Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

MegaBee Nourishes Beleaguered Honey Bees

Date:
March 11, 2008
Source:
US Department of Agriculture
Summary:
Bees busily ferrying pollen from one cream-white almond blossom to another in California orchards this winter might get some of their zip from a new food called MegaBee: The Tucson Diet. Researchers have created this new, convenient source of proteins, vitamins and minerals that bees need for good health.

A new diet that ARS researchers helped develop can provide a nutritional boost to help keep honey bees healthy and productive.
Credit: Stephen Ausmus, USDA

Bees busily ferrying pollen from one cream-white almond blossom to another in California orchards this winter might get some of their zip from a new food called MegaBee: The Tucson Diet.

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) entomologist Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman created the research and development agreement that led to this new, convenient source of proteins, vitamins and minerals that bees need for good health. Bees can eat MegaBee as a meal or snack when days are too cold for venturing outside of their warm hive, for example, or when flowers—bearing pollen and nectar, the staple foods for adult bees—aren't yet in bloom.

Better nutrition might be a key to reversing the decline of honey bees, Apis mellifera, in the United States. A mostly mysterious colony collapse disorder is blamed for losses of once-thriving colonies, as are problems caused by mites, beetles, Africanized honey bees, diseases and pesticides.

DeGrandi-Hoffman, at the ARS Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson, Ariz., sought the expertise of Gordon I. Wardell, entomologist and owner of S.A.F.E. R & D, LLC, in Tucson, to develop a new, nutritious food for bees. The resulting MegaBee has now been on the market for about six months. It's manufactured by Castle Dome Solutions, LLC, in Yuma, Ariz., and sold by Dadant & Sons, Inc., of Hamilton, Ill., which supplies honey producers, beekeepers and candlemakers.

Tests conducted in California by Wardell and ARS scientists in the winter of 2007 showed that bees ate MegaBee at about the same rate as natural pollen. But MegaBee-fed bees helped produce more brood, or young, than did their pollen-fed hivemates.

Ongoing research, in orchards and in laboratories at the Carl Hayden center, should reveal even more about bees' year-round nutrition needs.

Nutrition investigations, a special emphasis at the Carl Hayden laboratory, are part of a new, nationwide program of ARS-led scientific research on honey bee health.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by US Department of Agriculture. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

US Department of Agriculture. "MegaBee Nourishes Beleaguered Honey Bees." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 11 March 2008. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080307075703.htm>.
US Department of Agriculture. (2008, March 11). MegaBee Nourishes Beleaguered Honey Bees. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 23, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080307075703.htm
US Department of Agriculture. "MegaBee Nourishes Beleaguered Honey Bees." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080307075703.htm (accessed April 23, 2014).

Share This



More Plants & Animals News

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India

Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India

AP (Apr. 22, 2014) A leopard caused panic in the city of Chandrapur on Monday when it sprung from the roof of a house and charged at rescue workers. (April 22) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs

Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs

AP (Apr. 22, 2014) Drake University hosts 35th annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest. (April 21) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
805-Pound Shark Caught Off The Coast Of Florida

805-Pound Shark Caught Off The Coast Of Florida

Newsy (Apr. 22, 2014) One Florida fisherman caught a 805-pound shark off the coast of Florida earlier this month. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Breakfast Foods Are Getting Pricier

Breakfast Foods Are Getting Pricier

AP (Apr. 21, 2014) Breakfast is now being served with a side of sticker shock. The cost of morning staples like bacon, coffee and orange juice is on the rise because of global supply problems. (April 21) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins