A. I. Root Company Honey Blends candles are a lovely example of the good that companies can do for the world, and for honey bees.
The A. I. Root Company has a fascinating story and a deep history with honey bees. The founder, Amos Ives Root, became involved in candle-making through his interest in bee keeping. In the 19th century, he was behind many advances in bee keeping, leading the movement to standardizing beekeeping equipment. His Airline Honey was known nationally as the finest honey on the market. He wrote a popular book on bees - The ABCs of Bee Culture - and founded a magazine for bee keepers named Gleanings In Bee Culture. Little wonder A.I. Root was known as "the bee man" in fifteen languages the world over. Today, A. I. Root Company is still actively involved in advancing the knowledge and science of bee keeping.
"Pesticide risk assessment has not kept pace with new generations of crop protection products, but biologists, veterinarians, and farmers can all work together to understand the bigger picture... with pesticides, ultimately the dose makes the poison. If we can keep doses in a safe range, it’s ok for pesticides and beekeeping to co-exist. We just need to manage the dose.” - PhD Scholar Sarah Wood. Wood's research is helping to pave the way for better understanding and better practices.
The USDA-ARS Laboratory in Baton Rouge, LA is Seeking Three Scientists to Conduct Honey Bee Research
These permanent, full positions are for a Research Entomologist (announcement number ARS-D18W-0089), Research Geneticist (ARS-D18W-0103) and Research Molecular Biologist (ARS-D18W-0104). All three positions will be advertised at the GS-12/13 level, with salaries ranging from $73,375.00 to $113,428.00 per year.
A fully funded PhD assistantship is available starting spring 2019 to study blueberry pollination ecology in collaboration with the University of Florida's Blueberry Breeding and Genomics Lab.
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Project Apis m.'s executive director Danielle Downey has been involved in groundbreaking research breeding and developing varroa resistant bees in Hawaii since 2010.
One of PAm's key partners in this project is beekeeper David Thomas, the owner of Hawaii Island Honey Company, who joined the effort in 2012, offering staff, resources, and even building a lab for the project! David's apiaries have been displaced by the Kilauea eruption and his business is being effected.
Follow the link here to read and see video about what's happening at the Hawaii Island Honey Company, and stay posted for the current status of breeding Varroa resistant bees in Hawaii.