The NOD Global Family includes NOD Apiary Products in the USA and Canada, as well as NOD Europe. Our family is built on the value of PARTNERSHIP. The bonds of partnership emerge and grow from the support and guidance of our company’s shareholders and board members, and fortify the respectful team relationships within the organization in North America and Europe.
Over the years, we have established trustworthy associations with large commercial beekeepers, sideliners and hobbyists around the world. We work hard to ensure the partnerships with our customers are founded in service excellence. We are customer service leaders in our industry, and offer guidance, support and education on all matters of Honey bee health.
NOD Apiary Products is a proud partner member of The Honey Bee Health Coalition, a national organization dedicated to pollinator health. The HBHC’s mission is “to collaboratively implement solutions that will help to achieve a healthy population of Honey bees while also supporting healthy populations of native and managed pollinators in the context of productive agricultural systems and thriving ecosystems.” Learn more at www.honeybeehealthcoalition.org.
NOD Apiary Products supports the work of The Pollinator Stewardship Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to “raising awareness about the adverse impact of pesticides on pollinators critical to the supply of food and the ecosystem.”
In Europe, NOD and BASF in Germany have been partners in Honey bee health protection since March 2010. NOD Europe also actively supports the COLOSS (Prevention of honey bee COlony LOSSes), an international, non-profit association of European scientists, headquartered in Bern, Switzerland (Ricola Foundation) that is focused on improving the health and sustainability of bees at a global level.
As Formic Acid is gaining more recognition within the Honey bee research community as an efficacious organic control for the Varroa mite, evidence suggests it also plays a part in reducing viral loads in Honey bee colonies. NOD is currently working with research collaborators to test the next generation formic acid gel strip that will feature improved shelf life and storage benefits. Our new gel strips are expected to reach select markets by the Spring of 2017.
Our work in Honey bee protection has positively impacted many beekeepers globally.
Our success, in part, is due to the care, guidance and support of our many partners around the world, and for that, we are grateful.
Formic Pro™ Efficacy Trial In the fall of 2017, the efficacy of Formic Pro™ to reduce infestations of varroa mite (Varroa destructor Anderson and Trueman) in colonies of honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) was tested. A total of 36 colonies were divided into three treatment groups. One treatment group (n = 12) received five separate doses of liquid formic acid at a concentration of 65% across a twenty day period, while the other two treatment groups were treated with strips of Formic Pro™ either with two strips for 14 days (n = 12) or two consecutive rounds of a single strip, each for 10 days (n= 12). The 65% liquid formic acid was used as a standard to compare the efficacy of Formic Pro¡ pads. All three treatments reduced mite infestations, but the Formic Pro™ treatments resulted in the greatest mite mortality during the treatment period. Mean mite drop in both Formic Pro™ treatment groups was significantly greater than the liquid formic treatment in the first post-formic “clean up” monitoring period (D+27 – D+33). Based on this trial, #FormicPro™ appears to be an effective tool for the control of varroa mite in Nova Scotia.
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