Alison McAfee | Honey Bee Hub



Stereotypical boonies-born, Jeep-driving, MEC-wearing Canadian. Slash soon-to-be PhD entomologist and proteomics extraordinaire.

The trouble with headlines

News outlets are adept at grabbing our attention with shock and awe, but what we need are thoughtful solutions.

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Precision Pollination

A simple trick could let beekeepers improve their colonies’ pollination efficiency

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The surprising benefit of laying workers

Photo: Malcolm Rickets
Laying workers are usually unwelcome pests, but they are also a window into how insect societies may have evolved.

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Life without fumagillin


The only registered treatment for Nosema disease is no longer commercially available.

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Long live the sperm

Photo: Alison McAfee
Honey bee queens keep drones’ sperm alive inside them for years, but some surprising environmental triggers can cause massive sperm death.

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The blueberries and the bees

Photo: Marta Guarna
Thousands of honey bee colonies arrive in the Fraser Valley’s blueberry fields every spring, but beekeepers are worried this crop may be harming their bees. Continue reading “The blueberries and the bees”

Who’s got the guts?

Image: Waldan Kwong
The honey bee gut is home to hundreds of millions of microbes – some of which help the host, and some of which destroy it.

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Hygienic behavior and the scent of death

Photo: Alison McAfee
HYGIENIC WORKER BEES are key players in the hive’s social immune system, removing sick and dying brood before the diseases they harbor can spread.  Continue reading “Hygienic behavior and the scent of death”

How a Nobel Prize in physiology created tomorrow’s Varroa control

Photo: Alison McAfee
Every beekeeper has wrestled with the Varroa destructor mite. Every beekeeper also knows we’re running out of weapons.  Continue reading “How a Nobel Prize in physiology created tomorrow’s Varroa control”

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