Many beehive viruses introduced by varroa, researcher says


Many of the viruses now being discovered in beehives are introduced by the varroa destructor, according to Philip Moore, a bee researcher at the University of Tennessee. Moore spoke to the November meeting of the Blount County Beekeepers Association on Nov. 10 on emerging trends in honeybee health. The picture he painted is not a prettyContinue reading “Many beehive viruses introduced by varroa, researcher says”

Overwintering, bee health on the agenda for Nov. BCBA meeting


The November meeting of the Blount County Beekeepers Association will feature the topics of overwintering bees and bee health. We’ll be hearing presentations from University of Tennessee researchers Michael Wilson, who will discuss proper overwintering practices for beekeepers, and Phillip Moore, who will talk about how to protect the health of your bees. John McDadeContinue reading “Overwintering, bee health on the agenda for Nov. BCBA meeting”

BCBA members show off bees during Blount Farm Tour


More than 850 Blount County students and teachers saw first-hand what beekeeping is like during the Blount Farm Tour earlier this month. That exposure to bees came through the efforts of Blount County Beekeepers Association members Harlen Breeden, Pat Breeden, Darlene Parton and Charlie Parton. They were helped by UT grad student Heather Lowry, whoContinue reading “BCBA members show off bees during Blount Farm Tour”

Tennessee Beekeepers Association conference set for Oct. in Cookeville


The Tennessee Beekeepers Association fall conference will be Friday Oct. 10 and Saturday Oct. 11, 2014 in Cookeville, Tenn. Dr. Thomas Webster, assistant professor at Kentucky State University and one of the founders of the Heartland Apiculture Society (HAS), will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers include Harris Overholt and Kent Williams of Kentucky; Tennesseans: State Apiarist Mike Studer,Continue reading “Tennessee Beekeepers Association conference set for Oct. in Cookeville”

From The Hill: UT’s John Skinner writes about efforts to study cranberries and their pollinators


University of Tennessee State Apiculturist John Skinner has recently been part of a research project to find out more about the pollination of cranberries and other berries in the eastern United States. Below is his report, which was originally published in The Hive Tool, the newsletter of the Tennessee Beekeepers Association. The Amazing Cranberry –Bogs,Continue reading “From The Hill: UT’s John Skinner writes about efforts to study cranberries and their pollinators”