Monthly Archives: December 2013

Rain stops bees from pollinating

The rain has not only sent holidaymakers hunkering down with a book, but bees are retreating to their sheltered hives instead of pollinating crops. Mid-Canterbury farmer David Clark said the wet weather was good for the self-pollinating crops like cereals, … Continue reading

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MFU, SEDCO train 200 honey producers

ABOUT 200 honey producers have been mentored in four areas, courtesy of a partnership between the Micro Finance Unit (MFU) and Small Enterprises Development Company (SEDCO). Swaziland Honey Council (SHC) Chairman Mandla Langwenya said SEDCO and the MFU initiated a … Continue reading

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Braunsapis maxschwarzi: New Species of Bee from Central African Republic

Dr Michael Engel, an entomologist with the University of Kansas’ Natural History Museum, has reported the discovery of a new species of bee in the Central African Republic. The newfound bee belongs to Braunsapis, a genus of bees that do not … Continue reading

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Lessons from bees

Bees and children normally have a volatile relationship. The fear of being stung and the increasing number of children with allergic reactions tends to create a unsympathetic environment for the humble bee. But one East Auckland school is going against … Continue reading

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Mite and weather blamed for Guernsey low honey yield

A parasitic mite and unfavourable weather have caused a drop in honey production in Guernsey, the island’s beekeepers association has said. Honey bees have been affected by the Varroa mite and the cold weather and strong winds at the start … Continue reading

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Bees join birdies as focus at Guelph golf course

GUELPH — Golfers might be wondering what all the buzz is about at Cutten Fields Golf Club this spring and summer. The historic College Avenue private club has teamed up with seed and crop product multinational Syngenta to increase the … Continue reading

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Honey bee production down 26% in 5 years

Saudi Arabia’s honey bee production fell by 26 percent to reach 119,000 kg in 2011 compared to 156,000 kg in 2007, a report released by the Ministry of Agriculture shows. Production of honey bee continued to decline from 2007 gradually … Continue reading

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Saving the Bees!

On December 21st Beekeepers from the Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association (SBBA) were determined to save a hive of bees. The bees escaped from a failed extermination attempt and created a beautiful exposed hive 30 feet in the air. The hive … Continue reading

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Athreb Mountain: Where scenery and honey are redefined

ABHA – Athreb Mountain is one of the highest in the Asir region. Standing at 2,200 meters above sea level, it has always been an important tourist attraction because of the mesmerizing scenery, serenity and beautiful weather. Its strategic location overlooks … Continue reading

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A new suspect in bee deaths: the US government

As scientists race to pinpoint the cause of the global collapse of honey bee populations that pollinate a third of the world’s crops, environmental groups have indentified one culprit: US authorities who continue to approve pesticides implicated in the apian … Continue reading

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SD Honey Council partners with Zambian counterparts

THE Swaziland Honey Council (SHC) has forged information sharing partnerships with the Zambian Honey Council. The SHC conducted an exposure visit to the Zambia Honey Council between in April 2013. According to the SHC 2013 report, the team travelled to … Continue reading

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Heinz closure affects local beekeeper in a big way

Tom Congdon of Sun Parlour Honey sells Heinz honey for its barbeque sauces The closure of the Leamington Heinz plant won’t just affect tomato farmers and employees there. It will also put a dent in a beekeeper’s bottom line. Tom … Continue reading

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Bee Healthy

The Texas climate can be rough and varied as the landscape. In the winter months, temperate sun-soaked mornings can swiftly turn inclement, leaving many folks with a bad case of the sniffles. To help fend off your well-being woes, beekeeper … Continue reading

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Russian beekeepers strive to ban GM honey

The Russian National Beekeepers Association addressed to The Federal Service for Customers Rights with a request to ban the sale of honey with pesticides, GMOs and chemical impurities. According to market participants, Russia must discontinue both the sale of drugs … Continue reading

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Saudi spray jets destroy bees instead of locusts

Saudi planes spraying insecticides to destroy large swarms of locusts invading many parts of the Gulf Kingdom accidentally exterminated millions of bees in nearly 850 hives in just one area, prompting farmers to demand damages. Farmers inspecting their hives after … Continue reading

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The majority rules in a honeybee democracy

Some have the perception that the queen bee rules the colony. Of course fully mature, she is the largest bee and has the longest life span (up to four years). She is the mother of most if not all the … Continue reading

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Kano Govt. gives out N3m nursed plants for bee farming

The Kano State Government said it had given out over three million nursed plants to farmers to use for bee farming in the state. The State Commissioner for Environment, Dr Abdullahi Abbas, made this known at the opening of a … Continue reading

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Native black bee reserve to be created on Colonsay

SCOTLAND’S only native black bee is to get special protection through the creation of the first honey bee reserve in the UK, it was announced today. The landmark reserve is to be established on the island of Colonsay for the … Continue reading

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Life is sweet

Stung by his knowledge of 50 years’ experience as a bee-keeper, the students, kitted out in their protective clothing, were buzzing around Mr Oosting’s Edgcumbe Beach property to learn everything they could about keeping bees before they returned home to … Continue reading

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Why raw honey is good for you

Sticky, fragrant honey is nature’s most interesting sweetener and alwaysastonishing in the way its scent, taste and colour reflects the flora from which the bees collect their nectar. Honey from pine forests and heather moors tends to be more amber … Continue reading

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Honeybees Pollinating Passionfruit in Kenya!

Greetings from the Kerio Valley in Northwestern Kenya. This beautiful valley, an extension of the magnificent Great Rift Valley, is one of my favorite places. It is a veritable paradise for bees and other insects that live in the valleys’ … Continue reading

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Dursley pupils enjoy sweet success with honey business

CHILDREN from Dursley enjoyed the sweet taste of business success when they sold out of their premium honey in minutes at Wycliffe Preparatory School. The honey came from the Stonehouse school’s two hives which form part of the activities for … Continue reading

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Anhui: Biggest Honey Exporting Province in China in Jan-Nov Period

Between January and November, Anhui’s honey exports reached 26,056 tonnes, worth $49.5 million, ranking first in the country, local authorities said. The province saw a 48.15 percent and 50.56 percent year-on-year rise in the volume and value of the exports, … Continue reading

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Britain finds new tool in the fight against bee parasite

BBSRC-funded scientists at Rothamsted Research have made a discovery which could help in the fight against the parasitic Varroa mite, which is devastating to bee colonies. They have developed a test for the detection and management of resistance to an … Continue reading

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Bomb sniffing bees may one day keep airports safe

Don’t panic. Banish from your mind any thoughts you might have had about young girls and tech writers being chased screaming through airport lobbies by swarms of stinging insects. Though it would be a fitting punchline to the TSA’s ongoing … Continue reading

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