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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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Planetbee Cider – helping counter declining bee population

Following the success of Planetbee’s South African Chenin Blanc in Mitchell & Butler, Morgenrot and Blue Fruits have announced the arrival of Planetbee Cider in Oddbins. This new craft cider, available in 33cl bottles, is created by one of the … Continue reading

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Plant Virus Jumps to Honey Bees in Possible Link to Collapse

A virus that typically infects plants was found in honey bees and could help explain their decline, researchers in the U.S. and China wrote in a study in the American Society of Microbiology’s online journal mBio. Routine screening of bees … Continue reading

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Resistance – a shorter term problem

New research shows that varroa mites resistant to pyrethroids (like Apistan) need not be a long-term problem. After a suitable time gap, pyrethroid treatments can be re-introduced and be very effective again as part of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) regime. … Continue reading

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Garfield County beekeepers abuzz about Calif. almond crop

In the darkness before dawn, a forklift piles multicolored boxes atop a flatbed trailer hitched to a semi-truck. Staged on the accommodating flat ground of a gravel pit near Rulison, hundreds of the painted wooden boxes await shipment. The boxes … Continue reading

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Britain finds new tool in the fight against bee parasite

BBSRC-funded scientists at Rothamsted Research have made a discovery which could help in the fight against the parasitic Varroa mite, which is devastating to bee colonies. They have developed a test for the detection and management of resistance to an … Continue reading

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Guy Covered in 500,000 Bees

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Mexican bees at risk

Bees in Mexico have become susceptible to parasite – the Varroa acari – which is leading to a reduction in bee populations in the country. Varroa acari are very small ticks. Most adult mites have four pairs of legs and the mouth … Continue reading

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