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give bees                                                                   BEE                                                                                                   Natural Beekeeping

                                                                                                                                                                                          By Ross Conrad. Natural Beekeeping
        a chance                                                   FRIENDLY                                                                                                               offers all the latest information in a book
                                                                                                                                                                                          that has already proven invaluable for
                                                                                                                                                                                          organic beekeepers. The new edition
                                                                    RESEARCH                                                                                                              offers new sections on a wide range of
                                                                                                                                                                                          subjects, including: the basics of bee bi-
                                                                                                                                                                                          ology and anatomy; urban beekeeping;

                                                                                                                                                                                          parasitic mite control and hive diseases. Ross Conrad
                                                                   Why do bees need our help?                                                                                             identifying and working with queens;
                                                                   In 2016, rates of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) among                                                                 brings together the best "do no harm" strategies for keep-
                                                                   honey bees increased 6% to affect nearly 45% of man-                                                                   ing honey bees healthy and productive with nontoxic meth-
                                                                   aged bee colonies nationwide. Some scientists estimate                                                                 ods of controlling mites; eliminating American foulbrood
                                                                   that all managed bee colonies could face devastation                                                                   disease without the use of antibiotics; selective breeding for
                                                                   by CCD within ten to twenty years. Although CCD is not                                                                 naturally resistant bees; and many other detailed manage-
                                                                   fully understood, it appears to be a destructive synergism                                                             ment techniques, which are covered in a thoughtful, matter-
                                                                   of multiple factors. Pathogen (bacterial & viral) infection                                                            of-fact way. 304 pages, softcover.
                                                                   harms bees already challenged by other stress factors:                                                                 BSNB                                     $ 34.95
                                                                   parasitic mites, pesticides, fungicides and glyphosate
                                                                   (GMO) exposure. These stressors of infection, parasitism,                                                              The Hive and the Honey Bee
                                                                   toxins, and immune deficits/depression may initiate CCD.                                                               In 1853, the Reverend L.L. Langstroth,
                                                                                                                                                                                          published the very first edition of The
                                                                   Helping to save the honey bee with mushrooms                                                                           Hive and the Honey bee, codifying the
                                                                   In 2014, Paul Stamets (mycologist, author and founder                                                                  art and science of beekeeping. Since
                                                                   of Fungi Perfecti), Steve Sheppard (chair of the Depart-                                                               then, the Dadant Publishing House has
                                                                   ment of Entomology, Washington State University) and the                                                               expanded and updated this essential
                                                                   Washington State Beekeepers Association teamed up in                                                                   tome, keeping it a mainstay of informa-
                                                                   a research initiative called BeeFriendly  to help reverse                                                              tion for professional and amateur api-
                                                                   devastating declines in the global bee population that are                                                             culturists alike. 1057 pages, hardcover,
                                                                   critically threatening the world’s food security.                                                                      with 660 photos and 151 drawings,
                                                                                                                                                                                          graphs & tables.
                                                                   Last year, approximately 700 sets of bees consumed                                                                     BSHHB                                    $ 53.95
                                                                   mushroom mycelium extracts via their feed water. The
                                                                   experiments were designed to measure how mushroom
                                                                   extract supplementation impacted viral burdens and
                                                                   longevity. Mushroom mycelium extracts, especially Reishi
                                                                   and Chaga, showed substantial benefits to honey bees,
                                                                   including extended longevity and reduction of their viral
                                                                   burden by more than 90%.

                                                                   Our research
                                                                   Sheppard says, “as an entomologist with 39 years of
                                                                   experience studying bees, I am unaware of any reports
                                                                   of materials that extend the life of worker bees more than   “We take bees from colonies with high Varroa mite
                                                                   this. Our research goal is to help solve Colony Collapse   levels and set up numerous test environments with
                                                                   Disorder, and the results look promising!”                   fungi. We’re finding that the fungi product is            "Give Bees a Chance" Poster
                                                                                                                              killing mites without harming bees. It’s certainly          Thousands have been spellbound by Paul Stamets'
                                                                   Dozens more experiments are underway including re-                 encouraging.” —Steve Sheppard                       presentation, "Mushrooms for Bees, Trees, People &
                                                                   search on whether certain species of mycopesticide fungi                                                               Planet," in which he describes the connections between
                                                                   can eliminate the parasitic Varroa destructor mites that                                                               mushrooms and the rest of the biosphere, and bees in
                                                                   decimate beehives around the world.                                                                                    particular. The primary focus of the talk is Paul's research
                                                                                                                                                                                          in collaboration with the Washington State University
                                                                   The experiments conducted to date have been made                                                                       Department of Entomology and the Washington State
                                                                   possible by the generous support of individuals,                                                                       Beekeeper's Association into the use of mushroom extracts
                                                                   companies, and private foundations. Continued financial                                                                to prolong the life of honey bees and protect against
                                                                   support of the WSU Honey Bee Research Laboratory                                                                       Colony Collapse Disorder. The centerpiece of his talk is
                                                                   makes this ground-breaking research possible. If you                                                                   a beautiful illustration by Northwest artist Jim Henterly
                                                                   would like to contribute to these efforts, donations to                                                                depicting the interdependence of all the inhabitants of the
                            “We are studying mycological solutions   WSU can be made online at                                                                 forest (which also graces the cover of this catalog). We
                                 to increase longevity, reduce mite   Many thanks to all who have contributed!                                                                            have reproduced this timeless image in a high-quality 36
                                   and viral burden, and improve                                                                                                                          x 20" poster on richly textured felt paper stock.
                            immunity of honey bees”—Paul Stamets                                                                                                                          GAPOB                                    $ 19.95

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