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How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides

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Regional Associations

 

Regional Representatives

 

 

There are many excellent resources of information on honey bees. The materials listed are in addition to regional research information provided on this site and are given a start for exploring that very large (and growing) body of work.

 

Beekeeper Associations


American Beekeeping Federation: http://www.abfnet.org

 

California State Beekeepers Association: http://www.californiastatebeekeepers.com

 

Eastern Apicultural Society: http://www.easternapiculture.org

 

Honey Producers: http://www.americanhoneyproducers.org

 

Idaho State Beekeepers Association: http://www.idabees.org

 

National Honey Board: http://www.nhb.org, http://www.honey.com


Washington State Beekeepers Association: http://www.wasba.org

 

Western Apicultural Society: http://ucanr.edu/sites/was2

 

True Source Honey: http://www.truesourcehoney.com


 

Organizations and Programs


Bee Informed Partnership: http://beeinformed.org

 

Cooperative Extension System and many Local Institutions:
http://www.extension.org/bee_health

 

The University of Florida Honey Bee Research & Extension Lab: http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/honeybee/extension/index.shtml

 

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Managed Pollinator Coordinated Agricultural Project: http://www.beeccdcap.uga.edu

 

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Honey Bee Program: http://www.ent.uga.edu/bees/beekeeping.html

 

International Bee Research Association: http://www.ibra.org.uk

 

Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium: https://agdev.anr.udel.edu/maarec

 

National Pesticide Information Center: http://npic.orst.edu

 

North Carolina State University Apiculture Program: http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/entomology/apiculture

 

Oregon Master Beekeeper Program: http://www.oregonmasterbeekeeper.org

 

Oregon State University Honey Bee Lab: http://honeybeelab.oregonstate.edu

 

Pollinator Partnership—North American Pollinator Protection Campaign:
http://www.pollinator.org

 

Scientific Beekeeping—Beekeeping Through a Biologist’s Eyes (Randy Oliver):
http://www.scientificbeekeeping.com


Washington Master Beekeeper Program
http://wasba.org/master-beekeepers-program/

 

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation http://www.xerces.org

 

 

Research Labs


Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility
http://beebiology.ucdavis.edu/

 

Oregon State University Honey Bee Lab

http://honeybeelab.oregonstate.edu/


Washington State University Apis Molecular Systematics Laboratory

http://entomology.wsu.edu/apis/


The USDA-ARS (http://www.ars.usda.gov/main/main.htm) sponsors five bee research labs (though the one in Texas will be closing soon), each with own website:

 

Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics, and Physiology Research at Baton Rouge, Louisiana: http://www.ars.usda.gov/main/site_main.htm?modecode=64-13-30-00

 

Beltsville Agricultural Research Center at Beltsville, Maryland: http://ars.usda.gov/main/site_main.htm?modecode=12-45-00-00

 

Pollinating Insects - Biology, Management and Systematics Research Unit at Logan, Utah: http://www.ars.usda.gov/main/docs.htm?docid=5609

 

Carl Hayden Bee Research Center at Tucson, Arizona: http://ars.usda.gov/main/site_main.htm?modecode=53-42-03-00

 

Kika de la Garza Subtropical Agricultural Research Center at Weslaco, Texas: http://ars.usda.gov/main/site_main.htm?modecode=62-04-00-00

 


Beekeeping Journals and Newsletters


American Bee Journal: http://www.americanbeejournal.com

 

Apis Newsletter: http://apis.shorturl.com

 

Bee Culture: http://www.beeculture.com

 

from the UC Apiaries: http://entomology.ucdavis.edu/Faculty/Eric_C_Mussen/Apiculture_Newsletter

 

Journal of Apicultural Research: http://www.ibra.org.uk/categories/jar

 

Journal of Apicultural Science: http://www.jas.org.pl

 


Books and Other Publications


Note: Suggestions for places to search for materials listed with limited availability include, but are not limited to: Bee Culture, Dadant & Sons, GloryBee Foods, Ruhl Bee Supply, and Wicwas Press. Additional sites are noted in the individual listings for some of the less easily found resources. Libraries also provide a good source of materials, especially for those listed with very limited availability. Most of the annotations to materials are as provided by Ann Harman and Dewey Caron.

 


Anatomy


Dade, H.A. 2009. Anatomy and Dissection of the Honeybee. International Bee Research Association. (Limited availability. See also: International Bee Research Association.) A book in two parts: One-half anatomy and one-half detailed dissection instructions.

 


Basic Beekeeping


Blackiston, H. 2009. Beekeeping for Dummies (second edition). For Dummies.

 

Connor, L.J. 2009. Queen Rearing Essentials. Wicwas Press. How to increase with nucs. divides, etc.

 

Flottum, Kim. 2010. The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden (revised and updated). Quarry Books. A book for beginning beekeepers.

 

Gary, Norman. 2010. Honey Bee Hobbyist: The Care and Keeping of Bees. Hobby Farm Press. (Kindle edition, 2011.)

 

Rose, J.R. 2010. Beekeeping in Coastal California. The California Bee Company. (Limited availability. See: California Bee Company.) Information relevant to beekeeping on coastal Oregon.

 

Sanford, M.T. and R.E. Bonney. 2010. Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees: Honey Production, Pollination, Bee Health. Storey Publishing, LLC. Guide book with up-to-date information.

 


Bee Biology and Beekeeping


Caron, D.M. and L. Connor. 2013. Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping (revised edition). Wicwas Press. (Earlier edition also okay.) Most up-to-date and comprehensive biology and beekeeping together.

 

Conrad, R. 2013 (second edition). Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture. Chelsea Green Publishing.

 

Mattingly, R.L. 2012. Honey-Maker: How the Honey Bee Worker Does What She Does. Beargrass Press. (Limited availability. See also: Beargrass Press.) Excellent combination of anatomy and function—bees as bees really are.

 

Sammataro, D. and A. Avitabile. 2011. The Beekeeper’s Handbook (fourth edition). Comstock Publishing Associates. A well-illustrated book, very useful for beginning beekeepers; third edition okay, but less on mites.

 

Seeley, T.D. 2010. Honeybee Democracy. Princeton University Press. Great coverage of how social honey bees function as superorganisms.

 

Starr, G. 1997. The Honey Factory. Gordon Starr. (Limited availability. Contact: janeoku1958@gmail.com.) Searchable CD, designed to cover beekeeping from winter work building equipment right on through the year, step by step each month/season.

 

Winston, M.L. 1991. The Biology of the Honey Bee. Harvard University Press. Excellent book, a classic but still relevant.

 


Beeswax


Coggshall, W.L. and R.A. Morse. 1984. Beeswax: Production, Harvesting, Processing and Products. Wicwas Press. Best resource available.

 


Dance Language


von Frisch, K. 1967. The Dance Language and Orientation of Bees. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. (Very limited availability.)

 

von Frisch, K. 1973. Decoding the Language of the Bee. Nobel Lecture. December 12, 1973: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1973/frisch-lecture.pdf

 

 

Diseases and Pests


Frazier, M. 2005. A Field Guide to Honey Bees and their Maladies. Penn State Extension. (Limited availability. See also (with pdf available for limited personal use): http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/PubTitle.asp?varTitle=field+guide+to+honey+bees&Submit=Go
Excellent field guide with great illustrative pictures.

 

Because of rapidly increasing research findings into diseases and pests of honey bees, the following books cannot be considered current. Little on viruses or CCD/PMS.

 

Morse, R. and K. Flottum. 1998. Honey Bee Pests, Predators and Diseases. Wicwas Press. (Limited availability.)

 

Shimanuki, H., and D.A. Knox. 2000. Diagnosis of Honey Bee Diseases. USDA ARS Agriculture Handbook 690: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/np/honeybeediseases/honeybeediseases.pdf

Great handbook loaded with useful information, including lab confirmation of disease.

 

Webster, T. and K. Delaplane. Eds. 2001. Mites of the Honey Bee. Dadant & Sons. Rapidly getting dated, but still good basics.

 


General


Carson, R. 2002. Silent Spring. Houghton Mifflin Company. (Anniversary edition; other editions also available.) Must be read—at least once—still relevant information about dangers of pesticides.

 

Longgood, W. 1998. The Queen Must Die: And Other Affairs of Bees and Men. W.W. Norton & Company.

 

Miller, C.C. 1911. Fifty Years Among the Bees. The A.I. Root Company. (Numerous print versions available): http://www.soilandhealth.org/03sov/0302hsted/030208miller/030408miller.pdf

 

Morse, R.A. 1983. A Year in the Beeyard: An Expert's Month-by-Month Instructions for Successful Beekeeping. Scribner. (Very limited availability.) One of the very best annual beekeeping year’s discussions.

 


Honey


Bishop, H. 2006. Robbing the Bees: A Biography of Honey—The Sweet Liquid Gold that Seduced the World. Atria Books.

 

Flottum, Kim. 2009. The Backyard Beekeeper’s Honey Handbook: A Guide to Creating, Harvesting, and Cooking with Natural Honeys. Quarry Books. Comprehensive information about honey.

 

Killion, E.E. 1989. Honey in the Comb. Dadant & Sons. (Limited availability.) The art of producing excellent comb honey—a classic, but still useful.

 


Plants


Burgett, D.M., B.A. Stringer, and L.D. Johnston. 1989. Nectar and Pollen Plants of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Honeystone Press. (Limited availability.) Best regional guide.

 

Lovell, J.H. 1926. Honey Plants of North America. A.I. Root Company. Medina, Ohio. (Limited availability.)

 

Aston, D. and S. Bucknall. 2010. Plants and Honey Bees: Their Relationships. Non Basic Stock Line. (Other editions available, also.) A highly recommended and comprehensive book detailing flowers and their relationships with honey bees.

 


Pollination


Jahns, T.R., D.M. Burgett, and G.D. Jolliff. April 1997. Pollination and Seed Set in Meadowfoam. EM 8666: http://hdl.handle.net/1957/20038

Good basic information on this crop and how to determine pollination requirements.

 

Mader, E., M. Spivak, and E. Evans. 2010. Managing Alternative Pollinators: A Handbook for Beekeepers, Growers and Conservationists. SARE Handbook 11. Natural Resource, Agriculture and Engineering Service. Link to pdf for limited personal use:
http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Books/Managing-Alternative-Pollinators

Comprehensive coverage of all pollinators, but little on honey bees.

 

McGregor, S.E. 1976. Insect Pollination of Cultivated Crop Plants: The First and Only Virtual Beekeeping Book Updated Contin[u]ously. Additions listed by crop and date:
http://free-doc-lib.com/book/gears-insect-pollination-of-cultivated-crop-plants-ars-home.pdf

 

Pendergrass, K., M. Vaughan, and J. Williams. 2008. Plants for Pollinators in Oregon. USDA NRCS Technical Note, Plant Materials No. 13:
http://plants.usda.gov/pollinators/Plants_for_Pollinators_in_Oregon_PM%2013.pdf

Coverage of all the basics—mainly non-honey bees.

 

Sagili, R.R. and D.M. Burgett. January 2011. Evaluating Honey Bee Colonies for Pollination: A Guide for Commercial Growers and Beekeepers. PNW 623:
http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/19777/pnw623.pdf
Practical basic information on colony rental, contracts and how to evaluate colonies.

 

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. 2005. Native Pollinators. Fish and Wildlife Habitat Management Leaflet Number 34:
http://plants.usda.gov/pollinators/Native_Pollinators.pdf

 

Vaughan, M., M. Shepherd, C. Kremen, and S.H. Black. 2004. Farming for Bees: Guidelines for Providing Native Bee Habitat on Farms. The Xerces Society:
http://www.xerces.org/guidelines-farming-for-bees/

 

 

Queens


Connor, L.J. 2008. Bee Sex Essentials. Wicwas Press. Discusses queens, drones, mating, and some genetics.

 

Connor, L.J. 2009. Queen Rearing Essentials. Wicwas Press. A companion book to Bee Sex Essentials. Covers grafting and the steps to raising queens.

 

Morse, R. 1993. Rearing Queen Honey Bees (second edition). Wicwas Press. Excellent coverage of basics of queen rearing.

 

Spivak, M. and G. Reuter. 1994. Successful Queen Rearing Manual. Minnesota University Press. (Limited availability.) Good description of the Doolittle method.

 


Pesticides


Riedl, H., E. Johansen, L. Brewer, and J. Barbour. How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides. A Pacific Northwest Extension Publication: http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/42829/PNW%20591.pdf
Soon to be revised—the “bible” of everything about bees and pesticides.

 

Mader, E., M. Spivak, and E. Evans. 2010. Managing Alternative Pollinators: A Handbook for Beekeepers, Growers and Conservationists. SARE Handbook 11. Natural Resource, Agriculture and Engineering Service. Also available for limited personal use:
http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Books/Managing-Alternative-Pollinators
Comprehensive coverage of all pollinators, but little on honey bees.

 


References


Grout, R.A. 1992. The Hive and the Honey Bee (revised edition). Dadant & Sons.

Root, A.I. (and others). The ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture (forty-first edition). 2007. A.I. Root Company.

 


Collections/Databases


The Hive and the Honey Bee: Selections from the E.F. Phillips Beekeeping Collection at Mann Library: http://bees.library.cornell.edu

 

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Plants Database: http://plants.usda.gov/java

 

 

Listserv/Blogs


BEE-L Community ListServ Home Page: http://community.lsoft.com/scripts/wa-LSOFTDONATIONS.exe?A0=bee-l

 

Beesource Online Community: http://www.beesource.com

 

Honey Bee Suite—A Better Way to Bee: http://www.honeybeesuite.com

 


Regulations


State of Oregon

Oregon Bulletin, March 1, 2012. Department of Agriculture, Chapter 603
603-051-0366 Standard of Identity for honey, 603-051-0370 Types and styles of honey, 603-051-0375 Grades, 603-051-0390 Color, 603-051-0395 Labeling Requirements:
http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/rules/bulletin/0312_bulletin/0312_ch603_bulletin.html

 

Oregon Laws—Farm direct marketing rules: http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/616.686(See also: HB2336 Oregon Farm Direct, reprinted from: The Bee Line, January–February 2012)

 

Oregon Laws—Regulatory exemption for sales location and farm direct marketer of certain agricultural products: http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/616.683

 

Oregon Revised Statutes (2011 Edition), Chapter 602 Bees: http://www.leg.state.or.us/ors/602.html

 

 

County in Oregon

Multnomah County: http://web.multco.us/health/animal-codes

(Print versions for download: Multnomah County Animal Codes, Specified Animal Permit Application, and Petition for Bees.)

 

 

City in Oregon

Portland: Raising Backyard Animals and Bees in Portland

 

SWARM COLLECTION

See a contact list by location of beekeepers who collect swarms of honeybees.

POLLINATION SERVICES

See a contact list of beekeepers who provide pollination services.

FARM DIRECT MARKETING RULES

Download the Farm Direct Rules PDF document.

BECOME A MEMBER

Download the OSBA Membership form.

HIVE REGISTRATION

Download the Oregon Dept of Agriculture Hive Registration form.

ENDOWMENT AGREEMENT

View or download the Endowment Agreement with Oregon State University.

DONATE TO THE ENDOWMENT

View instructions for donating to the OSU Endowment for the Northwest Apiculture Fund for Honey Bee Research, Extension and Education.

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