Monthly Archives: January 2014

Nepal works to boost local bees

Though the Asian honeybee is perfectly suited to conditions in Nepal, it’s been partially squeezed out by its European counterpart. Now beekeepers are working to replace lost colonies of local bee species.   Project goal: to protect the diversity of bee … Continue reading

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FEAR GROWS OVER ASIAN INVADERS SET TO DESTROY NATIVES

Bee keepers across Spain are battening down the hatches in preparation of an impending invasion. A plague of “devouring bees” is set to wreak havoc in Spain in the next few months, as the Asian Wasp, to call it by … Continue reading

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A Bee in Man’s Bonnet

Have you heard of the Africanised Honey Bee? The Queen explains. It is true that Man is a mean meddler. Not just a mean one but a greedy manipulator of his environment. His buzzword is “MORE”. The bee in his … Continue reading

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Babies left fighting for their lives after getting botulism ‘from eating honey’

Two British boys, 3 months and 5 months, put on life-support machines Only cured of botulism after £50,000 medication flown over from America Sparked warning from health chiefs against babies under 1 eating honey The disease is caused by bacteria … Continue reading

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The new buzzword: How honey could treat hay fever, heal wounds and combat MRSA

SALES of the stuff have overtaken jam for the first time. So is that because we now realise that as well as tasting great, honey has many other benefits? Honey sales are booming and it’s just overtaken jam as the … Continue reading

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Plant Virus Jumps to Honey Bees in Possible Link to Collapse

A virus that typically infects plants was found in honey bees and could help explain their decline, researchers in the U.S. and China wrote in a study in the American Society of Microbiology’s online journal mBio. Routine screening of bees … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Gifts

Our busy little black and yellow friends are vital to our well-being, as they pollinate the plants that we grow for food, but, our Honey bees are in crisis. Their population is dwindling at an alarming rate, under attack from … Continue reading

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The secret of the old beekeeper.

The secret of the old beekeeper. This story was told me by one woman in a suburban train, when she learned that I am a correspondent : “Tell me about Gregory Danyluk please, his balm works wonders .” It’s not … Continue reading

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Tiny Sensors Are Being Attached To Thousands of Bees So They Can Monitor The Evironment

Thousands of bees in Australia are being fitted with tiny sensors as part of a world-first research program to monitor the environment via swarm sensing. Up to 5,000 sensors, measuring 2.5mm x 2.5mm, are being fitted to the backs of … Continue reading

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Native hive deaths being investigated

KANDANGA was the focal point for south-east Queensland’s emerging native bee industry on Sunday, as hive owners investigated hive deaths linked to recent extreme heat. About 80 professional and amateur beekeepers gathered at Kandanga Hall, but organiser Glenbo Craig said … Continue reading

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Early’s Honey Stand: Local foods since 1925

Early’s Honey Stand began sharing Southern food and fare with the world in 1925, when founder Erskine Early’s parents set up a roadside stand along Highway 31 in Spring Hill, Tenn. Early’s father was a beekeeper, and the stand was an easy … Continue reading

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Dundee bee scientist wins Stephen Fry award

A DUNDEE University neuroscientist, whose work has significantly enhanced scientists’ knowledge of the threats faced by the world’s bees, has been awarded the University’s annual Stephen Fry Award for Excellence in Research. Dr Christopher Connolly, a Reader in the Division … Continue reading

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Orchardists come cropper with native bee shortage

WARNING: Chris Fuller from Kin Kin Native Bees and Dr Tim Heard of the CSIRO, with a surviving hive of stingless native bees at Landcare Nursery. GYMPIE region orchardists and croppers are facing a new year environmental crisis, after extreme … Continue reading

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Massive Beehive, 40,000 Bees Found at Miami International Airport

40-pound beehive containing 25 pounds of honey found at Miami Airport A 40-pound beehive containing about 40,000 bees that was found at Miami International Airport was relocated to a local honey farm. The hive was discovered last month by construction … Continue reading

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Lit Buffs Throng Honey Stalls, But Shun Booze

Writers and literature lovers visiting this hilly town are clamouring for honey, and staying away from its liquor stores and bars. Bee-rearing is popular in and around Madikeri, and stalls selling honey are doing brisk business during the 80th all-India … Continue reading

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Honey Council needs E2.8m for 2014 projects

THE Swaziland Honey Council (SHC) will require more than E2.8 million for its activities this year, which also includes the amendment of the Importation Control Act of 1910. SHC’s Mandla Langwenya said about E220 000 would be for the establishment … Continue reading

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Europe lacks bees to pollinate its crops

A shortage of honeybees means that European farmers are increasingly reliant on wild pollinators. In more than half of European countries, there are not enough honeybees to pollinate crops, according to new research. Scientists believe that a boom in biofuels … Continue reading

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Food security at risk from bee decline

Researchers warn of food industry “crisis” unless urgent action taken to halt decline in pollinator populations The UK is facing a food security “catastrophe” unless urgent action is taken to protect declining populations of wild pollinators, such as bees. That … Continue reading

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UOG researchers conduct honeybee nat’l health survey

Dr. Ross Miller’s Entomology Lab at the University of Guam Western Pacific Tropical Research Center has its antennae in a lot of hives with the first ever survey of the island’s honeybee population. Honeybee health in the U.S. mainland has … Continue reading

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Consider pollinators when choosing plants for spring

It is time to think about spring planting for gardens and landscapes. When thinking about plants, also think about pollinators. That includes bees, butterflies, moths, beetles and hummingbirds. Pollinators, especially bees, have been in the news. Most people know bee … Continue reading

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LSU AgCenter to research impact of mosquito spray on bees

A $167,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will help researchers at the LSU Agricultural Center determine whether laboratory-tested safety precautions to protect honey bees from mosquito spraying actually work in the field. Lead researcher Kristen Healy, assistant professor … Continue reading

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Bath School’s Watermark Award Creates A Buzz

A well-known Bath school’s bee keeping club has won a special Wessex Watermark Award, the first announced for 2014. Senior students at Monkton Combe School will use their Award to buy a glass sided demonstration bee hive to teach the … Continue reading

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GM’s Pollinator Garden In Saginaw, MI Earns Award

The Pollinator Advocate Award was given to GM’s Saginaw Metal Casting Operations plant for their continued dedication to biodiversity at the facility. The location was recognized by the Wildlife Habitat Council for their efforts to protect and reserve pollinators (bees) which, in … Continue reading

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Asian bee killing PNG honey bee industry

PORT MORESBY, PNG — One species of Asian bees being introduced into Papua New Guinea is slowly killing the apiculture (honey bee) industry, PNG Farmers and Settlers Association President Wilson Thompson said. He said these bees carried varroa mite parasites, which … Continue reading

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Beekeepers hoping hives survive winter

It’s safe to say that this week, with the mercury dipping below zero in many spots and a foot of snow blanketing the region, not many people are thinking about bees. But, as local beekeepers know, they’re sheltered in their … Continue reading

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