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Pol-Line VSH Honey Bees with USDA-ARS Drs Frank Rinkevich and Mike Simone (S4, E47)

Drs. Michael Simone-Finstrom and Dr. Frank Rinkevich, are research entomologists at the Baton Rouge Honey Bee Research Laboratory in Baton Rouge, LA. They have completed an extensive set of tests in commercial beekeeping operations on mite resistance, overwintering, honey production and virus loads of the varroa sensitive hygiene (VSH) P0L Line of honey bees bred there since the 1990s.

The line, called the Pol-line is drawn from the original line to be used as pollinator bees, have as a basis for mite resistance, the VSH trait, where mites in brood cells are removed by nurse bees before they are able to complete development.

Over the season these bees were subjected to moving to almonds, and from almonds to other pollination jobs or to honey production areas in MS, CA, ND and SD to sample a wide variety of environments.

The results are definitely encouraging. Listen to learn more!

Next on their agenda? Getting these bees into the hands commercial beekeepers so they can take advantage of the money saving, and honey bee saving attributes of these bees.

Also in this episode, Jeff meets up with Dr. Dewey Caron and receives an update from on Dewey’s PNW Honey Bee Survey.

Finally, before the main interview with Drs Simone and Rinkevich, Kim delivers his review of Brother Adam’s book, “Beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey”, presented by Northern Bee Books.

This is one packed episode! Let us know what you think by leaving comments for this episode above. Start a discussion!

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Links and websites mentioned in this podcast:

Baton Rouge Bee Lab - Pol-Line Honey Bee Research Paper - Pacific Northwest Bee Survey & Results - Kim's Book Review, "Beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey" by Brother Adam - Honey Bee Obscura Podcast -


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