The latest entry of the Portland Press Herald blog, “The Root: Dispatches from Maine’s food sources,” previewed a two-night honeybee disease and pest management workshop at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s office in Falmouth on November 5 and 12, 2013. Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes will teach the workshop.
A Scientific American article titled “The mind-boggling math of migratory beekeeping” cites research conducted by Frank Drummond, a University of Maine entomologist and blueberry pollination expert, and his colleagues. Drummond’s research, which was conducted among flowering blueberry bushes, determined a honey bee forages for four hours and visits an average of 1,200 flowers a day.
A Maine Public Broadcasting Network report on declining honeybee populations across the country included comments from Frank Drummond, University of Maine Professor of Insect Ecology and Entomology in the School of Biology and Ecology and a UMaine Cooperative Extension professor and bee specialist.
Jim Dill, University of Maine Cooperative Extension pest management specialist, discussed expectations for honeybees this year, in view of the light winter, with Channel 7 (WVII). Dill says elevated mite populations could cause a decline in this year’s bee populations, but hives are healthy at this point.