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Researchers Identify How Queen Bees Repress Workers’ Fertility

Posted On: August 4, 2016

University of Otago  Researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago have discovered the molecular mechanism by which queen honey bees carefully control worker bees’ fertility. It has long been known that worker bees have a very limited ability to reproduce in a hive with a queen and brood present, but in their absence, a third Continue Reading »


ARS Research Leads to Better Understanding of Bee Health

Posted On: August 4, 2016

By Kim Kaplan USDA Agricultural Research Service WASHINGTON, August 2, 2016—Bacteria in the gut of young honey bees may provide clues about the impact parasites have on bee health. That and other experimental findings were published by U.S. Department of Agriculture‘s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researchers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Continue Reading »


New Varroa Guide Available

Posted On: July 28, 2016

Véto-pharma, the makers of Apivar for varroa mite control, have released a new Varroa Guide. Interested beekeepers may download and print the new guide at www.veto-pharma.com.


Researchers Discover How Honey Bees ‘Telescope’ Their Abdomens

Posted On: July 28, 2016

Entomological Society of America This video shows the motion of a honey bee abdomen at a frequency of 500 frames per second. Credit: Entomological Society of America (Click here or on image above for video)   Honey bees are able to wiggle their abdomens in a variety of ways. Now new research published in the Continue Reading »


Vita Releases a Varroa Infographic

Posted On: July 22, 2016

Vita has created an infographic about varroa. It’s free and downloadable from the Vita Gallery. It is the second in an infographic series; the first was a Swarm Infographic.   Go to the Vita Gallery to download the Varroa Infographic www.vita-europe.com/gallery Sebastian Owen of Vita (Europe) Ltd said: “Following the very positive response to the first Vita Continue Reading »


Losses of Honey Bee Colonies Over the 2015/16 Winter

Posted On: July 22, 2016

Preliminary results from an international study The honey bee research association COLOSS1 has today announced the preliminary results of their international study of colony losses over the 2015-16 winter. Data were collected from 29 countries in this initiative, which is the largest and longest running international study of honey bee colony losses. In total 18,693 Continue Reading »


Research Aims to Grasp Complexities in Plant-Pollinator Networks Across Tallgrass Prairies

Posted On: July 11, 2016

University of Kansas LAWRENCE — According the Environmental Protection Agency, the declining health of pollinators reported for the past decade is tied to a mix of factors, including habitat loss, pests, pathogens, viruses, poor nutrition and pesticides. “Insect pollinators are incredibly important for agricultural ecosystems,” said Kathy Denning, doctoral student in ecology and evolutionary biology Continue Reading »


2016 California Almond Forecast Up 7.9 Percent

Posted On: July 11, 2016

United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service Cooperating with the California Department of Food and Agriculture California’s 2016 almond production is forecast at 2.05 billion meat pounds, up 2.5 percent from May’s subjective forecast and up 7.9 percent from last year’s crop. The forecast is based on 900 thousand bearing acres. Production for Continue Reading »


Varroa Mite Found in Queensland, Australia

Posted On: July 5, 2016

(Queensland Government News Release)   Varroa mites have been detected in North Queensland at the Port of Townsville, and Biosecurity Queensland is implementing a surveillance program to prevent any spread of the mite. The mites’ most likely entry path into Australia was on a feral swarm of Asian honey bees arriving at the port. The Department Continue Reading »


Deformed Wing Virus: Honeybees Threatened by a More Virulent Virus

Posted On: July 5, 2016

According to an international research group, a genetic variant of the deformed wing virus (DWV) is more dangerous to honeybees than the original virus strain. The consortium of researchers is based at Freie Universität Berlin and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. The emerging variant could represent a threat to honeybees worldwide and is probably already widespread Continue Reading »


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