Monthly Archives: February 2007

Nosema ceranae – a new threat to Apis mellifera honey bees

In 1995, Professor Ingemar Fries of the Swedish Agricultural University, Uppsala and an expert on Nosema in bees, visited China where he described a new microsporidium, Nosema ceranae, in indigenous honey bees Apis cerana. Read more

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Professor sees swarm smarts in honeybees

Research, presented at a Department of Biology colloquium on Jan. 17, shows evidence that bees rely on a quorum, rather than a consensus, to choose a new nest. Read more

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Bee researchers call for cash to study mysterious disorder

Researchers trying to figure out what is causing honeybees across the nation to disappear from their hives need two things along with their expertise – time and money. Read more

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Hornets hit France and could reach Britain

Swarms of giant hornets renowned for their vicious stings and skill at massacring honeybees have settled in France. And there are now so many of the insects that entomologists fear it will just be a matter of time before they … Continue reading

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Honeydew honeys are better antioxidants than nectar honeys

A study of 36 Spanish honeys from different floral origins revealed that honeys generated by bees feeding on honeydew have greater antioxidant properties than those produced by bees feeding on nectar. Read more

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Alberta beekeepers watching mysterious U.S. hive ailment

Alberta has 250,000 bee colonies, more than any other province. If the bee population in the province shrinks, there will be a drop in the pollination of canola crops. Read more

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Different type of bee could help with local pollination

There may be hope for cultivating a different type of bee, called the blue orchard bee. The bee usually doesn’t emerge from its hive early enough for almond bloom, but there may be ways to manipulate its life cycle to … Continue reading

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Bees wearing reflectors help scientists track insects’ training flights

Studying how bees do this has long stymied researchers, because bees fly too far and too fast to watch with the naked eye, and they are too small to wear energy-emitting devices required for radio tracking. But a newly developed … Continue reading

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Bee shortage may raise prices for hives

An anticipated shortage of honey bees to pollinate California crops is not expected to have a big impact on the Central Coast, as there are few crops here that require pollination, agriculture officials said. Read more

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Mystery disease is threat to bee colonies

A mysterious illness is killing tens of thousands of honeybee colonies across the country, threatening honey production, the livelihood of beekeepers and possibly crops that need bees for pollination. Read more

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