Tuesday, November 17, 2015

DNA Biodiversity Study using Tom's Honey Bees

What you say, is he talking about?
We were contacted by .......well you read the email:

I am a member of a science research group from St. Francis Preparatory High School in Fresh Meadows, Queens, New York. We have chosen to take part in a Barcode Long Island project, in association with Cold Spring Harbor Labs. The aim of this project is to examine the biodiversity of Long Island with respect to its plant and invertebrate species. For this project we are hoping to study the biodiversity of bees to determine if bees raised under circumstances such as those present at your apiary have a varying biodiversity than that of wild bees. Because the DNA of bees in the same hive are similar, we need bees from different hives to have an unbiased view of biodiversity. We were hoping that you would allow us two to three bees, each one from a different hive in your apiary, as samples for barcoding purposes. It would be greatly appreciated if you would allow us to use your bees as a sample.

We couldn't wait to send our bees off to the research group and feel very fortunate to have been
asked to participate. The photo's below show some of the hives selected for collecting specimens for the study.
We photo documented the collection of bees to refer back to when the results of the study are
made available. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hayground School Artisanal Holiday Bazaar Dec 5th 2015

Tom's Honey Bees will be at the Hayground Artisanal Holiday Bazaar in
Come visit, you won't be sorry!

Save the Date: Saturday December 5, 2015
Time: 10 am-4 pm
Place: Hayground School
151 Mitchell Lane Bridgehampton, NY