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Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association Bee Friendly Program to Recognize Towns Encouraging Beekeeping

Posted On: June 21, 2016

PITTSBURGH – June 20, 2016 – The Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association (PSBA) is kicking off National Pollinator Week (June 20-16) with the launch of its Bee Friendly PA Program, an effort designed to recognize communities throughout the Commonwealth for their efforts in supporting honeybee health through legislation, education, pest management, green space care and “Honeybee Continue Reading »

Scientists Selected to Further Quest for Answers to Key Bee Health Questions

Posted On: June 21, 2016

Part of 4-year, $1 million Healthy Hives 2020 Initiative to Find Tangible Solutions to Improve Colony Health Paso Robles, Calif. (June 20, 2016) – Project Apis m. announced today the names of scientists and research projects seeking to answer key questions around bee health to receive funding as part of the Healthy Hives 2020 initiative.  Continue Reading »

New Study on Grooming Behaviour by Honey Bees Against Varroa

Posted On: June 13, 2016

In a new study, scientists have compared the ability of two strains of honey bees to defend themselves against the parasitic mite varroa by grooming the mites from their bodies. The varroa mite Varroa destructor is generally considered to be the greatest threat to honey bees worldwide because it transmits virus diseases which lead to Continue Reading »

Supporting Pollinators Could Have Big Payoff for Texas Cotton Farmers

Posted On: June 13, 2016

University of Texas at Austin According to a new study by The University of Texas at Austin, increasing the diversity of pollinator species, including bees, flies and butterflies, can dramatically increase cotton production. The researchers estimate that in South Texas, the region they studied, increasing the diversity of pollinators could boost cotton production by up Continue Reading »

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 »

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