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    The following article discusses CCD in terms of a "Perfect Storm" scenario. Of particular interest is bee nutrition, and there's a reference to the Tucson Bee Diet which sounds like a supplement or substitute, and will be marketed late this summer as "Megabee".
    I can't find diddly squat about this product in my searching. Anyone know more about it?


    http://westernfarmpress.com/news/062107-bee-collapse/

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    Yes, Coyote

    It will be out in Aug, in liquid form.
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    What is the latest information on this product? Thanks.

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    Sheppal wrote,
    >What is the latest information on this product? Thanks.

    Myself and a few others are starting test on this product, I will let you know how it goes.
    Keith

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    "MegaBee, also called the Tucson Bee Diet, will first be distributed to major
    honeybee supply houses in 50-pound bags. Beekeepers then add their own
    sugar syrup to the mix. Pound for pound, the supplement is more digestible
    than natural pollen, Wardell says."


    Anyone know what supply houses have it??













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    I'm a bit confused. The article states that the product has been in development for over 4 years, and that it was tested in '06-'07 and would be on the market last month. I can't seem to find even a current reference to it. What happened?

    "After four years of research, a new bee supplement called MegaBee is ready for production, with plans for market availability by August 2007. Available as a liquid and in a patty form, the new supplement is likely to be manufactured at Yuma, Ariz.

    “MegaBee was tested last fall and winter (2006-2007) on bee colonies getting ready to go into almonds. It was a good time to test because there wasn’t much out there for bees to forage on. Essentially they were living off the MegaBee diet. Results look very good,” DeGrandi-Hoffman says."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sundance View Post
    "MegaBee, also called the Tucson Bee Diet, will first be distributed to major honeybee supply houses in 50-pound bags. Beekeepers then add their own sugar syrup to the mix. Pound for pound, the supplement is more digestible
    than natural pollen, Wardell says."

    Anyone know what supply houses have it??
    I suppose if one were ambitious enough they could decipher the patent application and mix up their own batch...

    http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-...bee+AND+pollen

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