Latest Pesticide toxicity to bees Stories

2010-03-24 12:48:57

A federal survey has discovered more honeybees died off this winter, and another study revealed honeybees' pollen and hives are burdened with pesticides, according to a recent Associated Press (AP) report.  Two federal agencies and regulators in California and Canada, which are all trying to find what is behind this relatively recent threat, have ordered new research on pesticides used in fields and orchards.  The federal courts ruled this month that the U.S. Environmental...

2010-01-22 06:45:00

NEW YORK, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Bee Native, The Honeybee Conservancy and the Natural Resources Defense Council announce the creation of a February 4th fundraiser for "Vanishing of the Bees," a new documentary that comprehensively demystifies the collapse of honeybee populations across the planet and its risk to $15 billion dollars' worth of U.S. agricultural revenue products. Helen Faraday Young, Founder of Bee Native, said, "'Vanishing of the Bees' is focusing unprecedented awareness...

2010-01-20 15:35:00

Research suggests that the decline of honeybees seen in many parts of the world has been caused by the reduction of plant diversity, according to BBC News. The scientists found that bees fed on pollen from several plants had a healthier immune system than those eating pollen from a single type. The French team wrote in the journal Biology Letters that bees need a fully functional immune system in order to sterilize food for the colony. Other research has shown that bees and wild flowers...

2009-12-10 08:55:00

Ground-breaking discoveries by Michigan State University researchers could help protect honeybees from deadly parasites that have devastated commercial colonies. The MSU researchers for the first time were able to produce in the laboratory proteins that help channel sodium ions through cell membranes of parasites known as Varroa mites. The research, using cellular frog eggs, also found that these proteins react to chemicals differently than the sodium channel proteins in honeybees, a finding...

2009-10-30 15:44:00

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC) today announced the company plans to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to deny an administrative hearing on the agency's action to revoke all U.S. food tolerances for carbofuran insecticide. The company and a group of U.S. crop commodity associations will take legal action in U.S. federal court. "EPA's unprecedented attempt to deny any review of its science deprives the registrant and...

2009-09-21 06:30:00

In an attempt to counteract the disappearance of bees, Britons are beginning to keep their own bees in small urban gardens. Beekeeping is an age-old practice that is now making a come-back in Britain, as people become increasingly worried about the future of food and a strong desire to make a difference in the environment. Only 6 months ago, 43 year-old Jon Harris was just learning how to keep bees, now he has a successful hive in his small back garden in Brixton, south London. "That...

2009-09-18 05:55:00

Attendees of this year's Apimondia, the 41st world apiculture congress, in southern France are focusing on what is killing the world's bees. Pesticides, viruses, industrialized farming and fungus are among the possible reasons why bee hives throughout parts of North America, Europe, and Asia have been struck by a mysterious ailment known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).  Although bee communities naturally lose around five percent of their numbers during normal times, up to 90 percent...

2009-09-11 12:18:18

Additional restrictions on three pesticides will help protect salmon in four western states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday. Changes in the use of three organophosphate pesticides -- chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion -- should keep water cleaner in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, EPA officials said in a release. The changes, to be noted on product labels, include the addition of pesticide buffer zones and application limits based on wind speed, soil moisture...

2009-08-25 15:05:00

Researchers report this week that they have found a surprising but reliable marker of colony collapse disorder, a baffling malady that in 2007-2008 killed off more than a third of commercial honey bees in the U.S.Their study, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is the first to identify a single, objective molecular marker of the disorder, and to propose a data-driven hypothesis to explain the mysterious disappearance of American honey bees. The team included researchers...

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...

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