Category Archives: Diseases and pesticides

European Union Exploits Stockholm Convention

Driven by trade interest, EU is pushing Endosulfan for POP listing Elimination of Endosulfan is expected to severely impact pollination and India’s farming Read more

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MP suggests pesticides contributing to demise of bees

AN OPPOSITION MP has called on the Government to do more to stem the decline of bee numbers in the UK. In a letter to Defra, Martin Caton, the Labour MP for Gower, suggested that a group of systemic pesticides … Continue reading

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New research on honeybee illness

Ecologist Colin Henderson co-authored a study that may have identified the cause of the honeybee illness that has plagued U.S. bees since 2006. Henderson, 59, is an associate professor of biology at the University of Montana. He and colleagues there … Continue reading

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USDA Finds Bayer Pesticide Harmful to Honeybees

According to a report by Mike McCarthy, environment editor of the U.K.-based Independent, the lead researcher at the USDA’s very own Bee Research Laboratory completed research two years ago suggesting that even extremely low levels of exposure to neonicotinoids makes … Continue reading

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Boffins hope to use DNA to kill off mite destroying Kent’s bee population

Beekeepers across Kent have welcomed news of a breakthrough in the fight against the blood-sucking varroa mite parasite – but with reservations about its effectiveness. Read more

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Modifying mites ‘not the answer’

Genetically engineering varroa mites to self destruct is no solution for New Zealand beekeepers, says the Soil and Health Association Read more

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Scientists and Soldiers Solve a Bee Mystery

Since 2006, 20 to 40 percent of the bee colonies in the United States alone have suffered “colony collapse.” Suspected culprits ranged from pesticides to genetically modified food. Now, a unique partnership — of military scientists and entomologists — appears … Continue reading

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Insecticide implicated in bee decline

Honeybees, bumblebees and many other insects are being slowly poisoned to death by persistent insecticides used to protect agricultural crops. Small doses of the toxic chemicals accumulate over time, meaning that there is no safe level of exposure. That’s the … Continue reading

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New Honeybee Breed Key to Combating Colony Collapse Disorder

A British beekeeper has been working on creating a new strain of honeybee resistant to the varroa mite, a prime suspect in colony collapse disorder (CCD), and it looks like he’s hit a high note after 18 years of careful … Continue reading

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UPDATE 2-Monsanto fined $2.5 mln on pesticide/seed misbrand

Monsanto Co (MON.N) has agreed to pay a $2.5 million fine for misbranding biotech cotton seeds in what regulators called the largest settlement of its kind for violating U.S. insecticide law.

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