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2010-05-26 06:20:00

US researchers claim to have identified a potential disease responsible for Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in honeybees, which is responsible for wiping out many beekeepers' entire colonies over the past few years. Scientists from the US Department of Agriculture say the pathogens to blame are a fungus and a family of viruses. Results of the study were presented Tuesday at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego, California. Jay Evans of the USDA...

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2010-01-28 11:02:03

A first-time overview of the population trends for honey bee colonies and beekeepers in Europe The number of bee colonies in Central Europe has decreased over recent decades. In fact, the number of beekeepers has been declining in the whole of Europe since 1985. This is the result of a study that has now been published by the International Bee Research Association, which for the first time has provided an overview of the problem of bee colony decline at the European level. Until now there had...

2009-08-13 15:30:29

Honeybees in colonies affected by colony collapse disorder (CCD) have higher levels of pathogens and are co-infected with a greater number of pathogens than their non-CCD counterparts, but no individual pathogen can be singled out as the cause of CCD, according to a study by an international team of researchers.The researchers, who represented Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, University of Liege, Gembloux Agricultural University, North Carolina State University and the U.S....

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2009-07-23 11:30:00

Scientists have discovered that honeybees sterilize their hives with antimicrobial resin to protect their overall health, BBC News reported. Experts say this gives the whole colony a form of "social immunity", which lessens the need for a strong immune system in each individual bee. A team of scientists wrote in the journal Evolution that while honeybee resin is known to kill a range of pathogens, it is the first time that bees themselves have been shown to utilize its properties. Wild...

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2009-05-05 09:07:09

Hundreds of thousands of South African bees are in danger of contracting a disease affecting hives and harming fruit and vegetable farming, an industry expert announced Tuesday. The only way to save the bees from the American Foul Brood disease is by setting fire to the infected hives. Nevertheless, since the disease has not affected the hives in the past 150 years, South Africa does not have quarantine guidelines for the insects. "It is extremely serious because it is a very contagious...

2009-04-14 13:50:44

For the first time, scientists have isolated the parasite Nosema ceranae (Microsporidia) from professional apiaries suffering from honey bee colony depopulation syndrome. They then went on to treat the infection with complete success. In a study published in the new journal from the Society for Applied Microbiology: Environmental Microbiology Reports, scientists from Spain analyzed two apiaries and found evidence of honey bee colony depopulation syndrome (also known as colony collapse...

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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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2008-05-02 09:30:00

Scientists in Germany have discovered a new mechanism of infection for the most fatal bee disease. American Foulbrood (AFB) is the only infectious disease which can kill entire colonies of bees. Every year, this notifiable disease is causing considerable economic loss to beekeepers all over the world. The only control measure is to destroy the infected hive.The mechanism of infection (pathogenic mechanism) was originally thought to be through the growth of a bacterium called Paenibacillus...

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2007-02-11 18:10:00

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- A mysterious illness is killing tens of thousands of honeybee colonies across the country, threatening honey production, the livelihood of beekeepers and possibly crops that need bees for pollination. Researchers are scrambling to find the cause of the ailment, called Colony Collapse Disorder. Reports of unusual colony deaths have come from at least 22 states. Some affected commercial beekeepers - who often keep thousands of colonies - have reported losing more than 50...


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