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NASA Scholar-Scientist Proposes Study of Claims Made By Promoters of Flow Hive
A new gadget, called, “Flow Hive”, reportedly made to fit inside conventional bee boxes, claims to improve honey harvests and reduce stressors on Bees. Former NASA Scientist calls for research project before the American Bee Federation.
In response to a Call for Research Proposals from the American Bee Federation of Atlanta, GA, Dr. Resnick announced that he has submitted a research proposal geared to undertake a comprehensive study of the ‘Flow Hive” apparatus produced by a father and son team in Australia. For more information about the Flow Hive see HoneyFlow.com. According to the inventors the Flow Hive makes the tasks of harvesting honey very simple due to design of a new kind of frame that is slotted and can be opened inside the bee box to release honey which falls into a collection tube and flows out of the bee hive without disturbing the bees.
Dr. Resnick’s interest in Apiculture and bee byproducts is longstanding, spanning a period of nearly thirty years. While working with NASA in the late 1980’s, Dr. Resnick discovered that beeswax could be used to clean up oil spills and do it better than potentially-
Dr. Resnick said, “My Colleagues in Brisbane, and Singapore, report that they have seen the new “Flow Hive” in operation and at outset the device looks pretty impressive. However, they reported some minor ‘bug’s’ with the actual cranking apparatus but developers say that they are working on addressing those minor design changes. I must admit that, speaking as an ‘Old Beekeeper’, if the Flow Hive works as shown in the videos it will save beekeepers a lot of hard work, time and money. The bees could be benefitted as well because the hive is not disrupted during the honey harvesting activities”.
Dr. Resnick concluded the interview by stating, “I’ve submitted a proposal to the folks at ABF in Atlanta, proposing to undertake investigation and field tests of the Flow Hive with a view toward publishing those findings as soon as possible. We take honey production very seriously in North Carolina and I feel that I can speak for my fellow Beekeeper’s in expressing my hope that the Flow Hive performs as it’s ‘being touted’. My proposal calls for involvement with researchers from the Department of Apiculture at the North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina and the North Carolina Beekeeper’s Association”