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2009-03-05 13:50:00

Growing evidence shows that there is likely no proof that a mysterious disease has resulted in the deaths of billions of bees, BBC News reported. Increasing incidences of unexplained bee deaths have been reported all over the world in what is now being called "Colony Collapse Disorder," yet U.S. bees seem to be disappearing the fastest. However, some experts called the term misleading, saying there is no single, new ailment ravaging bee colonies. Some 80 percent of the world's almonds come...

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2008-11-26 11:50:00

In Britain, the honey bee population is on the decline, which has led to the prediction that the country will run out of English honey by Christmas. But what's more important is the effect this decline will have on farmers in the region. "We are extremely aware of the enormous threat there is to honey bees and the huge reduction in population," said Adrian Barlow, chief executive of trade group English Apples and Pears. "It is something we are very concerned about." Honey bees have the...

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2008-10-23 11:09:31

It's about bee-ing all they can be. An enhanced-line honey bee stock developed by University of California, Davis bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey, that crosses her bee line "New World Carnolians" with "Old World" Carnolians from Germany, shows genetic promise in aiding the troubled bee industry, research reveals. "I'm really pleased with the stock," said Cobey, project leader of a honey bee stock improvement grant, funded by the California State Beekeepers' Association and the...

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2008-08-18 17:20:00

Honey bees industriously bring pollen and nectar to the hive, but along with the bounty comes a wide variety of pesticides, according to Penn State researchers. Add the outside assault to the pesticides already in the waxy structure of the hive, and bee researchers see a problem difficult to evaluate and correct. However, an innovative approach may mitigate at least some beeswax contamination. The researchers presented their analysis of pollen, brood, adult bees and wax samples today (Aug....

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2008-07-28 13:16:31

One of the biggest world wide threats to honey bees, the varroa mite, could soon be about to meet its nemesis. Researchers at the University of Warwick are examining naturally occurring fungi that kill the varroa mite. They are also exploring a range of ways to deliver the killer fungus throughout the hives from bee fungal foot baths to powder sprays. It well known that bees world wide are suffering serious declines and one of the causes of that decline is the varroa mite, Varroa destructor....

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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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2008-06-17 16:27:59

A parliamentary report released on Tuesday said that Australia's honeybees, crucial to worldwide food production, need more protection from foreign invaders that could potentially wipe out their population. Australia is the only country not to suffer from a deadly bee mite known as the varroa destructor. The country is a major supplier of queen and hive bees to North America, Japan and the Middle East. But scientists are concerned that the varroa mite could breach Australian borders, as they...

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2007-09-06 15:20:00

WASHINGTON -- Scientific sleuths have a new suspect for what's been killing billions of honeybees: a virus previously unknown in the United States. The scientists report using a novel genetic technique and old-fashioned statistics to identify Israeli acute paralysis virus as the latest potential culprit in the widespread deaths of worker bees, a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder. Next up are attempts to infect honeybees with the newfound virus to see if it's indeed a killer. "At...

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2007-04-26 05:25:00

HONOLULU - A tiny mite that has devastated mainland honeybee populations showed up in Honolulu hives for the first time this month and has now been confirmed in bee colonies across Oahu. The infestation by varroa mites has led the state to ask beekeepers to restrict transport of bees around the islands. There are concerns it could threaten the Big Island's thriving queen bee export industry, which has so far tested free of the mites. "This is going to be for us a nightmare," said Michael...

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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...