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Nutrition in Honeybees and humans

A webinar from Cardiff beekeepers   

Cardiff Beekeepers host: Nutrition in Honeybees and Humans. Professor Robert Pickard

Join us for a webinar on Jan 12, 2021 at 7:30 PM GMT.

“Life is a slow-burning fire. Honeybees and humans both oxidise hydrogen to obtain the energy necessary to fulfil the chemistry determined by our genes and facilitated by our environment. A honeybee shares 60% of its genes with humans. Because of our common ancestry, much of our basic chemistry is the same. In addition to oxygen, both species require water, minerals, vitamins, amino acids, sugars and lipids. The balance of these nutrients in our diets determines our ability to make the molecules that each of us needs for our species-specific lives. We both need to resist disease, grow and reproduce. To do this, we have to care for one another, build a safe refuge, gather food, excrete toxins, survive in difficult times and defend ourselves. Both species require mental and physical activity to remain healthy and long-lived. Honeybees are thirty million years older than humans. They have a society that we can learn from but not necessarily would wish to emulate.”

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Honey Fraud Talk

A webinar from Scottish Beekeepers  

We’ll be investigating Honey Fraud courtesy of Professor Norberto Garcia from Argentina.

Join us for a webinar on Jan 06, 2021 at 7:30 PM GMT.

Prof. García teaches Apiculture at the Universidad Nacional Del Sur in Bahía Blanca, Argentina. He is a former professional beekeeper and private technical consultant to beekeepers in Argentina. At present he is a Senior Consultant of Nexco S.A., the main Argentine honey exporter; President of the International Honey Exporters Organization (IHEO); President of the Apimondia Scientific Commission of Beekeeping Economy; Member of the Board of Directors of True Source Honey (U.S.A); and Chairman of the Apimondia Working Group on Adulteration of Bee Products. Prof. García has worked intensely during recent years to create awareness on the problem of honey adulteration.


Benefits of Locally adapted Bees

A webinar from WBKA   

WBKA hosts: The Benefits of locally adapted bees by Wally Shaw

Join us for a webinar on Jan 14, 2021 at 7:30 PM GMT.

A topic close to the hearts of many in WBKA, Wally’s talk will explain what locally adapted bees are, how they have developed, and how they relate to our native bee (apis mellifera mellifera).He will discuss self-sufficiency and the argument for adopting this policy, the advantages of doing so, and how we can breed and make the best use of locally adapted bees, including selection criteria and maintenance of genetic diversity.The talk will also examine the evolutionary origins of our native bee strain, how long has it been around, and how it relates to the other sub-species of honey bee.This is sure to be a fascinating talk filled with Wally’s observations based on his own experiences through beekeeping on Anglesey.

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