Chemistry World: Worker bees chemically castrated through diet

"The role of the phytochemical p-coumaric acid in determining whether female honey bee larvae develop into queens or workers has been discovered unexpectedly by researchers in the US. The research demonstrates how bee larvae destined to become workers are effectively chemically castrated in their early lives1 and could provide insights into the structure of honey bee colonies and their evolution. ..."

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The Association's apiary in North Shropshire


The Association maintains an apiary at an organic farm in North Shropshire. We hold regular meetings at the apiary during the summer, where members old and new can gain experience in handling bees.

Our Vision

visionWe encourage and develop
the art and science of bee keeping

visionWe strive to educate
Through group meetings, practical out apiary events and educational support 


The North Shropshire Beekeepers' Association - to encourage and develop the art and science of bee keeping