Oh Honey, Honey: Considerations for New Beekeepers


Author: Heather Broccard-Bell, Ph.D., Honey Bee Health Researcher

Humans have been gathering honey from honey bees in one form or another for millennia. For most of that time, “management” was as simple as harvesting honey from wild bee colonies wherever they could be found. Apiculture has been transformed over the last couple of centuries by advances in technology. The invention of modular hive systems and moveable frames has greatly improved productivity, mobility, and the welfare of the bees themselves. Ultimately, most of this has been done in the service of one goal: to produce honey.

Now that we’re well into fall honey season (at least in Ontario, Canada), it seems like an opportune time to discuss some of the main considerations of modern honey harvesting. I realize that beekeepers around the world deal with many types of hives these days, but I am going to focus on the most common in North America: the 10-frame Langstroth.

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What Makes Formic Acid So Special?


Author: Heather Broccard-Bell, Ph.D., Honey Bee Health Researcher

Not all miticides are created equally—and no two apiaries are the same either. Yet, there are some common factors all beekeepers should carefully consider when deciding which product to use in their operations to control Varroa destructor.

Whether you have a few backyard hives or run a large commercial operation, regularly monitoring for mites (video) and developing an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program will help ensure your colonies get the right treatment, at the right time. We encourage beekeepers everywhere to think critically about their treatment plans ensuring the health of their colonies—and honey bees worldwide.

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What is it like to be a bee? (Part 2)


Author: Heather Broccard-Bell, Ph.D., Honey Bee Health Researcher

It’s safe to say that how honey bees experience the world is quite different from how humans experience the world. While we will always be influenced by our specific sensory systems, we can aim to better understand the honey bee by studying their senses. Knowing more about what the world is like for honey bees can help us to decipher their remarkable behaviour.

In our last blog, we took an in-depth look at how the honey bee uses its unique visual capabilities for navigation, foraging, and more. Like us, bees rely heavily on their vision, but what about the other senses? We’ll now explore beyond sight to further grasp what the world is like from the honey bee’s perspective.

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What is it like to be a bee? (Part 1)


Author: Heather Broccard-Bell, Ph.D., Honey Bee Health Researcher

In 1974, the American philosopher Thomas Nagel published an essay called, “What is it Like to Be a Bat?” [1]. In it, he argued that we can never really know because everything about how we perceive the world is coloured by the specific way in which our sensory systems operate. Even if we try to imagine what it might be like to be a bat, we unconsciously and unavoidably do so from our own biased perspective as a human, with human-type senses. For example, many of us think in words and/or pictures, neither of which a bat can do, even if it wanted to. Nagel argued that one can only truly understand what it is like to be a bat if one is actually a bat—and the same goes for knowing what it’s like to be a honey bee, or any other kind of non-human creature. In effect, Nagel’s essay really just expanded on the old saying, “you never truly know what it’s like for someone until you walk a mile in their shoes.”

Why would we want to know what it’s like to be another creature anyway? We encounter bee behaviours all the time that seem mysterious. Knowing why bees do the things that they do would certainly be helpful, and this starts with understanding what the world is like from their perspective.

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Why Are Honey Bees Such Great Pollinators?


Author: Heather Broccard-Bell, Ph.D., Honey Bee Health Researcher

The Western Honey Bee is a Pollinator Pro

Happy Pollinator Week! As I am sure you are well aware, there are a whole lot of different kinds of pollinators out there: from the familiar bees to other insects, like flies and beetles, to birds, and even bats! Each is important, and each has a role to play. Within this diverse group of animals, however, the Western Honey Bee, Apis mellifera, stands out – especially when it comes to the pollination of food crops, like fruit and nut trees[1]. Interestingly, the Western Honey Bee (hereafter referred to as the honey bee, even though there are actually several other species of honey bee*) is somewhat of a “perfect storm” of factors that, combined, make it a powerhouse pollinator.

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Press Release – Formicpro® obtains Marketing Authorization in 23 European Regions


May 10, 2021 (Dublin, Ireland) — Beekeepers across Europe now have a new tool to combat the devastating Varroa destructor mite. NOD Apiary Ireland Ltd. is pleased to announce that the HPRA and 22 other European Regional Authorities have granted Marketing Authorization to NOD’s newest extended shelf-life Veterinary Medicine: Formicpro™.

Sustainable and Extended Shelf-Life

Formicpro features a 24-month shelf-life that doesn’t require temperature-controlled storage. These key advancements in bee protection technology provide distributors and beekeepers with an additional effective treatment for Varroosis that’s safer and easier to use.

Formicpro is an all-natural product manufactured in ready-to-use polysaccharide gel strips that are fully biodegradable. Its eco-paper wrap is designed to provide a slow release of the active ingredient: formic acid. During the 7-day treatment period Formicpro causes mortality to a significant number of mites under the brood cap, as well as adult mites on the bees, with an average efficacy of 83-97%.

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Press Release – NOD Apiary Products Ltd. Brings on New Honey Bee Health Researcher


Ontario, Canada NOD Apiary Products Ltd. is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Heather Broccard-Bell to the NOD team as Honey Bee Health Researcher, effective immediately. As head of research activities, Dr. Broccard-Bell will contribute to NOD Apiary Products’ commitment to innovation, quality and education for the betterment of the global beekeeping community. 

Dr. Broccard-Bell joins the NOD team with an impressive education (B.A. in Psychology, M.Sc. in Neuroscience and Ph.D. in Behaviour and Evolution), as well as research experience specific to beekeeping, honey bees and animal health.  

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Press Release – NOD assigns new Marketing Manager


—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—

March 1, 2021, NOD Apiary Products Ltd. Hires New Marketing Manager, North America

Frankford, ON – NOD Apiary Products Ltd. is pleased to announce the addition of Ms. Laura Wagdin to the NOD marketing team. Effective immediately, Laura will join as the Marketing Manager for NOD Apiary Products Ltd. She will be responsible for business development and strategic marketing activities to foster company growth within the global beekeeping community.

Laura’s knowledge, skills and experience are an ideal fit for our growing marketing team. This addition will help us to enhance our marketing as we expand globally and continue to deepen our existing customer relationships.” said Kathleen Ireland, Director of Sales and Marketing of NOD Apiary Products Ltd. “We are excited to welcome Laura to the NOD team!”

Laura brings over ten years of marketing experience to the role, previously working at an advertising agency in Toronto, ON. Her brand-building capabilities and background in many areas of marketing present NOD with a great opportunity to further build the in-house marketing team.

“I am delighted to join such a passionate team during this exciting time of growth for NOD. I look forward to contributing to our fantastic brand focus, helping to encourage sustainable honeybee and animal health around the globe.”

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Press Release – COVID-19


Press Release

COVID-19 Coronavirus: NOD Apiary Products Addresses Supply Questions

23 March 2020 – Information is reviewed daily and updated as required

NOD Apiary Products is a supplier of honey bee and animal health products, therefore part of agriculture and the food production industry.  As such we are considered to be an essential industry.

Regarding our internal operations, NOD is monitoring and following all guidelines set out by the Canadian government. Our manufacturing site is continuing to produce product as usual.  We are not expecting any disruption to our supply chain.  Domestically and internationally, we are closely monitoring our shipments to ensure any potential disruption is quickly identified.

At this time we are aware of a delay at our European testing site, due to an equipment issue at the certified third-party test site. It is expected to be rectified shortly, however, two of our European shipments, originally scheduled for delivery in March are now scheduled for delivery in mid-April.

We will provide additional information to our distributors in the event of any changes that may affect their receiving of our product.

Press Release – COVID-19 NOD Apiary Products

 

Media Contact
NOD Apiary Products Ltd.
Kerri Lott, Marketing Manager
Tel: +1-613-398-8422 ext. 205
Email: kerril@nodglobal.com

New Zealand – MAQS+ rebrand to Formic Pro™


Frankford, Ontario – August 7, 2019 – NOD Apiary Products, a global leader for providing sustainable products to the beekeeping industry, announced that the extended shelf life product, MAQS+ would be rebranded to Formic Pro™ in the New Zealand marketplace. The comprehensive rebrand refocuses the company’s efforts to maintain consistent education and  brand recognition across the global marketplace.

Formic Pro™ provides beekeepers with a sustainable, organically certified miticide that targets and controls the Varroa Mite where they reproduce, under the brood cap.

“Apimondia 2019 presented itself as the opportunity to get all of our brands on the same page, globally. For the global community of beekeepers to discuss NOD’s products in the same space layed the foundation for this rebrand to occur.”

 

AVAILABILITY

Formic Pro™ is available through our beekeeping supply partner in New Zealand, New Zealand Beeswax.

beeswax.co.nz

info@beeswax.co.nz

 

Media Contact
NOD Apiary Products Ltd.
Kerri Lott, Marketing Manager
Tel: +1-613-398-8422 ext. 205
Email: kerril@nodglobal.com

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