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How Do Honey Bees Stay Cool?

Tufts University Honey bees, especially the young, are highly sensitive to temperature and to protect developing bees, adults work together to maintain temperatures within a narrow range. Recently published research led by Philip T. Starks, a...

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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...

Honeybee Infection Model Helps Understand Spread Of Disease
2013-09-16 17:49:48

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Honeybees have faced plenty of devastation over the past decade, and scientists at the University of Warwick have modeled an outbreak of an infection that put a dent in the population back in 2010. The team modeled the outbreak of bee infection in America and applied it to other honeybee diseases, including the European foulbrood and the Varroa parasite. This method allows scientists to simulate various disease control interventions...

2013-08-13 12:00:18

Soaring numbers of honey bees died last winter, University of Strathclyde research has revealed A survey, run by Strathclyde academics on behalf of the Scottish Beekeepers' Association, indicated 31.3 per cent of managed honey bee colonies in Scotland failed to survive last winter – almost double the previous year's loss rate of 15.9 per cent. Dr Alison Gray and Magnus Peterson, of Strathclyde's Department of Mathematics and Statistics, warn the figures ought to be of major concern...

British Honeybee Colonies Suffered From Harsh Winter
2013-06-13 14:52:04

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online 2012 delivered some harsh weather in England. A long and wet summer was followed by a very cold and unpredictable winter that lasted into the start of spring. Such shaky weather conditions are now being blamed for a massive loss of honey bee colonies in the area. According to the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA), one-third of all the bee colonies in England have been lost – more than double the amount of colonies...

Beneficial Bacteria In Honeybees Show Resistance To Antibiotics
2012-10-30 13:18:17

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Overuse of antibiotics in American agriculture and food production has long been a public concern over the potential for engendering more resilient microbes. A new study from Yale University shows that beneficial bacteria living in the gut of honeybees are demonstrating signs of resistance to such antibiotics. A genetic analysis of the digestive bacteria showed eight different resistance genes for the antibiotic tetracycline in samples...

2012-06-19 09:19:48

In an effort to save the dwindling honeybee population researchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas are looking to viruses to help treat one of the most destructive and widespread bee brood diseases in the United States. They report their findings today at the 2012 General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. "Our food supply depends on the actions of millions of insects such as the common honeybee. Due to the importance of honeybees a pollinators in the agriculture of...

2011-03-22 12:35:14

Ecologists have developed a better way of rearing bee larvae in the laboratory that could help discover why honey bee populations worldwide are declining. The technique, together with details of how statistics adapted from other areas of ecology can aid bee research, is published this week in the British Ecological Society's journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution. Human food security depends on bees because they pollinate so many of our crop plants. As a result, worldwide declines in both...

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2010-10-08 06:10:00

Researchers have found two new threats in the mysterious colony collapse disorder (CCD) that has affected honey bee populations across the country. The countrywide threat to bees has caused much concern because the insects play an important role in the pollination of crops. Researchers collected samples from beehives affected with the disorder and found the presence of a virus and a fungus. The two pathogens were not found in colonies not affected by CCD, the researchers said. "We truly...


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