Tag Archives: Colony collapse disorder

Pesticides could lead to shortage of crop pollinators – EU report

* EU restriction on neonicotinoids to be reviewed this year * Value of pollination in Europe seen at 14.6 bln euros BRUSSELS, April 8 (Reuters) – Evidence is mounting that widely-used pesticides harm moths, butterflies and birds as well as … Continue reading

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Stressed bees ‘behind decline’

STRESSED young bees that are forced to grow up too fast could largely account for disastrous declines in populations of the insects around the world, research suggests. Bees usually begin foraging at two to three weeks old but when older … Continue reading

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Uber-tidy bees defend their hives from disease

For some, cleanliness is next to godliness. For honeybees, which are suffering a major decline, it’s a way of saving the hive from disaster. A naturally-occurring cleaning behaviour protects colonies from harmful parasitic mites, and breeding bees to be more hygienic … Continue reading

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Bee crisis: warmer summers will help new parasite

An exotic parasite is spreading through the world’s honey bees and global warming is making it worse, writes Robert Paxton. A new study that shows it will soon be causing widespread colony collapse in North America and Europe. All animals … Continue reading

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What has happened to the Buckfast bees of Millport

A mystery slump in the bee population on the isle of Cumbrae has left the community baffled. Estimates given suggest that upwards of tens of thousands of bees have been killed during the past year. A beekeeping group had been … Continue reading

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Bee Summit in Cornwall

Beekeepers, environmentalists and academics will heading to the Royal Cornwall Showground today to discuss the decline in bee populations. The Cornwall Bee Summit will look at best practice on pollination,beekeeping and land management.   The event is being chaired by … Continue reading

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BEES’ TOXIC PROBLEM

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Bee parasite affects returning home

  UK: New research has found that being infected with Nosema ceranae, a common parasite, significantly affects honeybees’ chances of returning to the hive after foraging. The scientists, from Rothamsted Research, found that 35% of bees infected with the parasite … Continue reading

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Honeybee genome throws up survival clues

Honeybees probably originated in Asia, not Africa, said scientists Sunday who had teased interesting tidbits from the busy little pollinators’ genome that they hope can be used to protect it. They sequenced the genomes of 140 honeybees from 14 populations … Continue reading

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RoboBees might be pollinating our crops within 10 years

RoboBees might be pollinating our crops within 10 years   A team of researchers from Harvard University that created the RoboBees are developing the robotic insects to be able to pollinate crops. The researchers are pushing the development because of … Continue reading

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