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May
28
2017

Corn seed treatment insecticides pose risks to honey bees, yield benefits elusive
Nearly every foraging honey bee in the state of Indiana will encounter neonicotinoids during corn planting season, and the common seed treatments produced no improvement in crop yield, according to a Purdue University study.
Neonicotinoids, including clothianidin and thiamethoxam, are a class of insecticide commonly applied as a coating to corn and soybean seeds to protect them from early-season pests. Since the coatings are sticky, a talc or graphite powder is added to vacuum systems in planters to keep the seeds from clumping. Powder exhausted from the planter contains neonicotinoids.

 

May
23
2017

Wild bees and other pollinators are in decline, threatening pollination of crops and wildflowers. Dave Goulson will talk about the reasons for these declines, and focus particularly on pesticides. Modern farming has become dependent on heavy pesticide use, and this is highly likely to be contributing significantly to declines of bees.
Dave will propose ways forward for food production: how do we feed ourselves without wiping out bees and other wildlife ?; does Brexit offer an opportunity ?

 

April
09
2017

Can Mushrooms Save the Honey Bee? | bioGraphic
Researchers at Washington State University have been fighting back by treating hives with mushroom spores and extracts that are toxic to varroa mites. As a bonus, the mushroom’s antiviral properties keep bees healthy and living longer..

 

Feb
11
2017

Mexico builds wall to keep out Monsanto’s GMOs
Mexican beekeepers are celebrating a victory after biotech giant Monsanto lost its permit to plant Roundup-ready genetically modified soybeans in the country. RT America's Marina Portnaya reports. Then, Simone Del Rosario is joined by Jeffrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology to weigh-in.

 

Feb
05
2017

Chile is trying to save its bee population damaged by fires
Chile’s worst wildfires in its modern history, which are ravaging wide swaths of the country’s central-south regions, have claimed another silent but essential victim of human life: Bees.
For the past few weeks, bees and other pollinators have faced increasing risks to their survival, threatening foods such as apples, blueberries and coffee.
It is estimated at least 9,000 hives have been destroyed around the country, local media reported.

 

Dec
17
2016

For the first time, Varroa mites have been recorded hopping onto honey bees from flowers, and doing so with surprising agility, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE.
Researchers from Cornell University recorded the footage. It matters because Varroa mites are the scourge of honey bee populations worldwide, infesting managed and wild colonies alike. The tiny parasites feed on bee adults and larvae, making the fliers more prone to infections and passing onto them illnesses such as deformed wing virus.

 

Dec
07
2016

Halfway through a video of a speech by the biologist Professor Dave Goulson there is an abrupt loss of sound. Goulson, who has devoted his working life to highlighting the catastrophic decline of bees, is giving a talk to hundreds gathered at the National Honey Show in 2015. Strangely, his words are silenced for 20 seconds of the video uploaded by the show to YouTube, precisely when he discusses the impact on bees of the most widely used insecticides in the world – neonicotinoids. ... ( Source: The Guardian )

 

Aug
07
2016

A self-monitoring hive that takes the hard work out of beekeeping could help reinvigorate the country’s declining honey bee population.
Mella - an urban beehive designed especially for novices - is the brainchild of Loughborough University Industrial Design and Technology student Ellie MacLeod.

 

July
28
2016

Bumblebees coax pollen from flowers with a secret 'knock'
When it comes to unlocking the pollen from certain types of flowers, only a secret buzz will work — a buzz that bumblebees know how to perform. Not even honeybees, the most famous of pollinators, know how to crack the code.
Called buzz pollination, the strategy is utilized by some 20,000 flowering plant species including many agricultural crops we know and love like tomatoes, blueberries, potatoes and cranberries to name just a few. The plants make the bees work extra hard for a payoff of pollen.

 

July
14
2016

What is hapening to our bees

 

June
01
2016

Bees are in trouble. Around the world many types of bee are in decline, and some species have gone extinct. These declines are driven by multiple factors including loss of wildflowers from the countryside, outbreaks of disease, and exposure to the many pesticides used in modern farming. Without bees we would have no strawberries, tomatoes, chili peppers, blueberries or cucumbers, to name just a few. We need to take action to help them

 


May
21
2016
Did You Know Humans Have Relied on Bees for 9,000 Years?

 


May
20
2016
Bears and Bees                  

 


May
01
2016
Rescue WILD BEE COLONY by Nairn Beekeepers (Invernessshire) after a phone call from the local Police reporting that the bee tree was in danger of falling

 


April
05
2016
The beauty of pollination

 


March
28
2016
After two years of experimenting, the stone fruit physiologist and his collaborators believe they have developed an effective artificial pollination system that uses an electrostatic sprayer to apply a suspension of pollen to flowering fruit trees.
Welcome to Whiting’s vision of farming WITHOUT bees

 


Feb
10
2016
The past few years have seen Ontario honey bees dying off at an alarming rate, with a number of factors likely contributing to the problem. The province of Ontario recently curbed the use of neonicotinoid, a powerful pesticide linked with bee health. The Agenda looks at that move, along with other work being done to safeguard nature's pollinators

 


Feb
05
2016
Bees love cannabis as much as humans do. Just look at them clenching to those weed buds. Ever wondered how cannabis honey tasted ?

 

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