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To improve the cluster, destroy the nest « Honey Bee Suite

To improve the cluster, destroy the nest « Honey Bee Suite | Colony Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
Honey Bee Suite is dedicated to honey bees, beekeeping, wild bees, other pollinators, and pollination ecology. It is designed to be informative and fun, but also to remind readers that pollinators throughout the world are endangered.
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Honeybees swarm three planes at Kolkata airport - Times of India

Honeybees swarm three planes at Kolkata airport - Times of India | Colony Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
Honeybees swarm three planes at Kolkata airportTimes of IndiaKOLKATA: The honeybee menace continued to sting Kolkata airport. A swarm invaded three Jet Airways planes on Friday morning, the third such attack in less than a month.
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Honey bee numbers get winter bounce - Western Farm Press

Honey bee numbers get winter bounce - Western Farm Press | Colony Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

"Total losses of managed honey bee colonies from all causes were 21.9 percent nationwide for the 2011/2012 winter, according to the annual survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Bee Informed Partnership and the Apiary Inspectors of America.

This represents a substantial drop in mortality compared to the previous five years, when winter losses of around 30 percent have been reported. Previous surveys found total colony losses of 30 percent in the winter of 2010/2011, 34 percent in 2009/2010, 29 percent in 2008/2009, 36 percent in 2007/2008 and 32 percent in 2006/2007."

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Colony Collapse Disorder In Honeybees – Curated Articles

Colony Collapse Disorder In Honeybees – Curated Articles Kept Up To Date...
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Controversy Swarms Bee and Pesticide Study : Discovery News

Controversy Swarms Bee and Pesticide Study : Discovery News | Colony Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
Another study adds to the buzz that a certain class of pesticides, called neonicotinoids, may be behind the bee-killing colony collapse disorder. But the findings have stirred up a hornet’s nest of objections from the pesticides’ manufacturer Bayer.

Harvard University biologist Chensheng Lu found a correlation between an imidicloprid contaminated diet and one of the symptoms of colony collapse disorder.

 

Bayer is rebuffing the link between its use of insecticide and evidence that a contaminated diet leads to symptoms of colony collapse disorder in bees.

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Studies link pesticides to plunging bee populations

Studies link pesticides to plunging bee populations | Colony Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
A widely used family of pesticides may cause bees to lose their homing instincts and hinder the survival of their colonies, European researchers reported Thursday, suggesting that governments should re-examine their use.

 

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PLoS ONE: Predictive Markers of Honey Bee Colony Collapse

PLoS ONE: Predictive Markers of Honey Bee Colony Collapse | Colony Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
PLoS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.
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Bees Without Borders Is Spreading The Gospel Of Beekeeping Around The World

Bees Without Borders Is Spreading The Gospel Of Beekeeping Around The World | Colony Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
Even if you, for some insane reason, hate honey and never touch a drop of the stuff, you’ve probably eaten a bee-pollinated food today. Coconut? Bee pollinated. Almonds? Those too. Soybeans?
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Dying Honeybees: It Was the Insecticides All Along

Dying Honeybees: It Was the Insecticides All Along | Colony Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
With news that the U.S.honeybee population has been so devastated that some beekeepers will qualify for disaster relief dollars, comes a report from Purdue University that one of the causes of honeybee deaths is - as long suspected - neonicotinoids.'...
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Futurity.org – High insecticide levels in dead honeybees

Futurity.org – High insecticide levels in dead honeybees | Colony Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

Analyses of bees found dead in and around hives from several apiaries over two years in Indiana showed the presence of neonicotinoid insecticides, which are commonly used to coat corn and soybean seeds before planting.
The research showed those insecticides were present at high concentrations in waste talc that is exhausted from farm machinery during planting, according to findings published in the journal PLoS One.

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Honeybee problem nearing a ‘critical point’

Honeybee problem nearing a ‘critical point’ | Colony Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
New information strengthens the case for the role of pesticides -- particularly those used in GMO corn -- in bees' decline. As you can imagine, the nation's beekeepers are upset.
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Honey bee #2 | Flickr : partage de photos !

Honey bee #2 | Flickr : partage de photos ! | Colony Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
Honey bee feeding on sugar/honey spray.22nd Dec The honey bees seem to be quite clever and hang upside down from the leaf edge to get at the drops easier...
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Bee swarms behave just like neurons in the human brain

Bee swarms behave just like neurons in the human brain | Colony Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
When it comes time for honeybee swarm to split off from their mother colony and find a new place to live, something remarkable happens. To communicate most effectively, they organize themselves exactly like the neurons of a complex brain.

 

"It appears that the stop signals in bee swarms serve the same purpose as the inhibitory connections in the brains of monkeys deciding how to move their eyes in response to visual input. In one case we have bees and in the other we have neurons that suppress the activity levels of units – dancing bees or nerve centers – that are representing different alternatives. Bee behavior can shed some light on general issues of decision making. Bees are a lot bigger than neurons for sure, and may be easier to study!"

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Honeybees bite and inject 2-Heptanone

Honeybees bite and inject 2-Heptanone | Colony Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
The researchers found that, during a strong defensive bite, muscular contractions release the chemical from a reservoir near the mandibles. The bee is able to pierce the cuticle of an enemy, such as a wax moth larva, and introduce the 2-Heptanone. The chemical paralyzes the larva for a few minutes—just long enough for it to be removed from the hive.

In other parasites, like Varroa destructor, the 2-Heptanone causes paralysis and death.

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Pesticides not yet proven guilty in bee dieoffs: study - World Science

Pesticides not yet proven guilty in bee dieoffs: studyWorld Science20 issue of the journal Science, U.K.
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Bee health and pesticides | European Crop Protection Association

Bee health and pesticides | European Crop Protection Association | Colony Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

The ECPA speaks on behalf of the crop protections industry. So the impartiality of the Director General of the ECPA (Friedheim Schmider) is questionable when he states that the cause of CCD is multi-factorial.”... and includes harmful parasites, climate change, habitat loss, pollution, pesticides, disease, insufficient food and Invasive Alien Species. But it is the parasitic Varroa mite that has been identified as the biggest specific threat to honey bee populations. Further problems are caused by a lack of appropriate foraging habitat in the modern agricultural landscape during some summer periods. It is also important to note that colony losses do not occur simultaneously across all regions of Europe, but are often prevalent in specific regions only” 

 

So when the Sacremento Bee publishes a PR Newswire report about the causes of CCD and reflects the position of the crop protection industry  [ see http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/01/4531123/bee-health-and-pesticides.html ] - it is dangerously close to being the witting or unwitting mouthpiece of a lobby.

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AllGov - News - Blamed for Bee Population Collapse, Monsanto Buys Bee Collapse Research Group

AllGov - News - Blamed for Bee Population Collapse, Monsanto Buys Bee Collapse Research Group | Colony Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
Monsanto has purchased a research company whose mission is to combat the massive die off of honeybees—a problem blamed in part on the biotech giant’s genetically modified corn.

Last fall, Monsanto quietly purchased Beeologics, which is “dedicated to restoring bee health and protecting the future of insect pollination,” by combating Colony Collapse Disorder, according to the company’s website

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Beekeepers & Environmental Groups to EPA: Pesticide Approval is “Irresponsible” & “Damaging.” Over 1 million urge EPA to suspend use of pesticide harmful to bees, fix broken regulatory system

Beekeepers & Environmental Groups to EPA: Pesticide Approval is “Irresponsible” & “Damaging.” Over 1 million urge EPA to suspend use of pesticide harmful to bees, fix broken regulatory system | Colony Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

Beekeepers & Environmental Groups to EPA: Pesticide Approval is “Irresponsible” & “Damaging.” Over 1 million urge EPA to suspend use of pesticide harmful to bees, fix broken regulatory system
March 21, 2012 – Today, commercial beekeepers and environmental organizations filed an urgent legal petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend further use of a pesticide the agency knows poses harm to honey bees, and adopt safeguards to ensure similar future pesticides aren’t approved by the agency. The legal petition is supported by over one million citizen petitions also submitted today that were collected from people across the country calling out one pesticide in particular – clothianidin – for its harmful impacts on honey bees.

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Studies show how pesticides make bees lose their way

Studies show how pesticides make bees lose their way | Colony Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

LONDON, March 29 (Reuters) - Scientists have discovered ways in which even low doses of widely used pesticides (a neonicotinoid named thiamethoxam and another named imidacloprid)  can harm bumblebees and honeybees, interfering with their homing abilities and making them lose weight - contributing to deaths in winter

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Colony Collapse Disorder: It's Pesticides, Stupid!

http://www.biobees.com CCD is caused by pesticides. Specifically, neonicotinoids in a synergistic combination that is yet to be fully understood. That is the... (Colony Collapse Disorder: It's Pesticides, Stupid!
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THE BEE PHOTOGRAPHER - bee pictures - exhibits - apiculture - photolibrary

le peuple des abeilles (For an amazing collection of #honeybee photos visit ÉRIC TOURNERET, the bee photographer.)...
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Chemical Treatment for Varroa Mites Temporarily Worsens Viral Infections in Honeybees | News Room

Acaricide, a chemical used against Varroa mites that infect honeybees, appears to render bees more susceptible to deformed wing virus infections, according to research published in the January issue of the journal Applied and Environmental...

 

"The Varroa mite is currently the main pathogen linked to colony collapse disorder among European honey bees worldwide." (Rubbish - it is NOT the main culprit)

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Honeybee problem nearing a 'critical point'

Honeybee problem nearing a 'critical point' | Colony Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
Grist: Unusual honeybee die-offs have become so severe that some US beekeepers will qualify for disaster relief funds...
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Honey bee #2 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Honey bee #2 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! | Colony Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
Honey bee. ... Honey bee #2. Honey bee. Comments and faves. Want to format your comment? By Lord V Brian Valentine+ Add Contact. This photo was taken on December 22, 2011 using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II.
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Honey bee #1 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Honey bee #1 | Flickr - Photo Sharing! | Colony Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it
Honey bee. ... Honey bee #1. Honey bee. Comments and faves. Want to format your comment? By Lord V Brian Valentine+ Add Contact. This photo was taken on December 22, 2011 using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II.
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