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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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