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Research Project: Managing Honey Bees Against Disease and Colony Stress

Location: Bee Research Laboratory

Title: Found in Translation: News from the management

item Evans, Jay

Submitted to: Bee Culture
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/2/2021
Publication Date: 6/15/2021
Citation: Evans, J.D. 2021. Found in Translation: News from the management. Bee Culture. 6:32-33.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: It is Pollinator Week and beekeepers in the Northern Hemisphere are happily watching their colonies in one of the most productive and healthy times of the year. Life is Good! To help keep it that way, numerous research groups have developed research-based criteria for Best Management Practices (BMPs) for honey bee health and productivity. The below studies used either side-by-side trials with different management practices, beekeeper surveys, or meta-analyses of hundreds of individual studies to come up with lists of key BMPs. It is fascinating to see the commonalities as well as the times when some practices are favored by one analysis and disfavored by others. In the end, conventional knowledge holds up well, i.e., mites must be addressed and hive monitoring for size, food stores, and incipient disease are all important. But, for those of us with mortal needs and distractions, or a large number of colonies, it is helpful to rank which practices are most important.