Through centuries there hasn’t been much change in Beehive technology, but an Australian father and son claim they have a better way, thus have raised excitement of many. It will not only let individuals their own honey harvest, the idea will also play a role in stifling the problems that harass bee populations.

Bees are always over-protective about the food stores they produce after putting in lot of hard work. Aspirants take several protective measures to save themselves from bee sting; like wearing protective suits, putting on visors, and using smoke to reduce the likelihood of attacks. Once the job is over, the next task is removing wax and dead bees. So, it’s a daunting task for the average backyard gardener.

honey harvestStuart Anderson’s family have been into bee farming since generations and when his son Cedar suggested there perhaps can be a better way, he was disbelieving at first. Nonetheless, the two came up with a proposal—and spent a decade refining it—and today they’re at the point of running a crowdsourcing campaign.

Here’s the description given by Andersons on their honey harvest prototype:

honey harvestThe Flow frame consists of already half formed honeycomb cells. The bees like always complete the comb with their wax, fill the cells with honey and cap the cells. Just as you turn the tool, a bit like a tap, the cells split vertically inside the comb forming channels, letting honey flow down to a sealed trough at the base of the frame and out of the hive, while the bees are practically undisturbed on the comb surface. Right after the honey has finished draining, you turn the tap a second time in the upper slot which resets the comb into the original position and allows the bees to chew the wax capping away, and fill it with honey again.

The idea has caught the fancy of many and till now $2.7 million have been raised, against a target of $70,000. As a matter of fact it’s the biggest advance in apiary since the perfection of removable frames in 1852. People who in past had abhorred the idea of having a hive in their backyard are now excitedly contemplating fresh honey literally on tap. The Andersons warn, however, “All the rest of the normal beekeeping care for the hive still applies. Beetles, mites, swarm control etc.”

honey harvestA big question now is whether the Flow frame can play a part in stopping bee decline. Presently there’s no clear answer for this query, as the causes of Colony Collapse Disorder are debated and numerous.
Anyways, prevalent techniques of honey collection are undoubtedly stressful for the bees. They lose the product of their hard labor, besides get disorientated by smoke and likely die trying to sting those they suspect are threatening their store.

This stresses the colony and likely puts bees more at risk to other threats. Besides, by promoting single-hive hobbyists over commercial apiaries, the Flow frame may encourage genetic diversity and lower the possibility of mites or viruses spreading between colonies packed too closely together, and also bolster the fertilization of urban crops.

http://www.aartiinformatics.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/honey-harvest.jpghttp://www.aartiinformatics.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/honey-harvest-300x300.jpgAarti InformaticsTECHNOLOGYharvesting honey,honey harvest,honey harvesting,when to harvest honeyThrough centuries there hasn't been much change in Beehive technology, but an Australian father and son claim they have a better way, thus have raised excitement of many. It will not only let individuals their own honey harvest, the idea will also play a role in stifling the problems...Daily News, News Magazine, Online Magazine