The Bee Nutrition Challenge: An Innovation Award

Courtesy of Calling all honey bee and animal nutrition enthusiasts! The Honey Bee Health Coalition is excited to announce the launch of the 2017 Bee Nutrition Challenge: An Innovation Award. The Problem Our honey bees are in trouble, partly because they don’t have enough to eat. Thanks to researchers, we’ve learned a lot about the nutrients bees need in order to thrive. However, there’s …

Local Collaboration Key to Protecting Pollinators While Managing Ticks, Mosquitoes

Cross-disciplinary group urges community-level connection among vector-control, pollinator experts Entomological Society of America Annapolis, MD -- Managing mosquito and tick populations and protecting the health of pollinators are growing concerns on a global scale, but success in both requires teamwork on the local level. A coalition of entomologists and other scientists specializing in both disease-vector management and pollinator protection suggest professionals in these …

Study Finds Parallels Between Unresponsive Honey Bees, Human Autism

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Honey bees that consistently fail to respond to obvious social cues share something fundamental with autistic humans, researchers report in a new study. Genes most closely associated with autism spectrum disorders in humans are regulated differently in unresponsive honey bees than in their more responsive nest mates, the study found. The findings, reported in …

Get Ready for the Mite-A-Thon

Courtesy of Varroa mites are one of the greatest threats to honey bee health, honey production, and pollination services. The Honey Bee Health Coalition has been proud to equip beekeepers with the information, tools, and resources they need to detect, monitor, and manage these destructive mites. We are proud now to share information about the first ever Mite-A-Thon, supported by the Pollinator …

Apiculture Insurance Expanded to More States

Increased safety net available to beekeepers in 48 states. USDA News Release WASHINGTON, July 27, 2017 – Crop insurance for beekeeper operations has been expanded to include 19 additional states and now spans the entire 48 contiguous states. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced changes to the Apiculture Pilot Insurance (API) plan, ensuring greater protection for …

Blind Beekeeper from Uganda Wins International Award to Support Blind and Low Vision Entrepreneurs

‘Hive Uganda’ Founder plans to bring honey production and beekeeping training to the blind community of Ugandaas an inaugural winner of the Holman Prize. GULU, UGANDA – June 29, 2017 – Imagine tending a beehive – or a whole farm of bees – with hundreds of thousands of buzzing, pollen-loving insects crawling all over you, stingers at the ready. Now imagine doing …

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), …

Australian Researcher Blames Beekeepers for the Honey Bee’s Problems

Poor management practices have enabled spread of bee pathogens, bee researcher argues Entomological Society of America Annapolis, MD; April 4, 2017--In the search for answers to the complex health problems and colony losses experienced by honey bees in recent years, it may be time for professionals and hobbyists in the beekeeping industry to look in the mirror. In a research essay to be …