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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...

2009-08-25 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...

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....

2009-05-21 06:19:46

Risks still surround the fate of the honeybee, the Associated Press reported. A shocking 29% of honeybee hives in the US have died off in the last year, however this is less of a loss than what was noted in 2007 and 2008.  A survey released Tuesday by the Apiary Inspectors of America and the Department of Agriculture's Honey Bee Lab, indicated that the situation for the tiny insects with the task of pollinating various important food groups was still very precarious.  "This is the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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