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March 13, 2008 Welcome to the second edition of the Project Apis m. Newsletter.

What is Project Apis m? A non-profit organization founded in December 2006, Project Apis m is focused on finding practical solutions to beekeepers' challenges by supporting practical, results-oriented in-field research. PAm brings together representatives of the American Honey Producers Association (APHA), the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF), the National Honey Board (NHB), California State Beekeepers Association (CSBA), and California almond farmers. PAm includes representatives from both the pollination and crop production enterprises.

Project Apis m. (PAm) expands Board by three new members - - Dave Mendes, Zac Browning and Gene Brandi now join Dan Cummings, Steve Park, Lyle Johnston, Joe Traynor and Joe MacIlvaine as members of PAmís Board of Directors.  With the addition of these three new members, PAmís Board includes top leadership from the American Honey Producerís Association, the American Beekeeping Federation and the National Honey Board, as well as coast-to-coast representation across the U.S.  Browning and Mendes are president and vice president the American Beekeeping Federation, respectively.  Browning is a North Dakota beekeeper and Mendes, a Florida beekeeper. Brandi, a beekeeper from Los Banos, California, has been active with PAm since its inception in December, 2006.  He is Legislative Chairman of the California State Beekeepers Association.  

Bloom winding down in California - - Blue Diamond Growers does a very good job reporting on the progress of the almond bloom in California.  Bloom is reported for North, Central and South state.  You can access this link by clicking here.

Now is the time you can make a difference!  -- Make your donation now to Project Apis m, 1750 Dayton Rd., Chico, CA  95928.  Get your growers and/or beekeepers to match your contribution of $1/ hive to PAm.  Why PAm?  Because PAm funds bee research and that research is selected and guided by beekeepers.  PAmís research efforts seek to find practical solutions for managed colonies.  Research results that will be transferred efficiently into practices beekeepers can use in their day-to-day activities.  PAm is non-profit and has a low overhead.  Click here to see our current research projects

Virus detection equipment now in place in Montana - - PAm committed $30,000 toward the purchase of IVDS (Integrated Virus Detection System) equipment that is now in place in Montana under the direction of Dave Wick, Biological Virus Screening, Inc. (BVS, Inc.) and Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk (Bee Alert, Inc. and U of Montana).  The IVDS equipment involves a sophisticated detection device engineered by the Army that can detect virus particles and particle sizes.  It represents a creative cross-over technology, originally built for virus screening of humans, but now with tremendous value in assisting with virus screening in honey bees and furthering our knowledge of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).  In addition, it can be used for breeding purposes to screen out bees with viruses in a breeding program.   Originally slated to be housed at the Bee Lab at UC Davis, Montana became the fortunate recipient of the equipment when UC Davis was unable to process liability and employee training requirements in time to be of help for spring pollination in California.  Subsequently, Montanaís State Department of Agriculture donated $20,000 toward processing of samples.  Please contact Dave Wick ( or Jerry Bromenshenk ( regarding the protocol for sending in your samples for virus screening.  

PAm study currently is assessing the SuperBoost brood pheromone - - Dr. Frank Eischen, USDA-ARS, Weslaco, TX, is currently testing SuperBoost, Pherotechís brood pheromone in honey bee colonies in almond orchards this pollination season.  PAm was pleased to get this study underway quickly for this pollination season, thus underscoring PAmís commitment to efficiency and proactive efforts to find solutions and answers to beekeepers concerns in a timely manner.  This objective, third-party test of SuperBoost will answer for beekeepers just how well the use of a brood pheromone serves to increase pollen foraging.  Dr. Eischen reported for PAmís March 6th Board Meeting that preliminary results show increased pollen foraging under some conditions.  Treatments include both large- and small-sized colonies as well as packaged bees.  Dr. Eischen is near completion of the actual test and a thorough look at the results, including statistical analyses are forthcoming. Results will be posted to PAmís website. 

HFCS research shows formation of hydroxymethylfurfural --  PAm-sponsored research with the USDA-ARS Bee Lab in Tucson with Dr. Diana Sammataro thus far is showing that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) samples received from beekeepers are higher in hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) than those received from manufacturers.  In a progress report to the PAm Board for their March 6th Board Meeting, HMF in nine supplier samples was found to be roughly in the 10 Ė 50 ppm range, while beekeeper samples were highly variable and in the 10 Ė 125 ppm range. 

Haagen-Daz donates to bee research - - To discover and prevent what's ails our honey bees, the Haagen-Dazs brand is launching the Haagen-Dazs loves Honey Bees(TM) campaign to fund sustainable pollination and CCD research at Pennsylvania State University and the University of California, Davis. 

For Haagen-Dazí press release,  click here: 

For a Penn State article on the Haagen-Dazz campaign, click here: 

For UC Davis article on the Haagen-Dazz campaign, click here: 

USDA-ARS Area Wide Project on Improving Honey Bee Health is underway -- The 5 year, $5 million ARS Area Wide project focusing on bee health involves coordination among the nationís USDA bee labs.  For more information, click here. 

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