Bücherskorpion Eats Varroa

Editor’s Note: Translated from German via Google Translate, original text here.

From: Berliner Morgenpost

Global beekeeping is one of the greatest problems of our time. Due to the lack of bees, which fulfill an important function in the pollination of many crops, agriculture generates annual losses in double-digit billions. One of the main factors for beekeeping is the Varroa mite, a bee parasite originally living in East Asia, which was introduced to Germany in 1977. The one-millimeter mites feed on bee-larvae and also transmit pathogenic viruses. Up to 30 percent of the bee stocks are destroyed by Varroa mites each year. Fighting has been quite difficult. If the chemical club is used, the bee peoples are attacked. In the case of organic control agents, such as ant or oxalic acid, treatment success is often only 80 percent. Now a small, strange animal gives occasion for new hope: the pseudo-scorpion.

Leave a Comment October 21, 2016

National colony loss one of the lowest in 10 years [Canada]

From: Mantioba Co-Operator

Beekeepers say their death losses are falling, but nobody is exactly sure why


Winter bee mortality rates seem to be dropping, according to data submitted to Health Canada by the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists.

The group told the Health Department, that has been heavily involved in a multi-stakeholder study into the issue, that all provinces either saw similar death rates, or lower death rates than the previous several years.

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Virginia Tech researcher on bees: ‘They are coming back’

From: Collegiate Times

Aly De Angelus, news staff writer

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added seven species of bees to the nation’s endangered species list on Friday, Oct. 1. Despite popular opinion, Virginia Tech researchers believe that these native-Hawaiian yellow-faced bees do not reflect the status of bees on a global scale, nor should the public be concerned about species extinction.


Chorba says that in the past weeks, media outlets have skewed their coverage on bees to fit an agenda rather than demonstrating the science that has been provided. Among the many discrepancies, the Hawaiian yellow-faced bees have been referred to as a type of honeybee themselves.

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Neonics study concludes clothianidin not harmful to bees

From: Farmers Weekly


Researchers tested the composition of the pollen collected by the bees, residue levels of clothianidin in pollen, nectar and honey, colony development of the bumblebees, colony strength, development, honey production and health of the honeybees and the reproductive performance of the solitary bees.

The study showed no adverse effects under field conditions in any of these parameters.

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How Israel is saving the honeybees

From: The Jerusalem Post

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Bee health in CSIRO research spotlight

From: The Examiner

Piia Wirsu

“The varroa mite has been a major cause of disruptive management of hives from everywhere in the world … When the mite arrived in the U.K. there was a huge loss in beekeeping industry,” De Souza said.


In recent years, the parasite has made its way to New Zealand, making Australian beekeepers nervous it could soon hit our hives. Since the mite arrived in New Zealand, wild honey bee populations have plummeted to 10 per cent of their original size.

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Hearing Set for EPA Motion for Summary Judgment in Neonicotinoid Treated Seed Proceedings

From: The National Law Review

Article By Lisa M. Campbell Lisa R. Burchi

The following documents have been filed in the Anderson v. McCarthy proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California:  (1) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Notice of Motion and Motion for Summary Judgment; (2) Defendant-Intervenors CropLife America, et al.’s Notice of Motion and Motion for Summary Judgment; and (3) Plaintiffs’ Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment.

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Europe’s neonicotinoid ban contributed to one-third drop in Britain’s rapeseed

From: Reuters via Genetic Literacy Project


Britain’s rapeseed harvest fell this year by almost one-third due to poor yields and a prolonged decline in the planted area which is expected to continue next season, the National Farmers Union said.

The NFU put UK rapeseed production this year at 1.7 million tonnes, down 32.5 percent year-on-year and well below the five-year average of 2.5 million.

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Technology, society and the business of giving back

From: ITPro

Tech for good isn’t just about helping the planet or people, it’s a new way of doing business


A tech solution to save bees

There’s major potential in using tech to save endangered species, particularly bees. In the 1950s, there were 50 species of bee, but now there are only 25. Their decline has been provoked by a plethora of causes, from climate change to diseases. But two tech companies have developed a solution that could save them.

Leave a Comment October 11, 2016

Believe it or not, the bees are doing just fine

From: The Washington Post | WonkBlog


The bees you’re more familiar with — the ones that buzz around your yard dipping into flowers, making honey, pollinating crops and generally keeping the world’s food supply from collapsing? Those bees are doing just fine, according to data released by the USDA this year.

In 2015, there were 2.66 million commercial honey-producing bee colonies in the United States. That’s down slightly from the 2.74 million colonies in 2014, which represented a two-decade high. The number of commercial bee colonies is still significantly higher than it was in 2006, when colony collapse disorder — the mass die-offs that began afflicting U.S. honeybee colonies — was first documented.

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