Monthly Archives: July 2008

Bee research aims for diverse bee genetic pool

University of California Davis bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey and Steve Sheppard, a professor and apiculturist at Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., are investigating several races of the Western or European honey bee (Apis mellifera), which European settlers brought to America … Continue reading

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Fungal Foot-Bath Antidote For Colony Collapse Disorder In Bees

Scientists at University of Warwick’s plant research group Warwick HRI and Rothamsted Research have come up with a new technique of fighting the Varroa mite that causes the highly destructive Colony Collapse Disorder among bees. Read More

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Greenhouse bees spread disease (more on spread to bumble bees)

Washington – 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. Read More

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Co-operation key to varroa control

Federated Farmers Bee chairman John Hartnell says the joint co-operation between individual beekeepers, industry representatives and MAF Biosecurity New Zealand is keeping varroa contained in the South Island. Read More

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Sick apiary bees threaten wild hives and crops

Wild bumblebees are probably contracting a disorienting and often fatal disease from their commercial cousins, contributing to the decline of pollinators in North America, according to a Canadian study. Read More

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USDA awards $4.1 million to study Colony Collapse Disorder

Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer announced today [17th of July] that more than $4 million will be awarded to the University of Georgia to study the causes of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and other diseases affecting bee populations, whose pollination is … Continue reading

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Bees Enlisted to Attack Crows in Tokyo

After years of being attacked by crows, a colony of seabirds nesting in Tokyo is getting an unlikely ally: the tiny honeybee. Read More

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Bumble-bees go ‘off-colour’ when they are sickly

Bumble-bees go ‘off colour’ and can’t remember which flowers have the most nectar when they are feeling under the weather, a new study from the University of Leicester reveals. (…) there is concern about both the decline in wild bumble-bee … Continue reading

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Australia urged to breed varroa-resistent bees

Australian bee keepers are being urged to start breeding varroa mite resistant bees before the mite enters Australia. Read More

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Bee blamed for causing minor helicopter crash

Wood County authorities said an Oklahoma man piloting a crop-dusting helicopter crashed after a bee got sucked into the cockpit and stung him. Read More

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