BIP National Loss Survey Comparison with NASS Results

Courtesy of Bee Informed Partnership   The National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) recently reported the results of its second honey bee colony loss survey. The Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) also recently published preliminary loss results covering the same period. Despite the differences in methodology and sample sizes, these two surveys yielded comparable results. Specifically, we estimate 33.23% losses based on the BIP survey, …

Varroa Mites – Bees’ Archenemies –
Have Genetic Holes in Their Armor

Michigan State University   EAST LANSING, Mich. - Seemingly indestructible Varroa mites have decimated honeybee populations and are a primary cause of colony collapse disorder, or CCD. Michigan State University scientists have found genetic holes in the pests' armor that could potentially reduce or eliminate the marauding invaders. The team's results, published in the current issue of Insect Science, have identified four …

Neonics Put Bumblebees at Risk of Extinction by Hindering Colony Formation, Study Reveals

University of Guelph professor discovered that exposure to thiamethoxam reduces the chances of a bumblebee queen starting a new colony by more than a quarter. University of Guelph Bumblebees are less able to start colonies when exposed to a common neonicotinoid pesticide, according to a new University of Guelph study. Prof. Nigel Raine has discovered that exposure to thiamethoxam reduces the chances of a …

Honey Bee Health Coalition Launches Innovative Demonstration Project to Show Real-World Impact of Multiple Best Management Practices for Bee Health

Innovative Effort Will Showcase the Real-World Impacts of Multiple Best Management Practices for Bee Health Courtesy of The Honey Bee Health Coalition, a diverse group of more than 40 organizations working to support pollinator health, announced today the launch of an innovative and ground-breaking demonstration project aimed at showcasing the real-world impacts a series of best management practices have on honey bees …

Asian Hornet to Colonize UK Within 2 Decades Without Action

Honey bees across Europe have been impacted by Asian hornet since it first arrived in France in 2004 University of Warwick   Honey bees across Europe have been impacted by Asian hornet since it first arrived in France in 2004 Asian hornet could colonize UK and threaten bee populations in two decades unless action is taken, according to research by the Universities …

Technology Tracks ‘Bee Talk’ to Help Improve Honey Bee Health

Simon Fraser University Simon Fraser University graduate student Oldooz Pooyanfar has developed a monitoring system to study what more than 20,000 honeybees housed in hives in a Cloverdale field are 'saying' to each other -- looking for clues about their health. Credit: SFU Click here or on the image above for video Simon Fraser University graduate student Oldooz Pooyanfar is monitoring what more than 20,000 honeybees …

Quarantine Area in the Peace River Region Established for Small Hive Beetle Found in Honey Bee Colonies

Medhat Nasr, PhD. Provincial Apiculturist Crop Diversification Centre North 17507 Fort Rd, NW Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T5Y 6H3 Office Phone: 780-415-2314, Cell Phone: 780-554-1566 email: medhat.nasr@gov.ab.ca On July 19, 2017, Alberta has established a quarantine area in the Peace  River region where small hive beetle was detected in a beekeeping operation during an inspection. The pest has been linked to honey colonies that were imported from Ontario …

Hot Cities Spell Bad News for Bees

Bumble bees, like this one, are among the bee species most vulnerable to increases in temperature. Photo: Elsa Youngsteadt. Click to enlarge. A new study from North Carolina State University finds that common wild bee species decline as urban temperatures increase. “We looked at 15 of the most common bee species in southeastern cities and – through fieldwork and labwork – found that …