North Carolina Certified Honey Program Launched This Summer

When You See This Label You Know It Is the Real Deal The North Carolina State Beekeepers Association  has developed a Certified Label for its members who agree to adhere to certain standards. To qualify for the program honey must be pure honey and not adulterated with anything.  If the beekeeper implies that it is produced locally, that must be true. And, if …

SF State Biologists Tag “Zombees” To Track Their Flight

ZomBeeWatch.org team is outfitting infected honeybees with tiny radio trackers to learn more about parasitized honeybees   SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 6, 2012 -- After last year's accidental discovery of "zombie"-like bees infected with a fly parasite, SF State researchers are conducting an elaborate experiment to learn more about the plight of the honey bees. The scientists are tagging infected bees with tiny radio …

Bees, Fruits and Money

Decline of pollinators will have severe impact on nature and mankind Two-thirds of the crops humans use for food production and the majority of wild plant species depend on pollination by insects such as bees and hover-flies. This ecosystem service, however, provided by nature to humans for free, is increasingly failing. As an example, after 3000 years of sustainable agriculture, farmers …

National Honey Board Accepting Bee Research Proposals

Firestone, Colo., Aug. 14, 2012 – The National Honey Board (NHB) is requesting proposals for research dealing with honey bee colony production. The goal of this research is to help producers maintain colony health while assuring the maintenance of honey quality.  Areas of interest are: control of Varroa destructor, Acarapis woodi, Nosema Ceranae, and small hive beetle; the investigation into the …

The National Honey Board Clarifies Confusion Over Pollen and Ultrafiltration

Firestone, Colo. – August 7, 2012 – Honey has been in the news recently, covering topics from its source to its authenticity. The National Honey Board (NHB), a federal research and promotion board with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversight, wants to clarify any misconceptions. The NHB utilized industry, culinary and educational resources to produce “The Story of Honey,” …

Can Behavior Be Controlled By Genes? The Case of Honeybee Work Assignments

Research shows several micro-RNAs -- noncoding RNAs that control gene expression -- are down-regulated in nurse bees   What worker bees do depends on how old they are. A worker a few days old will become a nurse bee that devotes herself to feeding larvae (brood), secreting beeswax to seal the cells that contain brood and attending to the queen. After about a …

The EPA Denies Petition Seeking Emergency Suspension of Clothianidin and Releases Petition for Public Review

The EPA is denying a petition requesting emergency suspension of clothianidin based on imminent hazard. The agency will, however, be taking comment  from the public for 60 days on the petition’s request for cancellation of clothianidin. The agency received the petition from a group of beekeepers, Beyond Pesticides, Pesticide Action Network of North America and others on March 20, 2012. The petition …