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Honey Warehouse Emptied

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Low yields this year may make honey stocks more attractive to thieves.

Four tons of honey were stolen from a warehouse belonging to a bee farmer near Gloucester before Christmas. The honey was in 30 pound containers and CCTV showed the honey being loaded into a lorry but, as yet, the thieves have not been identified.

Epigenetic Codes in Bee Development

New research at the University of Sheffield and in Australia has discovered histone codes in honey bees for the first time. These codes are in the proteins that control the way DNA is expressed. They could hold clues to the way that bee larvae with identical genetics can develop differently into queens and workers based on environmental factors such as what they eat.

Bees on Radio 4 Farming Today

The BBC Radio 4 Farming Today program on 3rd December was all about bees. The programme included an interview with Ian Homer, the ex bee inspector who many of us have met.

Ian was talking about the danger to bees over winter with the low levels of stores they have been able to gather this year and how poor mating might see a lot of drone laying queens in spring.

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