Archives – December, 2012

Status of Pollinator Protection Issues Policy Development: SFIREG Meeting

Editor’s Note:  A set of slides on investigation of bee kill incidents distributed at today’s SFIREG meeting is attached here.


Leave a Comment December 10, 2012

Varroa mites feeding on a sick bee



Rebecca Wilson, a beekeeper in southwestern Florida, sent me this photo of a honey bee crippled with deformed wing virus (DWV) and saddled with two Varroa mites. There were actually three mites to start with, but one fell off before she got a photo. I think the scene is heartbreaking and morbidly fascinating at the same time. And for those who’ve never seen mites or DWV, it’s a great illustration. Varroa mites carry deformed wing virus from bee to bee, transmitting it through their bite.


Rebecca writes:

Leave a Comment December 7, 2012

EFSA publishes bee research inventory

Editor’s Note:  US officials will not be able to make use of any European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) research unless that research complies with the requirements of the Data Quality Act and its implementing guidance including OMB’s Peer Review bulletin.  For more information about the need for international organizations to comply with US Data Quality standards in order to be considered by federal authorities, see CRE’s Request for Correction of a WHO report here and HHS’ subsequent response to WHO here.


From: Association of Corporate Counsel/Lexology


Mark Anstoetter and Madeleine McDonough, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP

Leave a Comment December 5, 2012

Bayer Bee Care Center Helps Solve Bee Health’s Toughest Challenges


Bayer CropScience

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (Dec. 4, 2012) – Bayer CropScience today announced plans to break ground in February on its North American Bee Care Center, which will serve as a gathering place for researchers, bee experts, students and other visitors to meet regularly with leading Bayer scientists. The Bayer Bee Care Center is dedicated to promoting and protecting bee health so that these hard-working, beneficial insects can continue to provide hive products as well as pollination services for foods we enjoy each day.

Leave a Comment December 4, 2012

Researcher carries out post-mortem on Varroa mites

From: Australian Broadcasting Corp.

By Kim Honan

The researcher who named the species of Varroa mite, that’s decimated bee populations around the world, says it’s only a matter of time before the pest invades Australia.

Twelve years ago, bee pathologist Dr Denis Anderson discovered that although there were many different Varroa mites on Asian honey bees, the one switching onto European honey bees and causing damage to colonies was a species new to science, and he aptly called it Varroa destructor.

The CSIRO research fellow says Australia is in a good position to research alternatives to chemicals to control the mite.

Leave a Comment December 3, 2012

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