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    Default Pollen in Bee bread - is it germinated?

    Does the pollen in bee bread germinate before the lactic fermentation kills it? Given that it's mixed with nectar (and how warm the hive is) it ought to be an appropriate medium.

    I might have to get my microscope out and dig out some bee bread and look.
    http://www.voiceofthehive.com - Tales of Beekeeping and Honeybees

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    i don't think it's "germinated" per se, but the pollen does get fermented (by lactic acid bacteria, among other microorganisms), which breaks open the outer shell.

    jerry hayes' "school" column from april talks about this, as does our paper "no bee is an island" on our website:
    http://www.beeuntoothers.com/

    deknow

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    I'll take a look at that. Just wondering what in the fermentation process breaks down the Sporopollenins.
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    deknow...
    Thanks much for the post, that "No Bee is an Island" document is a very good short read. I recommend anyone reading this post go and read the link.

    Another good read concerning Pollen and bee health is Fat Bees Skinny Bees - A Manual for honey bee nutrition for beekeepers, and can be found here at this link: http://www.rirdc.gov.au/reports/HBE/05-054.pdf
    When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. John Muir

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