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2013-04-02 23:00:29

Bayer CropScience issues research brief on honey bee health and the overwintering losses associated with Varroa mite RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (PRWEB) April 02, 2013 Honey bees are essential to the world´s agricultural system and food supply. More than a quarter of the food produced in the U.S. is dependent upon honey bees because of their efficiency and utility as pollinators. Although colony losses are typically expected following the winter season, experts have expressed concerns...

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2012-09-28 14:02:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) continues to plague North American honey bees, apiologists have been scrambling to find both the cause and the cure for the disappearance of millions of insects. According to a report in the open access journal Genome Biology, new research from a group of Canadian scientists may have found a major culprit responsible for the disorder: a parasitic mite known as Varroa...

2012-06-28 06:24:13

NEW YORK, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a Statement by Dr. Peter Daszak, President, EcoHealth Alliance: EcoHealth Alliance, an organization with a long history of ground-breaking work on species declines by our disease discovery experts, welcomes the publication of two new papers on the critical issue of honey bee colony declines, focusing on the role of the parasitic mite Varroa destructor. The mite was introduced in South America in the late 1970s, across Europe...

2012-02-22 20:25:00

“Bayer Bee Care Centers” to open in Europe and the USA Leverkusen (PRWEB) February 22, 2012 Bayer initiates a global “Bee Care Program” to further promote bee health. As part of the program, two dedicated “Bayer Bee Care Centers” are to be established. In Europe, one center is scheduled to open in Monheim, Germany, in mid-summer. A second center, which will focus on North America, is planned for later in the year in North Carolina, United States....

2011-11-02 21:47:57

Honey bee populations have been mysteriously falling for at least five years in the United States, but the cause of so-called colony collapse disorder (CCD) is still largely unknown. In a report published Nov. 2 in the online journal PLoS ONE, researchers report that a widely used in-hive medication may make bees more susceptible to toxicity of commonly used pesticides, and that this interaction may be at least partially responsible for the continuing honey bee population loss. The...

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2011-03-10 09:20:00

New types of fungal pathogens, a drastic decline in the number of flowering plant species, the increased use of agricultural chemicals, and climate change are partially responsible for the worldwide plight of bee colonies, claims a new report released Thursday by the UN Environment Program (UNEP). The study, entitled Global Bee Colony Disorders and other Threats to Insect Pollinators, fingers more than a dozen possible factors, all of which have contributed in some way to the decline of the...

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2011-03-07 07:20:00

Scientists are seeking a way to identify and eliminate mass deaths of the honeybee, the primary pollinator for the world's plants. The die-offs affect more than 30 percent of bee colonies in the United States and more than 20 percent in some European countries. A few possible causes identified in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) include blood-feeding parasites, bee viruses, fungi, pesticide exposure and decreased plant diversity causing poor nutrition for honeybees, experts tell Reuters....

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2011-03-03 07:44:59

Beekeepers in Australia called on the government this week to accelerate efforts to eradicate the devastating Asian honeybee while it still has a chance. The aggressive bees were first detected in far north Queensland about four years ago, and have the potential to wipe out the entire industry. Known as Apis cerana, the Asian honeybees also attack birds, raising concern for local fauna.  They could be as bad a pest as the cane toad, warned Australian Senator Christine Milne on...

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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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2010-04-29 06:25:00

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said Wednesday that the dramatic die-off of honey bees around the world, threatening crops that rely on the insects for pollination, is not due to any one single factor. The OIE said that a host of issues are plaguing the honey bees - including parasites, viruses, bacterial infections, pesticides, and poor nutrition resulting from the impact of human activities on the environment. Bee colonies naturally lose about 5 percent of their populations...