Monthly Archives: August 2008

Beekeepers suspect pesticide in hive deaths

Los Banos beekeeper Gene Brandi made a decision last year that cut into his bottom line, but he thinks it may ensure the survival of his bees. He will no longer allow his bees to pollinate watermelon crops – no … Continue reading

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Crops under threat as parasites kill off a third of Britain’s bees

Honeybees are being killed off in huge numbers by parasites, threatening the crucial pollination of crops. A record one in three of the 240,000 hives in Britain did not survive the spring and the main culprit is the varroa mite. … Continue reading

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Bee researchers unveil tool to chase Colony Collapse Disorder

University of Montana researchers and their UM-affiliated company, Bee Alert Technology Inc., have employed a new tool created by a U.S. Army lab to discover a honeybee virus invading North America. Read More

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Concern over varroa funding in New Zealand

Farmers and beekeepers say they are worried the Government will “desert” beekeepers and look to farmers to help pay for controls on the spread of varroa mites. Read More

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Beekeeper can’t give away free honey

A Guelph beekeeper has been ordered by the Toronto Board of Health to stop giving out samples at his CNE booth, because the board says eating anything in the same area as animals is a public health risk. Read More

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Varroa controls maintained for another year in New Zealand

The Government has approved bringing forward varroa funding to maintain North and South Island movement control lines until July 2009, Biosecurity Minister Jim Anderton said today. Read More

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More Asian honey bees detected in North Qld

Surveillance will be intensified south of Gordonvale after six foraging Asian honey bees were detected near Walsh’s Pyramid on Monday afternoon. Read More

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Germans probing whether Bayer pesticide caused honeybee colony collapse

A German prosecutor is investigating Werner Wenning , Bayer’s chairman, and Friedrich Berschauer , the head of Bayer CropScience , after critics alleged that they knowingly polluted the environment. Read More

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Honeybee killer may be a couple of pesticides

There is good news and bad news in the gardening world. Good news? Some scientists believe that the killer of honeybees has been identified as a couple of specific pesticides (both are artificial nicotine-like products) that infuse plants systemically, poisoning … Continue reading

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More bee mites found in Hilo

The state Department of Agriculture reported Monday it located two more varroa mites among 2,850 bees from a feral beehive in Hilo over the weekend. Read More

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