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2014-08-30 05:50:44

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While honeybees may be best known as producers of honey and beeswax useful for candles and seals, experts from the University of Arizona want to remind you that the insects play an important role in the agriculture industry. “Honeybees are responsible for pollinating agricultural crops that make up one-third of our diet, including fruits and vegetables. They're the cornerstones of heart-healthy and cancer prevention diets,”...

Bloodsucking Parasite Threatens UK Honeybees
2014-06-27 03:23:24

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Scientists have discovered how a bloodsucking parasite has transformed Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) into one of the biggest threats facing UK honeybees. Honeybees are a key pollinating insect, adding around $40Bn globally to crop value. Over recent years the spread of parasites and the viruses they transmit has resulted in high overwintering colony losses. New and emerging threats to insect pollinators are putting increasing...

Wild Bees Are Getting Sick From Their Domesticated Kin
2014-02-20 06:09:34

[ Watch the Video: More Bad News For Bees ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Wild bumblebees are in decline throughout the world because they are likely contracting deadly diseases from ailing domesticated honeybees, researchers reported Wednesday in the journal Nature. The study helps answer something scientists have been struggling with for some time – understanding why the world’s bee populations, both wild and captive, are in decline. Although...

2010-12-23 17:04:12

Penn State researchers have found that native pollinators, like wild bees and wasps, are infected by the same viral diseases as honey bees and that these viruses are transmitted via pollen. Their research published on December 22nd in PLoS ONE, an online open-access journal for the communication of all peer-reviewed scientific and medical research. This multi-institutional study provides new insights into viral infections in native pollinators, suggesting that viral diseases may be key...

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2009-08-25 06:10:00

Damage to the honey bee's internal protein-producing "factories" may provide researchers with a new clue to the sudden collapse of honey bee colonies across the nation. Colony collapse disorder is a phenomenon in which worker bees from beehives or colonies abruptly disappear. These disappearances have been happening since the dawn of apiculture, but the term "Ëœcolony collapse disorder' was first used to describe a drastic increase in the number of disappearances of Western honey...

2009-08-13 15:39:30

U.S. and Belgian scientists say they've found higher levels of pathogens in honeybee colonies affected by colony collapse disorder than in healthy colonies. The researchers said they also found bees in colonies with the collapse disorder are infected with a greater number of pathogens than their non-infected counterparts. However, no individual pathogen can be identified as the cause of the collapse disorder. Colony collapse disorder is described in the online encyclopedia Wikipedia.org as a...

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2008-06-29 19:27:59

Scientists are one step closer to understanding the recent demise of billions of honey bees after making an important discovery about the transmission of a common bee virus. Deformed wing virus (DWV) is passed between adult bees and to their developing brood by a parasitic mite called Varroa destructor when it feeds. However, research published in the July issue of the Journal of General Virology suggests that the virus does not replicate in Varroa, highlighting the need for further...


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