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Parasitic Cape Honey Bees Out-Reproduce Other Bees Using a Few Unusual Gene Regions

Posted On: June 13, 2016

Genes related to hormone signaling and sex cell division let worker bees reproduce asexually PLOS Parasitic cape honey bees exploit and overrun other honey bee colonies by triggering changes that let worker bees reproduce. This social parasitism is enabled by differences in several gene regions, including some related to hormone signaling and chromosomal segregation, report Continue Reading »

Bee Populations Expanded During Global Warming After the Last Ice Age

Posted On: June 1, 2016

Pensoft Publishers An Australian small carpenter bee is visiting a flower. Credit: Marc Newman, The Australian small carpenter bee populations appear to have dramatically flourished in the period of global warming following the last Ice Age some 18,000 years ago. The bee species is found in sub-tropical, coastal and desert areas from the north-east Continue Reading »

Honey Bees Pick Up ‘Astonishing’ Number of Pesticides Via Non-crop Plants

Posted On: May 31, 2016

Purdue University WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A Purdue University study shows that honey bees collect the vast majority of their pollen from plants other than crops, even in areas dominated by corn and soybeans, and that pollen is consistently contaminated with a host of agricultural and urban pesticides throughout the growing season. Christian Krupke, professor Continue Reading »

Dancing Hairs Alert Bees to Floral Electric Fields

Posted On: May 31, 2016

(University of Bristol)   Tiny, vibrating hairs may explain how bumblebees sense and interpret the signals transmitted by flowers, according to a study by researchers at the University of Bristol. Although it’s known that flowers communicate with pollinators by sending out electric signals, just how bees detects these fields has been a mystery – until Continue Reading »

Chicago Homeland Security Investigators Seize Nearly 60 Tons of Honey Illegally Imported

Posted On: May 23, 2016

(Department of Homeland Security News Release) CHICAGO — Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) have seized nearly 60 tons of illegally imported Chinese honey valued at more than $200,000 destined for U.S. consumers. The three shipping container loads (195 barrels) of bulk honey smuggled into the United States Continue Reading »

Secrets of Resistant Varroa Revealed

Posted On: May 23, 2016

New research by Rothamsted has revealed the different gene mutations that have enabled varroa mites to become resistant to acaricides, including pyrethroids (such as the active ingredients of Apistan and Bayvarol). The findings have also helped explain Vita’s earlier observations about differing patterns of resistance across the world. Tau-fluvalinate is a pyrethroid that can kill Continue Reading »

2016 Canada Summer Forecast: Severe Storms to Strike East; Hot, Dry Weather to Worsen Drought, Exacerbate Wildfires in West

Posted On: May 19, 2016

(Courtesy of AccuWeather) AccuWeather Global Weather Center – May 18, 2016 – AccuWeather reports  much of Canada is in for a very warm summer this year as extended periods of hot and dry weather grip large areas of the country. The most intense heat will focus on British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, worsening the drought and Continue Reading »

No Junk-Food Diet: Even in Cities, Bees Find Flowers and Avoid Processed Sugars

Posted On: May 18, 2016

(Courtesy of the North Carolina State News Services) New research from North Carolina State University finds that bees in urban areas stick to a flower-nectar diet, steering clear of processed sugars found in soda and other junk food. “Urban habitats are growing, as is urban beekeeping, and we wanted to see if bee diets in Continue Reading »

Great Practical Beekeeping Information for New Beekeepers

Posted On: May 17, 2016

(Courtesy of Joli Winer, Editor, May 2016 The Bee Buzzer, Newsletter of the Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers’ Association) Tips for May Check for ticks, they love beekeepers Wear as much protective clothing as makes you comfortable when working your hives. Work hives with slow, smooth movements. Jerky movements agitate the bees. Use your smoker each time Continue Reading »

USDA 2016 California Almond Forecast

Posted On: May 11, 2016

Two Million Colonies Help Produce Two Billion Pounds of Almonds in California The initial subjective forecast for the 2016 California almond production is 2.0 billion pounds. Forecasted production is 5.8 percent above last year’s production of 1.89 billion pounds. Forecasted bearing acreage for 2016 is 900,000. Forecasted yield at 2,220 lbs/acre, is up  4.7  percent  Continue Reading »

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