Immunotherapy Against Bee Stings in Some Cases Incomplete

Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health   Summer is approaching, and for many allergy sufferers this means it is time to start fearing bee stings. "Allergic reactions to insect venoms are potentially life-threatening, and constitute one of the most severe hypersensitivity reactions," explains PD Dr. Simon Blank, research group leader at the Center of Allergy & Environment (ZAUM), …

Dry Pattern to Offer No Wildfire Relief in Florida as West Mims Fire Evacuations Expand

Courtesy of Renee Duff, Accuweather meteorologist Beekeepers Are Losing Apiaries to the Fire Editors Note: Initial reports indicate that several commercial beekeepers have suffered severe colony losses in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge area where they had located apiaries for honey flows. As crews continue to battle the massive West Mims Fire, mainly dry weather will worsen the wildfire and drought situation across …

National Honey Board Swears in New Board Members

Firestone, Colorado, May 8, 2017 – At its most recent board meeting, the National Honey Board (NHB) swore in its newest members, appointed by former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture appoints members to the NHB after reviewing qualified nominations from certified national organizations. Prior to the day and a half board meeting, which took place …

2017 US Summer Forecast: Early Storms to Hold Back Heat in Northeast; Wildfires to Rage in California

Courtesy of     AccuWeather Global Weather Center - April 26, 2017  - AccuWeather reports wet weather and severe storms will keep extreme temperatures at bay in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic this summer, while heat and humidity plague the South. Meanwhile, California will be at risk from wildfires due to abundant vegetation as the Northwest grapples with outbreaks of severe weather. Early storms to hold back extreme heat …

Common Pesticide Damages Honey Bee’s Ability to Fly

Study provides the first evidence that a broadly used pesticide alone can harm bee flight University of California - San Diego A honey bee (Apis mellifera) is harnessed for study on a flight mill in biology professor James Nieh's laboratory, UC San Diego. Credit: Simone Tosi Biologists at the University of California San Diego have demonstrated for the first time that a widely …

Wax Worms to the Rescue!

The insect is able to quickly biodegrade polyethylene, the plastic used for shopping bags and food packaging Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)   A research scientist at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Federica Bertocchini, has discovered that wax worms (Galleria mellonella), which usually feed on honey and wax from the honeycombs of bees, are capable of degrading plastic. This worm is capable …

Please Complete the Bee Informed Surveys

Dear Beekeeper: We need your help. Please take 30 minutes out of your busy day to complete these two surveys. Both surveys are only open from 1 April through 30 April 2017. Please click on the link below or paste it into your browser to participate in the National Loss and Management Survey: http://26.selectsurvey.net/beeinformed/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=2017 The online survey is live now and will close on April 30th. …

Bee “Bed and Breakfast” Gets Helping Hand from Science

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are digging into the soil around alfalfa fields near Touchet, Washington, to unearth new clues to improve the lives of the crop's chief insect pollinator: the alkali bee. Alkali bees are champion alfalfa flower pollinators—even outperforming the respected honey bee. So much so, some Touchet farmers maintain open soil parcels called "bee beds" to encourage …