Nosema neumanni - a third species of Nosema found in Uganda

posted Nov 22, 2018, 2:25 PM by Helen Mooney   [ updated Nov 22, 2018, 2:59 PM ]

A third species of the microsporidian, Nosema recently discovered in Uganda, has been named Nosema neumanii.  For now, it appears to be limited to Apis mellifera in Uganda, but as is often the case with this kind of discovery, it may be the ever improving molecular techniques that has made it possible to distinguish this species from N. apis and N.ceranae- it could be more widespread than we think. We are still coming to terms with Nosema caranae, and it was officially (publication year) announced in 2006- that's 12 years now!  It just goes to show how rapidly diseases can appear and spread and how  beekeepers have to stay well informed and adapt to new regimes in terms of disease control.

Free Nosema Test for 2018 Beginners

posted Oct 24, 2018, 4:04 AM by Helen Mooney   [ updated Oct 24, 2018, 6:45 AM ]

As part of our 12 month mentoring of beginner beekeepers, we check your bees for Nosema for free in the Aurumn.  2018 beginners in the Ballina club have just been notified by e-mail with some simple instructions on how to take a sample of bees and how to store them until I receive them by post or in person.  

Please get in touch if you would like something similar on offer in your club.  This service in no way replaces the excellent free service offered by Mary Coffey in Teagasc HQ, Oakpark, but many beginners need that little bit of extra support and we are happy to offer it. 

New Book

posted May 4, 2018, 12:04 AM by Helen Mooney

This looks an interesting read, so I have ordered a copy. Here is part of the description provided: 

'...This book will help beekeepers understand the fundamentals of beekeeping science. Written in plain and accessible language by actual researchers, it should be part of every beekeeper’s library. The respective chapters not only present raw data; they also explain how to read and understand the most common figures. With topics ranging from honeybee nutrition to strains of Varroa resistant bees, from the effects of pesticide chemicals to understanding diseases, and including a discussion of venom allergies, the book provides essential “knowhow” that beekeepers will benefit from every time they inspect their hives. Further, each chapter ends with the author explaining how beekeepers can (or cannot) directly utilize the information to enhance their beekeeping operation....'

Training Áine in Donegal Bees on Brunel microscopes

posted Apr 29, 2018, 3:41 PM by Helen Mooney   [ updated Jun 5, 2018, 2:16 PM ]

Moy Valley Bees takes delivery of Brunel Eye-cam Plus

posted Apr 27, 2018, 3:52 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 27, 2018, 3:52 AM ]

We recently purchased a great new tool for our diagnostics lab - the Brunel Eye-cam Plus.   The Brunel Digital Eyecam Plus is a stand alone streaming camera that provides a continuous live image to a laptop or PC (Windows OS only from XP to 10). The Eyecam Plus has the added advantage of a fixed reduction lens. This provides a far greater field of view compared the the Eyecam being similar to that seen by the microscope eyepiece.  Find out more here.

Fumaglin-B discontinued

posted Apr 22, 2018, 3:09 AM by Tim Birdsall   [ updated Apr 27, 2018, 3:56 AM by Unknown user ]

The world suppier of Nosema medication Fumaglin-B is ceasing production of the drug.  Currently, Fumaglin-B is banned for use in the EU but is widely used in the US and Canada.  

HiveAlive is used throughout Europe for promoting intestinal well-being and increasing productivity in colonies. 

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