Archives – September, 2014

CRE Sends Letter to US Presidential Task Force on Bee Health Decline

Dear Administrator McCarthy,

The Center for Regulatory Effectiveness has prepared the attached Memorandum  on bee health to assist you in responding to the President.  Please note that virtually all the information presented herein is based upon documents prepared by national governments studying the same issue.

We look forward to working with the Task Force in using the best available science to protect pollinators.

Jim Tozzi

Member, Board of Advisors

Center for Regulatory Effectiveness

 

 

Leave a Comment September 29, 2014

The Dreaded ‘Green Blob’ Is The Most Dire Threat To Bees

From: Forbes

Henry I. Miller

If neonicotinoid pesticides were banned–as activists are demanding–U.S. farmers’ productivity would drop and they would resort to more toxic chemicals, the nation’s agricultural economy would be damaged, food prices would increase, and bees would be much worse off.

Magazine editor and satirist H.L. Mencken was right that there is an easy solution to every human problem—and that it is invariably neat, plausible, and wrong.  In that category is the insistence of anti-pesticide crusaders and the organic food industry that federal regulators should ban neonicotinoids (“neonics” for short), the mostly widely used class of pesticides.

Leave a Comment September 24, 2014

Group fosters cooperation between farmers, beekeepers

From: The News Star

Johnny Morgan

BATON ROUGE – Agricultural producers, beekeepers and pesticide applicators are working together in an effort to minimize the damage chemicals may have on honeybee populations in Louisiana.

LSU AgCenter entomologist Sebe Brown said the Louisiana Pollinator Cooperative Conservation Program was created as a way to prevent beekeepers and pollinators from exposure to pesticides from agricultural operations.

“The problem or situation began as a result of a lot of interest generated by EPA and other environmental groups as a result of colony collapse disorder,” Brown said. “This is an umbrella term describing the total mortality of a beehive.”

Leave a Comment September 22, 2014

Honey producers make bee-line to boost biosecurity levy

From: Government News (Australia)

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Australian honey might be regarded as among the world’s tastiest and purest sticky spreads, but there are mounting fears inadequate funding for countermeasures to keep out introduced pests could be a biosecurity disaster in the making.

The Australian honey bee industry is pushing for an increase to a honey levy paid by larger commercial honey producers in order to defend its beehives from disease and keep Australian crops and honey pure.

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Leave a Comment September 19, 2014

Can We Disrupt the Sensing of Honey Bees by the Bee Parasite Varroa destructor?

From:  PLOS One

Nurit Eliash, Nitin Kumar Singh, Yosef Kamer, Govardhana Reddy Pinnelli, Erika Plettner, Victoria Soroker

Abstract

Background

The ectoparasitic mite, Varroa destructor, is considered to be one of the most significant threats to apiculture around the world. Chemical cues are known to play a significant role in the host-finding behavior of Varroa. The mites distinguish between bees from different task groups, and prefer nurses over foragers. We examined the possibility of disrupting the Varroa – honey bee interaction by targeting the mite’s olfactory system. In particular, we examined the effect of volatile compounds, ethers of cis 5-(2′-hydroxyethyl) cyclopent-2-en-1-ol or of dihydroquinone, resorcinol or catechol. We tested the effect of these compounds on the Varroa chemosensory organ by electrophysiology and on behavior in a choice bioassay. The electrophysiological studies were conducted on the isolated foreleg. In the behavioral bioassay, the mite’s preference between a nurse and a forager bee was evaluated.

Leave a Comment September 17, 2014

Protecting the bees part of new initiative

From: Southern Weekly

By Olivia Shying

WHEN talking about bees, the majority think  about about protecting themselves from unwanted stings.

Now CropLife Australia is encouraging people to think about it differently – launching an initiative to protect the pollinators.

CropLife Australia ‘s new pollinator initiative is aimed at ensuring Australia’s bee colony remains healthy and strong.

To ensure this they have released a Seed Treatment Stewardship Strategy that ensures farmers have access to practice management guidance. 

Chief of CropLife Australia Matthew Cossey said this strategy was the first set of guidelines made available to farmers. 

Leave a Comment September 15, 2014

Protecting Bee Health is a Long-Term Commitment

From: ValdostaToday.com

U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture for Valdosta Today:

For those in agriculture, harvest season is a busy time. Farmers nurture their fields all year, which leads to feeding our families and much of the world. Most growers involved in horticulture production know that their long hours are matched by the non-stop effort of bees, which remain a critical component of our nation’s food supply. The harvest of fruits, nuts, vegetables, ornamentals, and greenhouse crops are dependent upon the bee colonies in the United States.

Leave a Comment September 12, 2014

50 million year old mite attached to ant head found in piece of amber

From: Phys.org

by Bob Yirka

A small team of researchers with members from several countries has identified the oldest known instance of a type of mite fossil. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the team describes how they obtained a piece of amber with an ant embedded inside of it along with a mite that was attached to the ant’s head, and what their work revealed.

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Leave a Comment September 10, 2014

EXTENSION CONNECTION: Pesticide labels help protect bees

From: Crestville News Bulletin

By SHEILA DUNNING / University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension

Watch for changes on pesticide labels that contain pollinator-protection language.

Language to protect pollinators has always been on the label, but now the verbiage specifically prohibits foliar applications while bees or flowers are present, or until all petals have fallen off. Presence of all blooming plants, including weeds such as clover and Spanish needle, must be evaluated before treating with certain pesticides.

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Leave a Comment September 8, 2014

High Varroa mite abundance influences chemical profiles of worker bees and mite–host preferences

From: The Journal of Experiemental Biology

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Leave a Comment September 5, 2014

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