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'Honey bee health' of concern at Western Apicultural Society conference

... producer of field crops, flowers and baked products; and visit the Glen Ellen hilltop apiary of Serge Labesque, who will discuss demonstration hives and watering devices. Wednesday afternoon will include lectures by three native pollinator experts. Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor at UC Davis, ...

Honeybees succumb to cocaine's allure

... cocaine. They publish their results on 26th December 2008 in The Journal of Experimental Biology at http://jeb.biologists.org . Setting up his hives on a farm just outside Canberra, Barron trained the insects to visit a feeder stocked with a sugar solution. Then he gently applied a tiny drop of ...

Springer bee expert Juergen Tautz wins prize for public communication

... treatise looking at all aspects of bees and bee colonies. The Buzz about Bees features over 200 lush, color photographs of bees, honeycombs, and hives and was published in May 2008. The magazine Bee Culture wrote: "The most up-to-date honeybee biology book I've ever seen. It has an incredible ...

Pesticide build-up could lead to poor honey bee health

... American Chemical Society meeting in Philadelphia. Those results show unprecedented levels of fluvalinate and coumaphos -- pesticides used in the hives to combat varroa mites -- in all comb and foundation wax samples. They also found lower levels of 70 other pesticides and metabolites of those ...

Bee species outnumber mammals and birds combined

... for our crops. The vast majority of known bee species are solitary, primitively social, or parasitic. These bees do not make honey or live in hives but are essential pollinators of crops and native plants. Honey is made by nearly 500 species of tropical stingless bees in addition to the ...

For honey bee queens, multiple mating makes a difference

... conditions. Some queens were inseminated with the semen from one drone, others with the semen from 10 drones. The scientists then put the queens in hives and observed them. They found that worker bees paid more attention to the multiply inseminated queens. Worker bees demonstrate what is known as a ...

Mayan stingless bee keeping: Going, going, gone?

... in that it was routinely propagated. Mayan bee keepers divided existing hives in order to increase the number of hives and honey production. "That technology is all but lost, but we'd like to ...

Warning from Asian bees

... of Varroa mite – destructor and jacobsoni; the latter would not threaten the health of local bee populations but destructor has wiped out commercial hives and feral populations the world over and Australia is the last remaining major beekeeping country free of it. Asian bees remain feral, cannot be ...

Hives ferment a yeasty brew, attract beetle pest

... mite infestations, fungal infections and beetles. Recently, beekeepers in the U.S. reported occurrences of Colony Collapse Disorder, a syndrome where hives are found abandoned, except for the queen and a few workers. Beekeepers and researchers are unsure of the cause of CCD. "Whether or not it has ...

Children of allergy sufferers prone to same problem

... Infants whose parents have allergies that produce symptoms like wheezing, asthma, hay fever or hives risk developing allergic sensitization much earlier in life than previously reported, according to a study by Cincinnati researchers. The study ...

Bee mites suppress bee immunity, open door for viruses and bacteria

... State professor of entomology, now believe that a combination of bee mites, deformed wing virus and bacteria is causing the problems occurring in hives across the country. "Once one mite begins to feed on a developing bee, all the subsequent mites will use the same feeding location," says ...
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