Bees and Trees cares about the health of the honeybee population worldwide, very much. And luckily, so do a lot of other people. To help do our part, we are launching a program to donate proceeds from every jar of Bees & Trees Honey sold to research into some of the primary threats to honeybee health.
We are proud to be supporting the research work of Dr. Samuel (Sammy) Ramsey, a leading researcher in the field of honeybee health, with a focus on parasitic mites that pose the most significant threat to honeybees worldwide. In January 2019, the National Academy of Sciences published his work that upended 50 years of conventional thinking about the Varroa mite. (Pictured L: Dr. Ramsey, R: Mike Everly)
This groundbreaking work is opening up a whole new avenue of potential strategies to attack the Varroa mite and help our honeybee population regain strength and vitality.
In this short video, Dr. Ramsey summarizes in very easy to understand terms how this important research unfolded, and the conclusions reached. Dr. Ramsey Thesis Video, 3:10
Bees & Trees Founder, Mike Everly, recently caught up with Dr. Ramsey in Montreal for the Apiculture 2019 Worldwide Beekeeping and Honey Industry Conference where he presented Dr. Ramsey with our first donation to this critically important research.
Dr. Ramsey is currently in Thailand working to understand the Tropilaelaps mite, which is an emerging threat that could be much more destructive than Varroa when it spreads outside of Asia. Dr. Ramsey, who is now employed by the US Department of Agriculture, was unable to get funding for his work in Thailand due to the fact that we don’t YET have Tropilaelaps mites in the US. Notably, Varroa also started in Southeast Asia back in the 1950s before spreading across the globe. Dr. Ramsey is trying to stop the same thing from happening with the Tropilaelaps mite BEFORE it happens. If you want to learn more or contribute directly to the “Fight the Mite” campaign, follow this link to learn more or donate. Dr. Ramsey Gofundme Page
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Have you heard that honeybees never sleep? It seems to be a notion that is perpetuated by word of mouth. Researchers say otherwise. It just goes to prove that you can’t believe everything you hear.
According to Jürgen Tautz in his book The Buzz About Bees, foragers enter a pronounced state of sleep—largely at night and in the hive. However, sometimes they sleep outside the hive as well. In addition, beekeepers and bee photographers the world over have reported seeing bees asleep in flowers. The bees may remain stationary for hours, only to fly away when disturbed.