Monthly Archives: December 2006

European honeybee’s origin is Africa, not Asia, and the bee just got 35 mill. years older

According to research published recently in Science, an international professional journal published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the four most common subspecies of honey bee originated in Africa and entered Europe in two separate migrations, said … Continue reading

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Killer bees not found yet in North Carolina

North Carolina officials say Africanized honeybees, also known as killer bees, have not reached the state, according to a survey of honeybees by state experts released Friday. Read more

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Biosecurity NZ ignored by Minister

National’s Biosecurity spokesman, Shane Ardern, says the latest GE corn incident shows the Minister has done nothing to improve border control since the Auditor General’s highly critical report in May this year. Read more

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Honey treats most diseases in Yemen

Scores of medical studies have found that honey can help heal ulcers in the stomach and on the skin. It has also been found to ease diarrhea, insomnia, sunburn, and sore throats. Read more

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New research tool enhances honeybee genomics research

With funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, researchers at the University of Illinois developed and distributed a microarray of the honeybee genome, which will enhance and accelerate research on the honeybee genome. … Continue reading

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Honey researcher says increasing competition for manuka honey

New Zealand’s leading honey researcher says increasing pressure on manuka honey supplies could mean marginal and erosion-prone farmland is converted to plantations. Read more

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Beekeepers in Central Valley resist efforts to keep bees from citrus

Growers of Clementines and other seedless oranges gaining popularity among consumers say cross-pollination by bees is creating unwanted seeds in their crops. They want to establish no-fly zones to end the apian invasions. Read more

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Nature’s antibiotic – bee propolis

A little-known product from bees (among non beekeepers I suppose) can really improve your health without prescription antibiotics…. Read more

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Why do some queen bees eat their worker bee’s eggs?

Worker bees, wasps, and ants are often considered neuter. But in many species they are females with ovaries, who although unable to mate, can lay unfertilized eggs which turn into males if reared. For some species, such as bumble bees, … Continue reading

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U.S. Military not ready to rely on bees for explosives detection

An apparently unauthorized news release regarding the use of bees to detect certain explosives has drawn a rebuke from the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Read more

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