Category Archives: Diseases and pesticides

Zombie honeybees discovered in Washington state

A novice beekeeper in Washington state said this week that he’s found evidence that a parasite which takes control of honeybees much like an imagined “zombie” virus is spreading into new areas, according to The Seattle Times. Read More

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Pesticides not yet proven guilty of causing honeybee declines

The impact of crop pesticides on honeybee colonies is unlikely to cause colony collapse, according to a paper in the journal Science. More research is now needed to predict the impact of widely-used agricultural insecticides, called neonicotinoids, on honeybee populations. … Continue reading

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Farmers accuse Madagascar mining giant of killing

A swath of farmland around a giant nickel and cobalt mine in Madagascar has been contaminated by pesticides that have wiped out local bee populations, a group of farmers claimed Tuesday. Read More

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Zombie flies threaten Northwest honeybees

Researcher finds bees infected in Oregon Read More

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Insecticides taking toll on honeybees

When I first wrote about the mysterious epidemic of honeybee mortality in early 2007, the phenomenon had just been termed colony collapse disorder, or CCD. Scientists were at a loss to explain why bees were wandering away from hives and … Continue reading

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Parasitic fly creates “zombie bees” — a new factor explaining Colony Collapse Disorder Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/034982_honeybees_zombies_colony_collapse.html#ixzz1me36oSer

Researchers at a California university have found a parasitic fly which causes honeybees to become disoriented and abandon their hives before dying, behavior which made one of the researchers compare them to zombies. Read more

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Even low doses of insecticides put honeybees at risk

Scientists in France have discovered that honeybees are at a higher risk of dying from infection by Nosema ceranae (N. ceranae) when they are exposed to low doses of insecticides. The results, presented in the journal PLoS ONE, support the … Continue reading

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UN report into mass honeybee deaths provides no simple solution

A recent Unep report fails to fully explain the crisis facing honeybees or address its underlying causes Read more

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Another bee disease confirmed nationally

Beekeepers are resigned to having to manage another bee disease: hive testing has revealed the presence of Nosema ceranae in both the North and South islands. Read more

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European Union move to push listing of Endosulfan to benefit European Crop protection industry

The Pesticide Manufacturers and Formulators Association of India (PMFAI) held a press conference today and invited speakers who pointed to European Union’s (EU) role in steering proceedings at international chemical conventions. The Stockholm Convention has been exploited by European Commission … Continue reading

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