Archives – December, 2012

How Are Dying Bees Affecting Our Lives?

From: National Geographic

 

Posted by Drew Hendricks

 

Getting stung by a bee can hurt, but losing bees forever can hurt even more. It may be hard to see why bees are so important to us, but did you know that 1 of every 3 bites of food we take comes from a pollinated plant or an animal that depends on bee pollination? And yet, since the mid-2000s, bees have been mysteriously vanishing.

 

Leave a Comment December 31, 2012

Researchers still seeking to understand Colony Collapse Disorder

From: Mount Airy News

 

by David Broyles

 

RALEIGH — The positive outlook of North Carolina State University  Entomologist Dr. David Tarpy is admirable in the face of science’s methodical  collection of clues to answer Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) across America  among honeybees.

 

“I think there are several silver linings in the importance of CCD and public  awareness is right up there among them,” said Tarpy. “The media’s frantic coverage really presented the importance of bees to our food supply in a way to the public that persists even after the coverage has receded.”

 

Leave a Comment December 28, 2012

The Value of Bees

From: BBC

 

Bee stings could be new Botox

An expensive bee sting could top the wish list for many beauty conscious women this Christmas.

Sales of New Zealand creams that contain bee venom are booming.

But there have been warnings about possible side-effects, as Greg Ward reports.

 

Leave a Comment December 26, 2012

Curiosities: How are the honeybees doing?

From: Wisconsin State Journal

 

by University Communications

 

Q: How are the honeybees doing? I don’t hear as much about colony  collapse disorder these days.

 

A: When it made headlines in 2006, colony collapse disorder  alarmed entomologists and beekeepers alike. Entire honeybee colonies were dying,  threatening beekeepers’ incomes and the farmers and fruits that depend on bees  for pollination.

 

Leave a Comment December 24, 2012

How to measure the global bee decline

From: Wired.co.uk

 

By Philippa Warr

 

Biologists searching for an effective way to monitor the world’s bee population may have found their answer in simple pan traps.

 

Changes to global bee populations have been of particular concern recently due to the rise of colony collapse disorder — a phenomenon where worker bees disappear from hives. With around 35 percent of the world’s food supply (around $200 billion-worth) dependent on pollinators like bees, decreases in their number could lead to significant problems with human food crops.

 

Leave a Comment December 21, 2012

EEG conducts its 12th Community Lecture

From: AMEinfo

 

EEG successfully conducted its 12th Community Lecture of the year on the 18th of December 2012, with the film screening of ‘Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees telling us?’ The event which is free and open to the public was hosted by the Canadian University of Dubai.

 

The event was kicked off with a warm speech by Mr. Farid Ahmed; EEG’s Honorary member, who welcomed the attendees to the 12th Community Lecture.
They were provided with a small brief regarding EEG’s activities during the last month.

 

Leave a Comment December 19, 2012

Congressional Research Service on Bee Health

Editor’s Note:  The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has released a report on bee health, attached here.  In the report, CRS states:

 

A 2007 report by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, Status of Pollinators in North America, provides a more detailed scientific context for this report and may be consulted for more in depth understanding about bee health. That study concluded that many factors contribute to pollinator declines in North America, and CRS accedes to that conclusion. Accordingly, the focus of this report on bee exposure to pesticides is not intended to imply that pesticides are any more important in influencing the health and wellness of bees than any of the other identified factors influencing bee health. Pesticides are only one of the many influences on bee health.

Leave a Comment December 17, 2012

Bee pest fight may get new weapon

From: Capital Press

 

Beekeepers ask EPA for use of amitraz to control varroa mites

 

By SEAN ELLIS

 

BOISE — Idaho beekeepers could soon have another tool to use in their battle to control varroa mites, honeybee parasites that have been linked to colony collapse disorder and can devastate hives.

 

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture has asked the Environmental Protection Agency for an emergency exemption that would allow Idaho beekeepers to use the pesticide amitraz.

 

Leave a Comment December 14, 2012

Genetics seen at root of honeybee life

From: UPI

SHEFFIELD, England, Dec. 11 (UPI) — Honeybees’  extreme sensitivity to environmental change has a genetic basis, a study  involving British and Australian scientists has found.

Genetic studies suggest links between nutrition, environment and the insects’  development and may offer clues to the origin of Colony Collapse Disorder, a  mysterious cause of mass bee deaths globally, a release from the University of  Sheffield in Britain said.

Genetics play an important role in honeybees development, researchers  found.

“When the queen bee lays her eggs, worker bees can determine whether the  resulting larvae are to become an adult worker bee or an adult queen bee,”  researcher Paul Hurd from Queen  Mary, University of London, said.

Leave a Comment December 12, 2012

Honey bees’ genetic code unlocked

From: BBC

 

By Mark Kinver

genetic secrets of honey bees’ high sensitivity to environmental change.

 

Scientists from the UK and Australia think their findings could help show links between nutrition, environment and the insects’ development.

 

It could, they suggest, offer an insight into problems like Colony Collapse Disorder, a mysterious cause of mass bee deaths globally.

 

The findings appear in Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

 

“Honey bees live in complex societies comprising tens of thousands of individuals,” explained study co-author Paul Hurd from Queen Mary, University of London.

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