In the News

New Research on Varroa  Destructor Feeding Habits

University of Maryland alumnus Dr. Samuel Ramsey has discovered that the varroa mite does not feed on bee blood as previously thought but instead on fat bodies, which help control the bee's immune system, eliminate bodily toxins and  many other important functions.  Read the entire article at

(Mighty Earth ( is a global campaign organization that works to protect tropical forests, oceans and the climate.  As beekeepers, we are aware of the wild swings in our local climate in recent years and the effects that is having on our bees.  That, and the increased use of agricultural chemicals as production of biofuels has increased in Iowa, prompted me to publish this notice for informational purposes.  ECIBA has  no association with Mighty Earth nor endorses their policies or actions.  JD)


New Study About Effects of Neonicotinoids on Bees
(November 2018)

A study published in the journal Science talks about the effects on bees.  From 


Healthy Hives 2020

Read about collaborative efforts between academics and industry to help solve problems we face in keeping bees alive and healthy.  Check out the Healthy Hives 2020 initiative to find out about some of the research being currently undertaken.  


Randy Oliver Article on Using Oxalic Acid Soaked Shop 

Towels to Treat Mites.

Here is an interesting article comparing several methods of mite treatments, including a novel use of soaking paper shop towels and placing  them on top of the frames to provide a slow-release oxalic acid treatment.  Read the article here:

Attention all Beekeepers Who Treat 

with Anti-biotics:  New FDA 


For information regarding the  changes, which occurred Jan. 1, 2017, please go to the following site.


NAGC Launches “BeeCare”, Testing for Honeybee DiseasesBulk Discounts Offered to Benefit Local Beekeeper Groups

Fargo, ND; January 25, 2017 – The National Agricultural Genotyping Center (NAGC) will launch “BeeCare” testing service for honeybee diseases in February 2017. A total of nine viral and two bacterial diseases will be covered in the BeeCare test panel, which includes all currently known major honeybee diseases found in North America.

NAGC is offering a discount to beekeeper clubs and associations for bulk shipments of 100 or more samples. Regular BeeCare pricing is $20 for any one viral or bacterial disease test, and $75 for the panel of all eleven diseases. But bulk shipments of 100 or more samples will cost only $50 each sample for the full disease panel. Beekeeper groups can pass the savings onto its members, or take the difference in pricing to help offset the group’s operating expenses.

The BeeCare disease panel has been validated through test samples from Central North Dakota and Eastern Missouri. It includes testing for:

  • Acute Bee Paralysis Virus
  • Black Queen Cell Virus
  • Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus
  • Deformed Wing Virus
  • Israeli Acute Bee Paralysis Virus
  • Kashmir Bee Virus
  • Lake Sinai Virus #1
  • Lake Sinai Virus #2
  • Slow Bee Paralysis Virus
  • American Foulbrood Bacteria
  • European Foulbrood Bacteria

Sampling Protocol

BeeCare tests need a minimum of 50 bees per sample. Dry bees (no alcohol) should be packaged in a "breathable" bag with information about the bees (who sent them, what location) written on the outside. A preferred method is to package them in a brown paper lunch-size bag, and then double bag them with the contact information written on the second bag.

Each bulk shipment of 100 samples or more should be sent by the beekeeper group with a submission form, payment and a spreadsheet that identifies the source of each sample: name, address and contact information for each beekeeper; and identification of the hive being tested. A submission form can be found on the NAGC’s website:

About NAGC
NAGC is a not-for-profit corporation that uses state-of-the-art technologies to help farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers find solutions to production challenges. NAGC is headquartered at the Helix Center in suburban St. Louis, with its laboratory facilities in Fargo, ND. Honeybee research and assay development was undertaken with the financial assistance of the National Corn Growers Association and of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.

For more information or a submission form,  contact: Megan Palmer O’Neil, Laboratory Manager, NAGC, 1605 Albrecht Blvd North, Fargo, ND., 701-23

Dear Beekeeper,

Warm up your keyboard, grab a cup of coffee and take the Bee Informed Partnership National Colony Loss and Management Surveys! You can find them by following this link:

We need you! We know it is one of the busiest times of the year for beekeepers and we thank you for taking valuable time from your colonies to participate in the National Colony Loss and Management Surveys. The surveys are now live and will close on April 30th!

The Colony Loss Survey has evolved from our winter loss survey conducted 11 years ago. Now we monitor summer losses as well. The National Management Survey is conducted annually in conjunction with the Colony Loss Survey. The two surveys are aimed at looking for relationships between colony losses and colony management (including disease treatment strategies, supplemental feeding, etc.) and/or other factors that may influence colony health (such as colony location, honey production, and forage type). Please share this survey information with your beekeeper friends and clubs!
We are excited to share our dynamic state map located at where you can view state losses from all years of the survey.   At that site, you will see annual, winter and summer losses as well as the number of participants and colony numbers for your state. Dynamic management reports that have resulted from previous years’ surveys can now be found at This exciting data management explorer lets you see what actionable practices are correlated with improving survivorship!

We need your responses! Some of you may be contacted independently by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the USDA to participate in their first quarterly colony loss survey. We encourage all beekeepers contacted by NASS to answer BOTH BIP and NASS surveys.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at  

Once again, thank you for your participation,
The Bee Informed Partnership

The Fine Print (read quickly and with a serious voice):
Please do not complete the survey more than once. Information about past Loss and National Management Surveys and the annual reports can be found online at

Again, your participation in this research is voluntary and your responses will be kept confidential. In any publication or presentation resulting from this research, no personally identifiable information will be disclosed.


Beekeeping Survey from  Liverpool John Moores University

We are a group of researchers at Liverpool John Moores University (Dr O’Brien, Dr Kok and myself), in Liverpool, United Kingdom, investigating contemporary issues related to beekeeping, including its socioeconomic contribution, potential, and the challenges faced in this activity.

We would like to write about these issues, disseminate knowledge, and raise awareness about your industry.

We would appreciate very much if you could help us by

a) Completing the following online survey in case you are a beekeeper, and

b) Disseminating the same link among your Association and Club members:

This short survey (15 questions) is designed for both hobby and professional beekeepers. Please note that the information collected is anonymous and will not identify you or your beekeeping operation/firm/association/club in any way.

Your extended comments are particularly appreciated, as they will help enrich the overall quality of the study.

In case we receive a sufficient number of responses, we plan to write a summary of the results. In case you are interested, please do leave your email details at the end of the survey to receive a copy.

Please allow us to send you a couple of reminders in the next few weeks.

Thank you very much indeed for participating and for assisting us. Just to give you a short idea of publications, I have a few listed on Google Scholar:

Should you need any further information, or should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me at the contact addresses and numbers below.

Best wishes,


Dr. Abel D. Alonso
Senior Lecturer
Liverpool Business School
Redmonds Building, No. 317
Liverpool John Moores University
Telephone: 0151-231-4755

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