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Posts Tagged: UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center

Are You a Graduate Student Involved in Pollinator Research?

Phillipp Brand, a graduate student in the Santiago Ramirez lab, UC Davis Department of Evolution and Ecology, and a member of the Population Biology Graduate Group, won the Graduate Student Research Poster competition last year. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you're a graduate student engaged in pollinator research, you may want to enter the Graduate Student Research Poster competition, to take place Saturday, March 3 during the fourth annual UC Davis Bee Symposium in the UC Davis Conference Center. The...

There's a 'Me' in Mead

UC Davis winemaker Chik Brenneman leads a group at the Honey and Pollination Center's Mead Making Bootcamp. In back is Bruce Leslie, of Griffin Mead fame.

There's a "me" in mead. Mead or honey wine is the "in" thing, and the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center, directed by Amina Harris, has announced plans for three mead classes for January-February and a feast on Feb. 9 that celebrates mead and...

Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 8:10 PM

Guess How Many Are Coming to Dinner?

Dinner for one? One and done! (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Set a plate for one and you might get three more diners. Such was the case recently in a Sonoma garden when a patch Iceland poppy (Papaver nudicaule) drew  a posse of hungry honey bees, all elbowing up to the plate. Iceland poppy is...

Why This UC Davis Course Is Sweet

Home is where the bees are. A beekeeper at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"The bee hive is the ultimate home sweet home," Amina Harris, director of the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center,  told the crowd at the Western Apicultural Society's 40th annual conference, held in early September at UC Davis. She's right. Just...

Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Show Me the Honey: From Your Bees!

A honey bee foraging on star thistle, Centaurea solstitialis. It's an invasive weed but makes great honey, beekeepers and honey connoisseurs say. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Imagine watching your honey bees gathering nectar from star thistle--which some beekeepers claim makes the best honey. (Yes, Centaurea solstitialis is an invasive weed. The love-hate relationship runs deep; farmers and environmentalists hate it;...

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