Navigation Links
Bees under threat from disease-carrying bumblebee imports, research reveals
Date:7/20/2013

Stricter controls over bumblebee imports to the UK are urgently required to prevent diseases spreading to native bumblebees and honeybees, scientists have warned. The call follows the discovery of parasites in over three-quarters of imported bumblebee colonies they tested. The study - the first of its kind in the UK - is published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology.

While wild species of bees and other insects pollinate many crops, commercially-reared and imported bumblebees are essential for pollination of greenhouse crops such as tomatoes. They are also used to enhance pollination of other food crops such as strawberries, and are now marketed for use in people's gardens. The trade is large and widespread: 40-50,000 commercially-produced bumblebee colonies each containing up to 100 worker bees are imported annually to the UK, and more than one million colonies are sold each year worldwide.

The team of researchers from the universities of Leeds, Stirling and Sussex bought 48 colonies of buff-tailed bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) from three European producers. Some colonies were a subspecies native to the UK and others were non-native. All were meant to be disease-free, but when they were tested using DNA technology, 77% of the colonies were found to be carrying parasites. Parasites were also found in the pollen food supplied with the bees.

Screening revealed that the imported bumblebee colonies carried a range of parasites including the three main bumblebee parasites (Crithidia bombi, Nosema bombi and Apicystis bombi), three honeybee parasites (Nosema apis, Ascosphaera apis and Paenibacillus larvae), and two parasites which infect both bumblebees and honeybees (Nosema ceranae and deformed wing virus).

After the screening tests, the team conducted a series of carefully controlled laboratory experiments to find out whether the parasites carried by the commerc
'/>"/>

Contact: Becky Allen
beckyallen@ntlworld.com
44-079-498-04317
Wiley
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. First global atlas of marine plankton reveals remarkable underwater world
2. Pro Ana and Thinspiration Sites Under Attack
3. Unexpected discovery of the ways cells move could boost understanding of complex diseases
4. Ups-and-downs of Indian monsoon rainfall likely to increase under warming
5. Wayne State welcomes undergraduates from around the US for physics research experience
6. NIH fellowship helps researcher fight malaria, understand mosquito immunity
7. Understanding the hearts rhythm
8. TGens Huentelman and Weiss named to 2013 Class of 40 Under 40
9. Habilitative services under health reform faces uncertainty, new analysis says
10. Nanomedicines impact on patients under the microscope
11. OHSU scientists advance understanding of brain receptor; may help fight neurological disorders
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/19/2014)... 2014  23andMe, Inc., the leading personal genetics company, ... fine-scale differences in genetic ancestry of individuals from across ... Since immigrants first arrived more than four hundred years ... served as a meeting place for peoples from different ... ongoing mixing of peoples with African, European, and American ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... N.C. , Dec. 16, 2014 Valencell, ... licensed its PerformTek biometric technology to industry leaders such ... highly accurate, clinically validated, biometric wearable products. These products ... 6-9 in Las Vegas . ... technology is accurate, flexible and robust – with the ...
(Date:12/11/2014)... DUBLIN , Dec. 09, 2014 Research ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/9ql3kr/biometrics_market ) ... Market in India 2015-2019" report to their ... in this market is the adoption of multimodal ... one characteristic of an individual for verification and ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):23andMe Study Sketches Genetic Portrait of the United States 223andMe Study Sketches Genetic Portrait of the United States 323andMe Study Sketches Genetic Portrait of the United States 4Valencell PerformTek Biometrics Power the Most Accurate Wearables at CES 2015 2Biometrics Market in India 2015-2019: Key Vendors are 3M Cogent, NEC, Safran and Suprema 2
... of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) have signed an agreement to collaborate ... (JMT), the official journal of the ACMT, beginning in ... of Pennsylvania Press. The Journal of Medical ... the science and practice of medical toxicology. The quarterly ...
... is a matter of debate. A high-profile study a few ... their carbon from trees and leaves, evidence for a very ... new research from the University of Washington shows this is ... diet for fish and other aquatic life, according to research ...
... presents strong evidence that the "synergistic" effect of early-life ... causes more harm to developing lungs than one or ... scientists at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of ... levels of traffic-related particles and indoor endotoxin during early ...
Cached Biology News:Springer and the American College of Medical Toxicology to work together 2Fish food fight: Fish don't eat trees after all, says new study 2Fish food fight: Fish don't eat trees after all, says new study 3Exposure to both traffic, indoor pollutants puts some kids at higher risk for asthma later 2
(Date:12/24/2014)... 2014 The report provides ... its definition, classification, application and industry overview. ... process, and product cost structure. Production is ... analysis also covers upstream raw materials, equipment, ... trend and proposals. In the end, the ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... Diego, CA (PRWEB) December 23, 2014 ... where their Twitter followers can submit their #HolidayInTheLab ... themselves and their lab mates. , For those struggling ... lab mates, the Pipette.com Holiday in the Lab Contest ... Pipette.com Twitter followers to send pictures of ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... December 23, 2014 PharmaBoardroom,s ... out today and available for free download , digs ... change and growth in the sector today. One ... successes has been in developing a homegrown pharmaceutical manufacturing base, ... production still remains some way off. A cursory comparison with ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... YORK , Dec. 23, 2014  NeuroLifeSciences announced ... mazindol in children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder published in ... . The paper, titled "Pilot Phase ... disorder" ( Konofal et al, Drug Des ... ) shows that mazindol might be an effective, ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Worldwide Methyl Mercaptan Market 2015-2020 Forecasts on Development & Trends Now Available at ReportsnReports.com 2Major Pipette Distributor Pipette.com Announces their Holiday in the Lab Contest 2PharmaBoardroom Releases New Algeria Pharmaceuticals Report 2PharmaBoardroom Releases New Algeria Pharmaceuticals Report 3Redefining ADHD: A New Approach & A Shift of Paradigm in ADHD Therapeutics 2Redefining ADHD: A New Approach & A Shift of Paradigm in ADHD Therapeutics 3
... 18 International Group, Ltd.,(Bloomberg: BIG SP, Company ... Conformite Europeenne (CE) Mark approval for its,BioMatrix(R) drug-eluting ... European Union and the countries in Asia and ... drug-eluting stent system,developed internally by the Company, consists ...
... Growth driving second new office opening in North Carolina in last 12 ... ... PARK, N.C., Jan. 17 Quintiles,Transnational Corp. today announced that the global ... is an expansion of Quintiles, clinical research in pharmaceutical,and biotechnology development., ...
... WALDWICK, N.J., Jan. 17 NEXCORE Technology,Inc, a ... licensed all the intellectual property rights for the,development ... endoscopic,surgery. The new system provides significantly greater control ... The patents on the system are held by ...
Cached Biology Technology:Biosensors Receives CE Mark Approval for Its BioMatrix(R) Drug-Eluting Coronary Stent System 2Biosensors Receives CE Mark Approval for Its BioMatrix(R) Drug-Eluting Coronary Stent System 3Biosensors Receives CE Mark Approval for Its BioMatrix(R) Drug-Eluting Coronary Stent System 4Quintiles to Open Clinical Research Office in Wilmington, NC 2NEXCORE Technology Obtains Licenses for Revolutionary Fluid Management System 2
... uses the Adept CE 4100 high pressure dual ... detector for added flexibility and utra low drift. ... to a photodiode array detection and provides superior ... required for method development and for monitoring to ...
Rabbit anti Xanthine Oxidase Xanthine Oxidase, Bovine Buttermilk...
... number is a new ... easily match Cornings product ... availability yet, please order ... number (Z71,448-8) or contact ...
This CLS number is a new product number, created to easily match Cornings product number. If showing no availability yet, please order under the old Sigma-Aldrich number (E6027) or contact customer s...
Biology Products: