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Bloodsucking Parasite Threatens UK Honeybees
2014-06-27 03:23:24

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Scientists have discovered how a bloodsucking parasite has transformed Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) into one of the biggest threats facing UK honeybees. Honeybees are a key pollinating insect, adding around $40Bn globally to crop value. Over recent years the spread of parasites and the viruses they transmit has resulted in high overwintering colony losses. New and emerging threats to insect pollinators are putting increasing...

2014-05-15 23:08:09

U.S. beekeepers lost more than one in five honey bee colonies in the winter of 2013-2014 and one in three colonies over the 12 months that ended in April 2014, according to a national survey published today. University of Maryland entomologist Dennis vanEngelsdorp led a team of 11 researchers in the survey of commercial honey bee colonies, which contribute $15 billion a year to U.S crop production. (PRWEB) May 15, 2014 U.S. beekeepers lost more than one in five honey bee colonies in the...

2014-05-15 08:24:49

UMD-led national survey suggests all bee hives should be treated for common parasite COLLEGE PARK, Md., May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. beekeepers lost more than one in five honey bee colonies in the winter of 2013-2014--significantly fewer than the winter before. But tough times continue for commercial beekeepers, who are reporting substantial honey bee losses in summer as well. Beekeepers who tracked the health of their hives year-round reported year-to-year losses of...

2014-04-29 16:23:04

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The first-ever Congressional subcommittee hearing on pollinator health, held today, failed to include a robust science-based discussion about the impacts of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees. Pesticide manufacturer Bayer (DE:BAYN) testified at the hearing for the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture. But the panel included no independent scientists on the leading edge of...

Native Honeybees Safe From Invasive Pests For Now
2014-04-18 10:57:01

By Sara LaJeunesse, Penn State Several parasites and pathogens that devastate honeybees in Europe, Asia and the United States are spreading across East Africa, but do not appear to be impacting native honeybee populations at this time, according to an international team of researchers. The invasive pests include including Nosema microsporidia and Varroa mites. "Our East African honeybees appear to be resilient to these invasive pests, which suggests to us that the chemicals used to...

Uncovering The Drivers Of Colony Collapse Disorder In Honey Bees
2014-02-06 06:40:17

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from EcoHealth Alliance investigated the causes of long-term honey bee colony numbers and annual colony losses, revealing that socioeconomic and political pressures on honey production over the past few decades have caused a long-term reduction in the number of colonies in production in the USA, Europe and many other countries. The study, published in the journal EcoHealth, also reports that pests, pathogens and...

honey bee with sensor
2014-01-21 04:13:19

[ Watch the Video: What's The New Buzz On Saving Honeybees? ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists are teaming up to fit tiny sensors onto honey bees in Australia to monitor the insects and understand the drivers behind Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Honeybees across the world are facing CCD, threatening populations and causing concern among scientists. A team at CSIRO is leading the research initiative to try and learn more about CCD, as well as monitor...

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...

Dying Bees Fight Back With Resistance Genes
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...


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