop Pollination Research: Multiple Field Technicians Needed at the Isaacs Lab at Michigan State University

Employment period: May 1 – August 30, 2017, with potential for earlier start and later end dates, depending on project needs
Full time: 40 hours/week
Starting salary: $11.00/hour

We seek field and laboratory assistants for multiple research projects investigating the factors affecting the abundance and diversity of bees in Michigan fruit crops and mature wildflower restorations, as well as techniques to improve pollinator habitat in agricultural landscapes. Work with honey bees and alternative managed bees such as bumble bees or *Osmia* bees is also possible.

Required Qualifications: Interest in field research in entomology, botany, conservation biology, field ecology; Valid U.S. driver’s license; Ability to work outside for long periods of time in a variety of weather conditions; Attention to detail and protocols; Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

To apply: Send a cover letter and CV describing relevant and previous research experience in field ecology, why you want to work in the lab, primary interests, and potential start date. Include the names and email addresses of three references. Send as one PDF to Julia Brokaw ( by February 24, 2017 with ‘Bee Field Technician’ in the subject line.

2. Postdoctoral Research Assistant – Tracking System Development for Understanding Pollinator Movement in Agricultural Landscapes, Department of Plant Sciences, Oxford University, England

Grade 7: £31,076 – £38,183 p.a.

The Department of Plant Sciences is seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Assistant. This is a full-time post, funded by the John Oldacre Foundation for 8 months, working under the direction of Dr Tonya Lander and the work is to be conducted in her lab in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3RB.

The postholder will be responsible for completing the development of, and field testing, two new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)-based insect tracking systems, one based on harmonic radar tracking and the other based on visual tracking. Significant work has already been completed, and equipment and modelling programs are in place, so it is expected that it will be possible to deliver working systems within the time available.

The postholder should have, or be expected to obtain, a PhD or equivalent and publication record in a relevant area (engineering). Significant experience in radio frequency (RF) systems design and testing. Experience in design in Comsol Multiphysics and/or CST. High motivation with intellectual curiosity and rigour. Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to present research at national and international symposia. Also, experience in microcontroller programming. Interest in agroecology. Experience in UAV piloting.

Excellent benefits include 38 days’ leave.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Lander at:

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Thursday 16 March 2017.
Contact Person: Recruitment Administrator
Contact Phone: 01865 275000

3. A highly motivated postdoctoral research fellow is sought for a collaborative project to study the signals that elicit hygienic behavior of honey bees towards brood to combat Varroa mites. This natural defense against the most detrimental parasite is critical for improving honey bee health and ensuring the sustainability of apiculture and its pollination services. The primary location for this project will be the Rueppell lab at UNCG.

To learn more or to apply for this position please visit the UNCGjobsearch website at and review position #999099.

4. Xerces Society Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner job openings –

We have several new partner biologist positions across the country (Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Maine, and California). Visit



1. Three Great Studies, All Here –

Pitching in: USU biologists study development of division of labor among bees
Sweat bees on hot chillies: Native bees thrive in traditional farming, securing good yield
Sugar gives bees a happy buzz, study finds

CATCH THE BUZZ – Three Great Studies, All Here

2. What’s Next for PLOS? A conversation with outgoing Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Marincola. And, Who Says It’s FDA Approved? Plus, FDA Approved – Who Says?

In October, PLOS announced that Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Marincola will be leaving the nonprofit at the end of this year. The Scientist recently spoke with Marincola about the future of open-access publishing and what we can expect from PLOS following her departure.

The Scientist: You’ve led PLOS for more than three years now. What are some of the highlights of your time with the organization?

Elizabeth Marincola: We have continued to serve our mission, probably most notably in launching a publishing platform we designed and built from the ground up, called Aperta. And it’s meant to be able to substitute for the commercial platforms available that are generally found to be quite unsatisfying, un-user-friendly. So we are very proud of that, and we already have many publishers who are eager to get their hands on it.

In addition, we have rolled out an open-data policy that we feel really has led the way in terms of demanding that all relevant published research be made available. And we require ORCID IDs in order to facilitate credit for all research that is published. Those are just a few of the advances we’ve made in the three-and-a-half years I’ve been at PLOS, and I’m really proud of our whole team.

CATCH THE BUZZ – What’s Next for PLOS? A conversation with outgoing Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Marincola. And, Who Says It’s FDA Approved? Plus, FDA Approved – Who Says?

3. Corn Growers Help Honey Bees –

A new honey bee testing service announced this week will allow beekeepers to more effectively identify and address diseases plaguing bee colonies, according to the National Agricultural Genotyping Center (NAGC).

NAGC conducted the research and developed the testing panel with the support of the National Corn Growers Association and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. The testing service called “Bee Care” will launch in February 2017.

“It’s the first time we have a panel of the most common honey bee diseases in North America all in one test,” said Pete Snyder, president and CEO of the NAGC. “So we can diagnose problems, get results in 30 days and allow beekeepers to pursue the right treatment.”


4. Horticultural Research Institute releases best management practices for bee health

Best management practices (BMPs) are intended to inform the horticulture industry about how to minimize negative impacts on the environment.

The Horticultural Research Institute, the research foundation of AmericanHort, is pleased to announce the release of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Bee Health in the Horticultural Industry.

BMPs are intended to inform horticultural professionals about the green industry’s impact on bee health. Through the use of BMP guidelines, horticulture can continue to play an important role in pollinator health.

In 2015, the Horticultural Research Institute recognized the need for sound research to develop best production and management practices, educate, and empower the green industry. HRI, in collaboration with AmericanHort, continues to directly fund and leverage research to refine science-based guidance on horticultural practices and protecting bee and pollinator health. As part of the broad-based Horticulture Industry Bee & Pollinator Stewardship Initiative that includes industry and consumer outreach and the establishment of industry best practices, HRI has directly funded four important research projects, launched the Grow Wise, Bee Smart website, and joined the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge campaign.

CATCH THE BUZZ – Horticultural Research Institute releases best management practices for bee health

5. Precision spray pollination would negate problems such as not having enough honey bees, distribution of pollen-borne viruses and insufficient pollen distribution –

Spray pollination may someday replace bees in orchards, withholding irrigation before cherry harvest doesn’t do much and adding hand pruning to mechanical pruning every other year boosts yields.

That’s what Matthew Whiting, Washington State University plant physiologist, told growers at the North Central Washington Stone Fruit Day in Wenatchee on Jan. 17.

Precision spray pollination would negate problems such as not having enough honeybees, distribution of pollen-borne viruses and insufficient pollen distribution, Whiting said.

CATCH THE BUZZ – Precision spray pollination would negate problems such as not having enough honey bees, distribution of pollen-borne viruses and insufficient pollen distribution

6. EPA Finds Pesticides Could Harm Endangered Species. Finally.

An environmental advocacy group called for “commonsense measures” to protect wildlife from three pesticides after a federal analysis found that they were likely to harm the country’s endangered species.

The Center for Biological Diversity said Wednesday that the final results of a study from the Environmental Protection Agency showed that 97 percent of plants and animals on the Endangered Species List would be hurt by chlorpyrifos and malathion, while 78 percent would be affected by diazinon.

The group said that all three are common organophosphate insecticides. Chlorpyrifos, in particular, drew concern from advocacy groups in recent years after it was linked to illnesses among farm workers and neuro-developmental problems in children.

CATCH THE BUZZ – EPA Finds Pesticides Could Harm Endangered Species. Finally.

7. New Zealand’s ‘manuka honey season that wasn’t’, but TRUE Manuka Finally identified –

Poor manuka nectar flow this season is expected to result in a 70 to 80 percent drop in manuka honey production — not just in the East Coast region but across the country.

“Indications so far are there will be a considerable drop in supply,” says Ben Stewart, manager of Gisborne’s First Light Honey processing and packing plant. “The yields are way down. With this industry there is a lot of long-term storage of manuka honey, though. Storage improves manuka honey’s UMF (unique manuka factor) over time.” Manuka honey is generally stored, not as a contingency in the event of a low-yield season, but to optimise the product’s potential, says Mr Stewart.

CATCH THE BUZZ – New Zealand’s ‘manuka honey season that wasn’t’, but TRUE Manuka Finally identified.