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  • Global Warming Is Wiping Out the Bees

    07/09/2015 12:50:06 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 44 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | July 9, 2015 18:00 UTC | Alan Neuhauser
    Bumblebees, a linchpin of the global food supply, are vanishing across huge swaths of North America and Europe as a result of climate change, a new study says. The findings, published Thursday in the journal Science, apparently solve a mystery that's alarmed farmers, experts, policymakers and environmental advocates worldwide, as well as bedeviled researchers. While habitat destruction and potent pesticides known as neonicotinoids have destroyed some bumblebee populations, researchers concluded climate change has played the greatest role in the mass disappearance of bumblebee species, which pollinate plants and crops that are part of the food supply for both animals and...
  • Pesticides Linked to Honeybee Deaths Pose More Risks, European Group Says

    04/08/2015 9:23:32 PM PDT · by yuffy · 8 replies
    nytimes ^ | APRIL 8, 2015 | David Jolly
    PARIS — An influential European scientific body said on Wednesday that a group of pesticides believed to contribute to mass deaths of honeybees is probably more damaging to ecosystems than previously thought and questioned whether the substances had a place in sustainable agriculture. The finding could have repercussions on both sides of the Atlantic for the companies that produce the chemicals, which are known as neonicotinoids because of their chemical similarity to nicotine. Global sales of the chemicals reach into the billions of dollars. The European Commission in 2013 banned the use of three neonicotinoids — clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam...
  • Feds won't ban pesticides said to kill honeybees, despite 800 studies

    11/27/2014 5:42:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 66 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 26, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Over 100 scientists worldwide, citing 800 studies, are demanding that the Obama administration follow Europe’s lead and put a moratorium on the use of a new-style pesticide blamed for the deaths of 30 percent of American honeybees every year. In a letter to the EPA and Agriculture Department, the scientists said there is overwhelming evidence from 800 studies that the pesticide family called neonicotinoids are to blame for the substantial declines in honeybees, bumblebees and butterflies, all pollinators needed to help farmers produce billions of dollars worth of food every year. “The 108 signers of this letter therefore urge you...
  • Obama moves to save the honey bees, targets pesticides

    President Obama on Friday announced plans to save endangered honey bees and other pollinators, for the first time ordering a probe into new types of pesticides that some local governments and 15 European Union nations have restricted or banned. The long-awaited plan creates a “Pollinator Health Task Force” that has 180 days to come up with a plan to save bees, butterflies and other pollinators. The goal is to rid fields of harmful pesticides while planting food for the bugs, even on military bases an along railroad tracks. Virtually every Cabinet department will be included on the task force. A...
  • Honeybees abandoning hives and dying due to insecticide use, research finds

    05/11/2014 7:05:56 AM PDT · by Renfield · 37 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 5-9-2014 | Damian Carrington
    The mysterious vanishing of honeybees from hives can be directly linked to insectcide use, according to new research from Harvard University. The scientists showed that exposure to two neonicotinoids, the world's most widely used class of insecticide, lead to half the colonies studied dying, while none of the untreated colonies saw their bees disappear. "We demonstrated that neonicotinoids are highly likely to be responsible for triggering 'colony collapse disorder' in honeybee hives that were healthy prior to the arrival of winter," said Chensheng Lu, an expert on environmental exposure biology at Harvard School of Public Health and who led the...
  • Honey Bees

    02/08/2014 5:04:27 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 37 replies
    08 Feb 2014 | US Navy Vet
    Well to day I ordered 2 3 lb PKGS of ( This will be my first go with this type of Honey Bee(in the past I have kept Italian Honey Bees( Wish me luck!
  • Bee Deaths Reversal: As Evidence Points Away From Neonics As Driver, Pressure Builds To Rethink Ban

    02/07/2014 5:21:27 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2-5-2014 | Jon Entine
    If the Environmental Protection Agency moves to restrict neonicotinoid pesticides, often called neonics, because of fears that they are causing bee deaths, it will happen in spite of the mounting empirical evidence rather than because of it. Last December, in response to fevered political pressure, the European Commission banned the use of neonics for two years. The moratorium, guided by the precautionary politics that now dominate science-based regulation in Europe, took effect just as a number of new studies shed increasing doubt on the belief that neonics play a key role in bee health. (snip) The “crisis” prompting this handwringing...
  • Common crop pesticides kill honeybee larvae in the hive

    01/28/2014 8:35:49 AM PST · by onedoug · 29 replies
    Science Daily/Penn State ^ | 27 JAN 2014 | Sara LaJeunesse/Penn State materials
    Four pesticides commonly used on crops to kill insects and fungi also kill honeybee larvae within their hives, according to new research. Scientists also found that N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone -- an inert, or inactive, chemical commonly used as a pesticide additive -- is highly toxic to honeybee larvae.
  • Endangered: EPA finally comes to defense of honey bees

    08/26/2013 8:59:51 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    Under pressure from Congress and the honey industry, the EPA is ordering an immediate reduction in the use of widely used pesticides, an admission that bug killers approved by the agency are partly responsible for the disappearance of honey bees. The Environmental Protection Agency is changing the labeling on pesticides to reduce their use in fields when bees are present, the first significant concession provided to the honey industry which has reported bee kills of over 50 percent among some commercial beekeepers. It comes too late for many honey bees that pollinated blueberries, nuts and fruit trees earlier this year,...
  • Sacre bleu! Mystery of French bees making coloured honey is solved.

    10/07/2012 9:09:33 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 11 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | October 6, 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Beekeepers in France were confused after their bees produced honey in mysterious shades of blue and green. But now the mystery has been solved as its now believed residue from containers of M&M's candy processed at a nearby biogas plant n northeastern France is the cause. Since August, beekeepers around the town of Ribeauville in the region of Alsace have seen bees returning to their hives carrying unidentified colourful substances that have turned their honey unnatural shades. Determined to solve the mystery the beekeepers embarked on an investigation and discovered that a biogas plant 4 km (2.5 miles) away has...
  • Washington state’s first ‘zombie bees’ reported; parasite causes bees to fly erratically, die

    09/24/2012 9:26:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 24, 2012 | Associated Press
    SEATTLE — The infection is as grim as it sounds: “Zombie bees” have a parasite that causes them to fly at night and lurch around erratically until they die. And experts say the condition has crept into Washington state. “I joke with my kids that the zombie apocalypse is starting at my house,” said Mark Hohn, a novice beekeeper who spotted the infected insects at his suburban Seattle home. Hohn returned from vacation a few weeks ago to find many of his bees either dead or flying in jerky patterns and then flopping on the floor...
  • Corn insecticide linked to honeybee die-off

    04/27/2012 1:06:42 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 17 replies
    By EarthSky ^ | MAR 19, 2012 | By EarthSky
    New research has linked springtime die-offs of honeybees with insecticides used to coat corn seeds, according to a study in American Chemical Society’s journal Environmental Science & Technology on March 6, 2012. The finding might be a clue to the cause of the mysterious malady afflicting honeybees called colony collapse disorder.
  • 2 Studies Point to Common Pesticide as a Culprit in Declining Bee Colonies

    03/29/2012 6:37:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 29, 2012 | CARL ZIMMER
    Scientists have been alarmed and puzzled by declines in bee populations in the United States and other parts of the world. They have suspected that pesticides are playing a part, but to date their experiments have yielded conflicting, ambiguous results. In Thursday’s issue of the journal Science, two teams of researchers published studies suggesting that low levels of a common pesticide can have significant effects on bee colonies. One experiment, conducted by French researchers, indicates that the chemicals fog honeybee brains, making it harder for them to find their way home. The other study, by scientists in Britain, suggests that...
  • Honeybee Deaths Linked to Corn Insecticides

    03/16/2012 7:27:42 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 69 replies
    What was killing all those honeybees in recent years? New research shows a link between an increase in the death of bees and insecticides, specifically the chemicals used to coat corn seeds. The study, titled "Assessment of the Environmental Exposure of Honeybees to Particulate Matter Containing Neonicotinoid Insecticides Coming from Corn Coated Seeds," was published in the American Chemical Society's Environmental Science & Technology journal, and provides insight into colony collapse disorder.
  • Einstein was right - honey bee collapse threatens global food security

    02/06/2011 2:45:11 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 95 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:30PM GMT 06 Feb 2011 | By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, International Business Editor
    Almost a third of global farm output depends on animal pollination, largely by honey bees. These foods provide 35pc of our calories, most of our minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants, and the foundations of gastronomy. Yet the bees are dying – or being killed – at a disturbing pace. The bee crisis has been treated as a niche concern until now, but as the UN's index of food prices hits an all time-high in real terms (not just nominal) and grain shortages trigger revolutions in the Middle East, it is becoming urgent to know whether the plight of the honey bee...
  • A palace fit for a queen (bee)

    02/03/2011 3:36:22 AM PST · by Daffynition · 58 replies · 1+ views ^ | Feb 02 2011 | unknown
    Beepods are handsome, made-in-Wisconsin wooden beehives designed for optimum bee comfort and user-friendliness. The cost? Under $500. Now show me the honey ... Along with backyard chicken-keeping, urban beekeeping is another exercise in countrified self-sufficiency that’s really picked up steam over the past couple of years and been embraced by city dwellers … the latest “urban agricultural must-have,” as the New York Times put it back in 2009. The whole bees-in-the-city movement reached an unofficial climax back in March when the ban on residential beekeeping was lifted in New York City (although NYC beekeepers had been practicing and celebrating it...
  • Researchers Find "Alarming" Decline in Bumblebees

    01/03/2011 5:29:47 PM PST · by TaraP · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 3, 2011
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four previously abundant species of bumblebee are close to disappearing in the United States, researchers reported Monday in a study confirming that the agriculturally important bees are being affected worldwide. They documented a 96 percent decline in the numbers of the four species, and said their range had shrunk by as much as 87 percent. As with honeybees, a pathogen is partly involved, but the researchers also found evidence of inbreeding caused by habitat loss. We provide incontrovertible evidence that multiple Bombus species have experienced sharp population declines at the national level," the researchers reported in the...
  • EPA Document Shows It Knowingly Allowed Pesticide That Kills Honey Bees

    12/16/2010 12:57:10 PM PST · by frithguild · 33 replies
    Fast Company ^ | December 10, 2010 | Ariel Schwartz
    The world honey bee population has plunged in recent years, worrying beekeepers and farmers who know how critical bee pollination is for many crops. A number of theories have popped up as to why the North American honey bee population has declined--electromagnetic radiation, malnutrition, and climate change have all been pinpointed. Now a leaked EPA document reveals that the agency allowed the widespread use of a bee-toxic pesticide, despite warnings from EPA scientists. The document, which was leaked to a Colorado beekeeper, shows that the EPA has ignored warnings about the use of clothianidin, a pesticide produced by Bayer that...
  • Bees' tiny brains beat computers, study finds

    10/25/2010 7:18:50 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 31 replies ^ | 10/24/2010
    Bees can solve complex mathematical problems which keep computers busy for days, research has shown. The insects learn to fly the shortest route between flowers discovered in random order, effectively solving the "travelling salesman problem" , said scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London. The conundrum involves finding the shortest route that allows a travelling salesman to call at all the locations he has to visit. Computers solve the problem by comparing the length of all possible routes and choosing the one that is shortest. Bees manage to reach the same solution using a brain the size of a grass...
  • Lynwood cop arrested in spree shootings (Honey Bee Gunman)

    A Lynwood police officer has been arrested in connection with the shooting of three people, one fatally, along the Illinois-Indiana border this week, authorities say. Brian Dorian, 37, was arrested on first-degree murder charges after a warrant was served at a home in south suburban Lynwood, according to the Will County sheriff's office. He is being held on $2.5 million bail.
  • British beekeeper breeds 'super-bee' that protects itself from deadly mite wiping out colonies

    08/24/2010 5:29:35 PM PDT · by dennisw · 42 replies
    dailymail ^ | 25th August 2010 | By Chris Brooke
    Ron Hoskins has found a breed of the insect that protects itself against the parasite blamed for the alarming fall in numbers. The 79-year-old made the discovery after realising that one of his hives had far fewer deaths from the varroa mite than others. He found that the insects in that hive 'groomed' each other to get rid of the mites before they had the chance to do any harm. Now he is attempting to spread his mite-resistant breed of bees by cross-breeding them with queens from other hives. Decline: The UK's bee population had dropped by 60 per cent...
  • Sweet little hobby (Happy (belated) National Honey Bee Awareness Day!!!)

    08/23/2010 9:22:39 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Arkansas Democrat Gazette (subscription may be needed) ^ | 21 AUG 10 | JANET CARSON-Arkansas Democrat Gazette
    Sweet little hobby Create a buzz, and help distressed bees, with your own hive JANET CARSON SPECIAL TO THE DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE While some people fear bees and many worry about getting stung, these little insects more than redeem themselves as the primary pollinators of plants worldwide. Today is National Honeybee Appreciation Day — well deserved because it’s estimated that more than 80 percent of flowering plants and almost a third of human food crops need bees as pollinators. Reports have been claiming the loss of bee populations is due to mites, pesticides and human activities. Many species of pollinators, including bees,...
  • Could Bees hHelp Keep Elephants Away From Crops in Africa?

    06/15/2010 12:26:26 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 173+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, June 15, 2010
    It is said that elephants are afraid of mice, but scientists have discovered what elephants are really afraid of: bees. It turns out that the enormous mammals sound an alarm when they encounter bees, and that knowledge could help save African farmers' crops from elephants -- and could save elephants, too. Elephants and humans don't always live well together, particularly in African countries including Kenya. A single hungry elephant can wipe out a family's crops overnight. During the harvest season, farmers will huddle by fires all night, and when an elephant comes near, they will jump up with flaming sticks...
  • Schumer speaks out against 'honey laundering'

    06/10/2010 11:21:28 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 38 replies · 368+ views
    Copyright © 2010 Finger Lakes Times - All rights reserved ^ | Thursday, June 10, 2010 11:56 AM CDT | by SEAN McCRACKEN/
    U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for a crackdown on a unique brand of laundering. Not money or drug laundering, but honey. Schumer, D-N.Y., announced yesterday that his office will press Immigrations and Custom Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration to more stringently regulate mislabeled honey brought into the country and the state by Chinese exporters. Almost 10 years ago, Chinese honey became the subject of special taxes when it was found that Chinese honey traders were engaging in what Schumer called “predatory trade practices.” Schumer said, since then, those traders have gone to extraordinary...
  • Biblical Bees Imported from Turkey?.....

    06/10/2010 11:28:37 AM PDT · by TaraP · 8 replies · 185+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | JUne 10th, 2010
    Ancient Biblical beehives have been discovered in the northern Israeli site of Tel Rehov, in the Jordan Valley. Archaeologists found the 3,000-year-old remains of honeybees – including workers, drones, pupae and larvae – inside some 30 clay cylinders, according to a report published in the June 8 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A high-resolution microscope was used to study the bodies of the small insects. The scientists said they found that their legs and wings appeared to indicate they more closely resemble the bees found in modern-day Turkey than those of present-day Israel. The bee...
  • Buzz kill! Is this 'bee Armageddon'?

    04/26/2010 6:37:08 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 47 replies · 1,256+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 4/25/2010 | Chelsea Schilling
    What is devastating the world's honeybees? In what appears to be a honeybee mystery of Armageddon proportions that has baffled scientists and beekeepers, more than one-third of the nation's bee population is mysteriously disappearing – and researchers warn the unexplained phenomenon threatens one-third of the American diet.
  • Scientists stumped as bee population declines further

    03/29/2010 8:48:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 116 replies · 1,814+ views
    AFT via ^ | 3/29/2010 | Staff
    The decline in the US bee population, first observed in 2006, is continuing, a phenomenon that still baffles researchers and beekeepers. Data from the US Department of Agriculture show a 29 percent drop in beehives in 2009, following a 36 percent decline in 2008 and a 32 percent fall in 2007. This affects not only honey production but around 15 billion dollars worth of crops that depend on bees for pollination. Scientists call the phenomenon "colony collapse disorder" that has led to the disappearance of millions of adult bees and beehives and occurred elsewhere in the world including in Europe....
  • Mobile phone towers threaten honey bees: study (INDIA)

    03/29/2010 8:57:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies · 1,095+ views ^ | 8-31-2009 | Staff
    NEW DELHI – The electromagnetic waves emitted by mobile phone towers and cellphones can pose a threat to honey bees, a study published in India has concluded. An experiment conducted in the southern state of Kerala found that a sudden fall in the bee population was caused by towers installed across the state by cellphone companies to increase their network. The electromagnetic waves emitted by the towers crippled the "navigational skills" of the worker bees that go out to collect nectar from flowers to sustain bee colonies, said Dr. Sainuddin Pattazhy, who conducted the study, the Press Trust of India...
  • When heated, high-fructose corn syrup can be dangerous

    10/02/2009 9:34:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 114 replies · 2,646+ views
    R&D Daily ^ | August 26, 2009 | NA
    Researchers have established the conditions that foster formation of potentially dangerous levels of a toxic substance in the high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) often fed to honey bees. Their study, which appears in the current issue of ACS' bi-weekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, could also help keep the substance out of soft drinks and dozens of other human foods that contain HFCS. The substance, hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), forms mainly from heating fructose. In the new study, Blaise LeBlanc and Gillian Eggleston and colleagues note HFCS's ubiquitous usage as a sweetener in beverages and processed foods. Some commercial beekeepers also feed...
  • Honey bees work to deliver liquid gold

    08/29/2009 9:44:32 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 599+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. Justin Naylor, USA
    Saier Bibi, a farmer in the Qaytul village of Kirkuk province, works his new beehives during a visit to his farm by a representative from the United States Agency for International Development and the senior agricultural advisor from the Kirkuk Provincial Reconstruction Team, Aug. 20. Photo by Pfc. Justin Naylor, 1st Cavalry Division. KIRKUK — U.S. development and reconstruction teams recently visited local farmers in the village of Qaytul to check up on those who had received bee farming equipment as part of a year-long project designed to increase the income of small farm owners here. "The Honey Bee Hive...
  • Tourists warned as Asian hornets terrorise French

    08/20/2009 6:12:56 AM PDT · by C210N · 16 replies · 1,033+ views
    telegraph ^ | 8/19/2009 | Henry Samuel
    Tourists are being warned to steer clear of Asian hornets that are colonising France, after swarms of the aggressive predators attacked seven people. The bee-eating hornets, instantly recognisable by their yellow feet, are rapidly spreading round France and entomologists fear that they will eventually cross the Channel and arrive in Britain. ... They first settled in the forests of Aquitaine, but quickly fanned out to surrounding areas, thriving on rising temperatures linked to global warming and the lack of indigenous predators.
  • Beekeepers: Something Is Wrong

    05/27/2009 5:03:33 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 109 replies · 2,459+ views ^ | 5/27/2009 | Michael G. Mickey
    On a number of occasions in the past I have documented the disappearing act our honeybees are performing, commonly referred to as colony collapse disorder, and the impact it may have in relation to bible prophecy. It's time to revisit that issue. I've heard it said that one of out of every three bites of food we eat in a day exists because of honey bees. If that's correct, we have a lot to be concerned about where the survival of the honeybee is concerned and beekeepers are sounding the alarm once again. Something is wrong, they're telling us. The...
  • Cure For Honey Bee Colony Collapse? (How will Obama take credit for this)

    04/15/2009 11:09:59 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 12 replies · 836+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4/15/2009 | Adapted from materials provided by Wiley - Blackwell, via AlphaGalileo.
    For the first time, scientists have isolated the parasite Nosema ceranae (Microsporidia) from professional apiaries suffering from honey bee colony depopulation syndrome. They then went on to treat the infection with complete success.
  • Don't let claims on honey labels dupe you; If it's made in America, it's likely not organic

    01/02/2009 6:49:24 AM PST · by Daffynition · 76 replies · 2,719+ views
    Seattle P-I ^ | December 30, 2008 | ANDREW SCHNEIDER
    When it comes to sizing up the purity of the honey you buy, you're pretty much on your own. You may be paying more for honey labeled "certified organic" or feel reassured by the "USDA Grade A" seal, but the truth is, there are few federal standards for honey, no government certification and no consequences for making false claims. For American-made honey, the "organic" boast, experts say, is highly suspect. Beekeepers may be doing their part, but honeybees have a foraging range of several miles, exposing them to pesticides, fertilizers and pollutants on their way back to the hive. And...
  • A $65,000 garden for bees

    12/16/2008 5:39:03 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 448+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Tuesday, December 16, 2008 | Judy Lowe
    Gardeners are well aware of the importance of bees, and that tens of thousands of bees have been killed by what's called colony collapse disorder. But what does it take to get an ice-cream maker involved in trying to solve the problem? Two factors may help -- the realization that almonds are 100 percent reliant on bees for pollination -- and that the company uses 1 million pounds of almonds a year. Also, of course, that doing good can provide an opportunity to look good in the eyes of customers. So, back in February, Häagen-Dazs ice cream launched a bee-friendly...
  • Bayer Pesticide Chemicals Linked to Devastating Collapse of Honeybee Populations

    10/01/2008 1:47:28 PM PDT · by Scythian · 175 replies · 3,753+ views
    (NaturalNews) German government researchers have concluded that a bestselling Bayer pesticide is responsible for the recent massive die-off of honeybees across the country's Baden-Württemberg region. In response, the government has banned an entire family of pesticides, fueling accusations that pesticides may be responsible for the current worldwide epidemic of honeybee die-offs. Researchers found buildup of the pesticide clothianidin in the tissues of 99 percent of dead bees in Baden-Württemberg state. The German Research Center for Cultivated Plants concluded that nearly 97 percent of honeybee deaths had been caused directly by contact with the insecticide."It can unequivocally be concluded that a...
  • Fungus Foot Baths Could Save Bees

    07/28/2008 10:50:43 AM PDT · by decimon · 18 replies · 95+ views
    University of Warwick ^ | Jul 28, 2008 | Unknown
    Varroa on bee pupae One of the biggest world wide threats to honey bees, the varroa mite, could soon be about to meet its nemesis. Researchers at the University of Warwick are examining naturally occurring fungi that kill the varroa mite. They are also exploring a range of ways to deliver the killer fungus throughout the hives from bee fungal foot baths to powder sprays. It well known that bees world wide are suffering serious declines and one of the causes of that decline is the varroa mite, Varroa destructor. Varroa mites feed on the circulatory fluid of honey bee...
  • Commercially bred bees spread disease to wild bees

    07/23/2008 4:16:20 AM PDT · by decimon · 19 replies · 208+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jul 22, 2008 | Will Dunham
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Disease spread to wild bees from commercially bred bees used for pollination in agriculture greenhouses may be playing a role in the mysterious decline in North American bee populations, researchers said on Tuesday. < > "All of the different species of bumblebees that we sampled around greenhouses showed the same pattern: really high levels of infection near greenhouses and then declining levels of infection as you moved out," said Michael Otterstatter of the University of Toronto, one of the researchers. < >
  • Honey Bee Crisis Could Lead to Higher Food Prices

    06/29/2008 5:43:52 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 58 replies · 109+ views ^ | June 28, 2008 | Stephanie Garlow
    WASHINGTON -- Food prices could rise even more unless the mysterious decline in honey bees is solved, farmers and businessmen told lawmakers Thursday. "No bees, no crops," North Carolina grower Robert D. Edwards told a House Agriculture subcommittee. Edwards said he had to cut his cucumber acreage in half because of the lack of bees available to rent. About three-quarters of flowering plants rely on birds, bees and other pollinators to help them reproduce. Bee pollination is responsible for $15 billion annually in crop value.In 2006, beekeepers began reporting losing 30 percent to 90 percent of their hives. This phenomenon...
  • Flowers' Fragrance Diminished by Air Pollution (Cars Are to Blame)

    05/24/2008 6:14:48 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 12 replies · 187+ views
    UVA Today ^ | April 10, 2008 | Staff Writer
    Air pollution from power plants and automobiles is destroying the fragrance of flowers and thereby inhibiting the ability of pollinating insects to follow scent trails to their source, a new University of Virginia study indicates. This could partially explain why wild populations of some pollinators, particularly bees – which need nectar for food – are declining in several areas of the world, including California and the Netherlands. The study appears online in the journal Atmospheric Environment. "The scent molecules produced by flowers in a less polluted environment, such as in the 1800s, could travel for roughly 1,000 to 1,200 meters;...
  • Mass honeybee deaths go unabated in US hives

    Feb 7 A malady that's killed billions of bees since 2006, threatening about $15 billion in pollinated crops, has been detected again, according to the US Department of Agriculture's top honeybee researcher.
  • Greek experts look out for lost honey bees

    01/27/2008 6:22:33 PM PST · by Flavius · 30 replies · 69+ views
    earth times ^ | 27 Jan 2008 | earth times
    ATHENS, Greece, Jan. 26 Greek experts have expressed concern for the unexplained disappearance of large quantities of honey bees.
  • Honeybees may be wiped out in 10 years

    01/24/2008 7:37:16 AM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 20 replies · 482+ views ^ | Sunday, January 20, 2008 | Jasper Copping
    Honeybees will die out in Britain within a decade as virulent diseases and parasites spread through the nation's hives, experts have warned. Whole colonies of bees are already being wiped out, with current methods of pest control unable to stop the problem. The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) said that if the crisis continued, honeybees would disappear completely from Britain by 2018, causing "calamitous" economic and environmental problems. It called on the Government to restart shelved research programmes and to fund new ones to try to save the insects. Tim Lovett, the association's president, said: "The situation has become insupportable and...
  • Scientists Find Clue to Cause of Bee Disease

    09/06/2007 3:03:25 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 53 replies · 466+ views ^ | September 6, 2007 | Anita Weier
    Researchers at Pennsylvania State University, Columbia and other institutions have found a virus that they say contributes to the mysterious collapse of honeybee colonies around the United States. "Our extensive study suggests that the Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus may be a potential cause of Colony Collapse Disorder," said W. Ian Lipkin of Columbia University. The virus was the only likely cause, either alone or with other factors, that they discovered in a three-year study. "Our next step is to ascertain whether this virus, alone or in concert with other factors such as microbes, toxins and stressors, can induce CCD in...
  • Honey Makes 'Comeback' as Natural Disease Fighter

    12/26/2007 1:04:55 PM PST · by decimon · 92 replies · 260+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 26, 2007 | Unknown
    Amid growing concern over drug-resistant superbugs and nonhealing wounds that endanger diabetes patients, nature's original antibiotic — honey — is making a comeback.< >He said the Medihoney dressing can also prevent the dangerous drug-resistant staph infection known as MRSA from infecting open wounds. "It's been used on wounds where nothing else will work," said biochemist Peter Molan, a professor at the University of Waikato in New Zealand who has researched honey and other natural antibiotics for 25 years.He's found manuka honey can kill the toughest bacteria even when diluted 10 times and recommends it especially for people with weak immune...
  • Virus May Be Cause of US Honeybee Deaths

    09/06/2007 11:35:27 AM PDT · by decimon · 35 replies · 1,036+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 06, 2007 | ANDREW BRIDGES
    WASHINGTON - Scientific sleuths have a new suspect for what's been killing billions of honeybees: a virus previously unknown in the United States. The scientists report using a novel genetic technique and old-fashioned statistics to identify Israeli acute paralysis virus as the latest potential culprit in the widespread deaths of worker bees, a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder. Next up are attempts to infect honeybees with the newfound virus to see if it's indeed a killer. "At least we have a lead now we can begin to follow. We can use it as a marker and we can use...
  • Are aliens stealing our honeybees?

    07/18/2007 7:13:33 PM PDT · by SJackson · 19 replies · 456+ views
    Backwoods Home ^ | 7-17-07 | John Silveira
    What would happen if all the honeybees disappeared? According to some pundits we’d see a collapse in much of our food base followed by shortages, turmoil, and, depending on how severe the shortages became, millions of deaths. Now, not many people think about honeybees, but honeybees are about more than just honey. They are more important to us because they are part of the reproductive cycle of many flowering plants including many of the fruits and vegetables we depend on. According to a study at Cornell University, every third bite we put in our mouths is a direct result of...
  • The secret death of bees

    05/12/2007 10:36:36 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 144 replies · 4,977+ views
    Bees are big business. They are crucial to pollination of $14 billion in food crops and a third of the food we eat. If bees have a problem, we all have a problem. And bees have a big problem. The chief apiary inspector for the state of Texas calls it "a hell of a problem." As many as a quarter of the nation's commercially kept bees went missing last year, presumed dead, in a phenomenon now called colony collapse disorder. Inspector Paul Jackson said it is as much a mystery in Texas as it is in 24 other states and...
  • Experts may have found what's bugging the bees (it's not cell phones)

    05/02/2007 6:59:29 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 35 replies · 1,961+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 26, 2007 | Jia-Rui Chong and Thomas H. Maugh II
    A fungus that caused widespread loss of bee colonies in Europe and Asia may be playing a crucial role in the mysterious phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder that is wiping out bees across the United States, UC San Francisco researchers said Wednesday. Researchers have been struggling for months to explain the disorder, and the new findings provide the first solid evidence pointing to a potential cause. But the results are "highly preliminary" and are from only a few hives from Le Grand in Merced County, UCSF biochemist Joe DeRisi said. "We don't want to give anybody the impression that...
  • Honeybee Die-Off Threatens Food Supply

    05/04/2007 1:15:21 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 64 replies · 1,820+ views
    AP ^ | May 03, 2007 | Seth Borenstein
    BELTSVILLE, Md. -- Unless someone or something stops it soon, the mysterious killer that is wiping out many of the nation's honeybees could have a devastating effect on America's dinner plate, perhaps even reducing us to a glorified bread-and-water diet. Honeybees don't just make honey; they pollinate more than 90 of the tastiest flowering crops we have. Among them: apples, nuts, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, squash and cucumbers. And lots of the really sweet and tart stuff, too, including citrus fruit, peaches, kiwi, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, cantaloupe and other melons. In fact, about one-third of the human diet...