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Microscopy Study Group

Once again I'm pleased to announce the branch has agreed to fund the hire of the Stoke Orchard community centre small meeting room for those members who want to form a study group to learn microscopy and hopefully take the BBKA Microscopy assessment. At the study group you learn how to use the microscopes to enable you to perform the tasks required in the assessment. Bee Microscopy is a valuable tool for determining bee health and learning about bee biology. The branch also has 5 sets of Microscopes and some disecting tools availabe for members to use. Preference will be given to those wishing to do the BBKA assessment. However you will need to supply your own consumables and chemicals for the various aspects of study. In order to prepare for the assessment you will need to practise the techniques and produce a set of slides of good quality.

Meeting Dates

18 Jan 7.00pm - 10.00pm Stoke Orchard Community Centre
15 Feb 7.00pm - 10.00pm Stock Orchard Community Centre
22 Mar 7.00pm - 10.00pm Stock Orchard Community Centre
5 Apr 7.00pm - 10.00pm Stock Orchard Community Centre
28 April - Bee health day Uckington Village hall

Pollen Slides

Chemicals required - Iso propyl alcohol(IPA), Fushin stain glycerin jelly, clear nail varnish to seal slides.
Equipment - Slides & Coverslips, watch glass, paint brush, glass rod.

Dissection of bee parts

Chemicals required - IPA, - Insect killing fluid (Ethyl Acetate)
Equipment - honey jar lid 1/2 filled with wax, Cork mounting block + acarine needle.

Anatomical bee part slides

Chemicals required - IPA, Sodium Hydroxide 10% solution, Acetic acid 10% solution, Toluene, New Mount.
Additional equipment - specimen tubes, cotton thread, Slides & Coverslips, glass rod.

Equipment suppliers

Brunel Microscopes

Useful Books

Practical Microscopy for Beekeepers - Bob Maurer
Apis through the Looking Glass - Graham Royle
Understanding Bee Anatomy - Ian Stell
Anatomy and Dissection of the Honeybee - H A Dade
Pollen Identification for Beekeepers - Rex Sawyer
Honey Identification - Rex Sawyer
CD - Pollen Identification for Beekeepers An Illustrated Key to accompany Rex Sawyer's Book - John Chandler and Dave Rennison.

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