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Brooklyn bees pig-out on maraschino cherry syrup

In case you missed the story, urban beekeepers in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, New York were shocked when their bees started sporting a faint red glow as they returned home from foraging trips. Further investigation showed that their hives contained frames of “honey” the color of cough syrup. Samples of the material were […] Read more

Wednesday word file: fructose

Fructose is a naturally-occurring monosaccharide (simple sugar) also known as “fruit sugar.” It is the sweetest of all the naturally-occurring carbohydrates, and it is the sugar most easily dissolved in water. Fructose is the principal component of most honey and is responsible for keeping honey from crystallizing. Fructose can bind with another simple sugar, glucose, […] Read more

Hydroxymethylfurfural is not good for bees

Hydroxymethylfurfural is the main reason that high-fructose corn syrup is not good for bees. Also known as HMF, hydroxymethylfurfural is a chemical that forms when high-fructose corn syrup is heated. It is known to damage honey bees by causing ulceration of the gut. Lately it has become one of the suspects in the deaths of […] Read more

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