Archive for March, 2012

Beekeeping Classes – Spring 2012

March 2, 2012

Fire up your smokers and bring your neighbors.   I will be doing three free introduction to beekeeping classes this month.

First up is a class at the Anderson-Foothill branch of the Salt LAke Public Library.  This class will be from 3:00-5:00 pm on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

Next will be a class at Cactus and Tropicals at their Salt Lake store on Saturday, March 24 at 10:00 am. The class will run about 1 hour.  The Salt Lake store is located at 2735 South 2000 East in Salt Lake City.  The phone at this location is 801.485.2542

The following Saturday (March 31) will be another class at the Draper location of Cactus and Tropicals.   This class will also be at 10:00 am and last about 1 hour.  The Draper store is located at 12252 S Draper Gate Dr (1325 E), Draper, UT 84020.  The phone at this location is 801.676.0935.

Thanks to Nicole Christensen for the inspiration to run these classes.

Bee Class image is from a collection of nice artwork found at S.B. Whitehead Fine Art.

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Bees Sniff Out Nasty Microbes

March 2, 2012

Scientists in New Zealand hope to use bees as a diagnostic tool to sniff out Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the organism that causes tuberculosis infection in humans.  Next time you are rooting around in a hive, breathe heavily on your bees.   If they are attracted to your breath, you might be emitting methyl nicotinate, a volatile compound that might suggest the presence of M. tuberculosis.  Your next step should be to remove your bee suit and take public transportation to the nearest sanatorium, coughing bloody sputum all the way, spraying your fellow bus riders with aerosolized TB.

Read the article in The Scientist.

This story kindly brought to our attention by Dr. Byington.