Honeybees Enjoy New Bee Food at Experimental Hive in North Carolina
BANNER ELK, N.C.
- Aug. 14, 2015
-- Joyce Mann, CEO of RMANNCO, Inc. headquartered in Lenoir, NC announced today that the company’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Joseph A. Resnick, has developed two new bee food formulas that may help to stop the decline of the Honeybee on a global scale. Mann said one of the new products is made with natural beeswax, honey and water and another, made with the same formula and process, replaces sugars typically used to configure bee nectar with natural plant sweeteners, stevia, and adaptogens.
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Mann said that analytical lab studies show that the new products, a free flowing powder, enables bees to easily collect and transport the bee food into the hive so that it can be metabolized by honeybees (both Mellifera and Meliponines)
to create new kinds of "healthy honey". The new varieties of healthy honey, that have a lower glycemic index, can be better tolerated by persons with Diabetes and persons who must limit intake of plant sugars, e.g., Fructose. She said that another formula, called, “LTIP” (Low Toxicity Integrated Pest Management Product) can help control hive pests, such as mites, moths, and ants, which are especially problematic in portions of the Southern USA, and can help to control infestation by amphibians that attack bee hives in Tropical climates.
Using RMANNCO’s proprietary microencapsulation instrument/process, developed in collaboration with NASA, Dr. Resnick creates microcapsules that contain encapsulated substances, such as, Erythritol, a chemical compound that contains Rebaudisol A-E and X, found in the Stevia plant that is fed to honeybees to produce new kinds of healthy 'Designer Honey'. Beneficial compounds, e.g., Reb A-E and X, extracted from the Stevia plant, have been shown to be beneficial for use by humans and are natural sweetener compounds that do not cause rises in the insulin levels in humans. Stevia, as well as a number of different plants and herbs, such as Ginseng, have been used in traditional Chinese medicine and the practice of herbologic medicine for thousands of years. In another embodiment Dr. Resnick uses the RMANNCO technology to create "LTIP", or the "Low Toxicity Integrated Pest Management Product", that uses all natural substances to combat trachea and varroa mites at the sub-micron level.
Under sponsorship of RMANNCO, Inc., Dr. Resnick conducted field tests of microencapsulated Erythritol (stevia extract) using the Tropical stingless honeybee, “Melipona”
, in Malaysia and Singapore during most of 2014. The field tests proved Resnick's theory that bees could be fed desired substances and those substances could be used to improve the glycemic index of honey being produced by bees even during Monsoon Season when forage is scarce for all pollinators. Dr. Resnick published a paper concerning Meliponiculture, or the commercialization of Tropical stingless bees, while on assignment in Malaysia/China/
Singapore in 2014. Presently, Dr. Resnick is continuing those studies in North Carolina where he is using the European Honeybee, Apis Mellifera, to produce 'Designer Honey' similar to that which he produced in SE Asia using the Melipona, or Tropical stingless honeybees.
While on assignment in Malaysia, Dr. Resnick released information about his breakthrough regarding 'Designer Honey'. He calls the new product ‘synthetic pollen’ because the microspheres are about the same size as natural pollen grains typically gathered by honeybees, which are about 10-20 microns in diameter. A story about Dr. Resnick’s work was featured in late December, 2014 in the internationally-
known magazine, Food Navigator.
sized balls have a core that's filled with the healthy nectar Resnick creates using Non-GMO, certified organic extracts. When talking about feeding his bee's Dr. Resnick says that, "smaller is better in terms of making a healthy food supplement for pollinators that is both nutritious and easy for honeybees to transport back to the hive". Resnick said that during manufacture he can make the capsules as full as desired, make the shell walls either as thick or thin as he wants, and can alter the molecular polarity of the microcapsules making them ‘cling’ or 'not cling' to hairs on the bee and make them in sizes ideally suited for placement in pollen sacs located on the bees’ legs. Tests by an independent testing laboratory in the USA confirm that fructose levels are reduced when the meliponines are fed the synthetic pollen. Resnick said that fructose is "the bad sugar found in honey". Dr. Resnick said he carried out the studies during the Monsoon Season in Malaysia and Singapore so that he could determine whether or not the new bee food could be used to help pollinators and prevent starvation during bad weather seasons both in the Tropics and in temperate climates. The study indicates that use of the Bee Food supplement helped to bolster the hive population during the Monsoon Season. For example, in the USA during the winter months, some Beekeepers report losing as much as 20-40% of their colonies due to starvation. Resnick said he feels the new bee food formula can help to prevent starvation during winter and Monsoon seasons when forage is almost nonexistent for pollinators worldwide.
Concluding the interview Mann said that the company has recently applied to online marketing giant, Amazon.Com, to have all the products listed so that international sales can commence by the first quarter of 2016.
For additional information contact:
Joyce M. Mann, CEO, RMANNCO, Inc.