Zika and Florida Beekeepers

Courtesy of University of Florida Entomology & Nematology Department A letter from the Florida Chief of Apiary Inspection, David Westervelt: The Southeastern United States is in a triple threat situation for mosquito proliferation and control. Listed below are conditions making it favorable for the breeding and spread of viruses in mosquitoes: It is the season. The weather is perfect to be a mosquito …

Purdue Entomologist Awarded USDA Grant for Neonicotinoid Research

Purdue University News Release WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University entomologist Ian Kaplan and his team have received a $3.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute for Food and Agriculture to fund their research into the environmental, ecological and socioeconomic effects of neonicotinoid pesticide use. The five-year grant is part of the USDA-NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative, a …

FDA Issues Direct Final Rule Revising Categorization of Animal Drugs Used in Medicated Feeds

August 23, 2016 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today a direct final rule to ensure that drugs used in animal feed remain available for therapeutic purposes in food-producing minor species after changes are made to remove the production claims from these drugs. In December 2013, the FDA took a significant step forward in addressing antimicrobial resistance by publishing Guidance #213, …

Agricultural Robotics and Drones: A Complex $10bn Market By As Early As 2022

Robots and drones have already started to quietly transform many aspects of agriculture. Indeed, the IDTechEx Research report on Agricultural Robots and Drones 2016-2026: Technologies, Markets, and Players finds that this is already a $3bn market in 2016, growing to $10bn by as early as 2022 This report analyses how robotic market and technology developments will change the business of agriculture, …

Nutrition Matters: Stress From Migratory Beekeeping May Be Eased by Access to Food

David Tarpy  |  919.515.1660 Mick Kulikowski  |  919.515.8387 In the first large-scale and comprehensive study on the impacts of transporting honey bees to pollinate various crops, research from North Carolina State University shows that travel can adversely affect bee health and lifespan. Some of these negative impacts may be reduced by moving bee colonies into patches with readily available food or by …

Berenbaum Discusses Insect-Plant Interaction During ARS Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lecture

By Kim Kaplan Agricultural Research Service, USDA Dr. May R. Berenbaum shed light on the relationship between insects and plants during today's 2016 Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lecture. Her talk was presented at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Fall Meeting in Philadelphia. Internationally recognized for her research about interactions between insects and their host plants, Berenbaum through her work …

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New study: Neonicotinoid Insecticides Linked to Wild Bee Decline Across England

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology This is an English oil seed rape field. Credit: Heather Lowther / Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Exposure to neonicotinoid seed treated oilseed rape crops has been linked to long-term population decline of wild bee species across the English countryside, according to research published today in Nature Communications. The research, led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology using …