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Why We Need to Save Wildlife to Save Ourselves

Why We Need to Save Wildlife to Save Ourselves | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
Midway through the new special issue of Science, about the global loss of wildlife, my heart caught on this idea: We now live with a steady, imperceptible loss “in people’s expectations of what the...

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Compelling argument for respect for the natural environment.

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The essence of Aldo Leopold's "Land Ethic" is that human acceptance of the equality of other creatures is essential for the survival of all.

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Flooding Risk From Climate Change, Country by Country

Flooding Risk From Climate Change, Country by Country | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
A new analysis of sea levels and flood risk around the world offers more evidence that the brunt of climate change will not be borne equally.


More than a quarter of Vietnam’s residents live in areas likely to be subject to regular floods by the end of the century.  Globally, eight of the 10 large countries most at risk are in Asia.  These figures are the result of a new analysis of sea levels and flood risk around the world, conducted by Climate Central and based on more detailed sea-level data than has previously been available.  The analysis offers more evidence that the countries emitting the most carbon aren’t necessarily the ones that will bear the brunt of climate change.  


Tags: Southeast Asia, water, disasters, urban ecology, coastalclimate change


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Fascinating study on the flood impact of climate change

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Garry Rogers's curator insight, October 9, 2:18 PM

The cost of these and other consequences of global warming will not be born by the few growing rich on the industries causing the problems. The cost will be born by the people working to produce the profit.

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These 10 countries have pledged $2.3 billion to fight climate change. The US isn't one of them.

These 10 countries have pledged $2.3 billion to fight climate change. The US isn't one of them. | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
Contributions to the Green Climate Fund have been slow and low.

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Actually, the US is busy exporting its technology and savoire faire in the areas of GM foods, pesticides, industrial agriculture, and foods that have been grown under conditions that give them a structural competitive advantage.  The only way to stop the juggernaut is the for the rest of the world to say, "we don't want to eat this stuff."  You want to stop climate change?  Responsible, sustainable agricultural policy is the first step.

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Why Not?   Count More Than Human Cash to Survive.  Numerous Religions Warn Humans to Count More than Mechanical, Artificial, Empty Numbers and Structures of Deadly Cashflow Floods....to Value Also the Invaluable, the Priceless, The Critical Flows Impossible to Count In Human Cash.   Human Cash Crushes And Climate Baking and Drowning Crush the Ability of Nature to Produce the Critcial flows, Light, Air, Photosynthetic Oxygen as O2 to Breathe, Water As H2O to Drink, Rich, Organic Topsoil Production and Soilmakers, Green Absorbent Watersheds to Grow Food and Shelter & Flood Protection That Humans Need Every Minute to Keep Humans Alive Day to Day and Minute to Minute.   But the Cash-Driven Idiots Just Don't Get It and Are Trying to Cause Hell and Armageddon of, by, for Privatized Cashflow Floods into Private Bank Accounts of Only 1%.  Criminal.

 

Hold them Accountable Now.  They Are Not God.   They Do Not Own US.   We are Not Slaves Yet.

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Lexicon Of Sustainability – The Food List: Terroir

Lexicon Of Sustainability – The Food List: Terroir | Honey Bees | Scoop.it

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El concepto de Terroir es muy importante para nosotros aquí en Yucatan donde producimos la mejor miel del mundo…pero no siempre vendemos de la manera mejor para capturar el valor…no es obvio, pero la miel mas natural, menos labrada, menos filtrada, de una cosecha especifica, es la que tiene el valor mas alto

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4 problems GMO labeling won't solve - Grist (2014)

4 problems GMO labeling won't solve - Grist (2014) | Honey Bees | Scoop.it

This election season, there are initiatives on the ballot in Colorado and Oregon to label foods made with the help of genetic engineering, and there are legislative efforts to do the same in dozens of other states. I like the idea of GMO labeling, though for unorthodox reasons. But I do mourn all of the money, more money, effort, and political bandwidth  that this issue is sponging up.

Most people I know who would like to label GMOs aren’t fixated on the biotechnology. The things they really care about are the amounts of pesticides we’re spraying, or the role of agribusiness in American farming, or some other larger issue that’s not limited to genetic engineering. The problem is that labeling GMOs is an ineffectual way of getting at most of these problems, and could make some of them worse.

Labeling would make it easier for people to opt out of buying GMOs (remember, you can already do that by buying organic), but... all of the debate over GMOs has led seed corporations to turn back to the older technology  of mutagenesis — creating new varieties by altering seeds with radiation or mutagenic chemicals — which is more likely to cause unintended effects than genetic engineering... Focusing exclusively on GE gives riskier technologies a pass.


Herbicide-resistant GMO seeds are responsible for a massive increase in the use of the herbicide glyphosate... GMO plants engineered to ward off insects, however, have had the opposite effect: They’ve led to a big reduction in insecticides sprayed... If we really want to do something about pesticides, a better approach might be to tax them depending on their toxicity and potential for environmental damage... 


A lot of people who vote for GMO labels will really be trying to vote against Big Ag. It won’t work... Even if we completely rejected GMOs, the agribusiness conglomerates would remain intact. And agriculture isn’t the biggest problem out there... Exxon is 10 times bigger than Monsanto. If corporate consolidation is the problem, a solution might be beefing up our anti-trust rules.

 

You can patent GMOs. You can also patent plant varieties  developed through traditional breeding. You can also patent rectangles with rounded corners, as Apple has done. Clearly the patent law is deeply in need of reform. But refusing to buy GMOs will do about as much to achieve that goal as refusing to buy iPhones.

 

I just worry that we are being suckered. I don’t buy the idea that if we throw lots of information — in the form of labels — on our products, we’ll be able to shop our way out of our problems. Rather than banking on this tenuous market solution, we could be addressing these issues directly.

 

http://grist.org/food/here-are-4-problems-that-gmo-labeling-wont-solve/

 


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Too true…we often focus too much on the tip of the iceberg rather than focusing on the root cause.

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GMOs Are Old Hat. Synthetically Modified Food Is The New Frontier

GMOs Are Old Hat. Synthetically Modified Food Is The New Frontier | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
Scientists hyping synthetic biology say it may one day give us biofuels, drugs and organisms that will solve hefty global problems. But synthetic biology food is already here, and causing controversy.

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Les néonicotinoïdes, fléau environnemental? - RTS.ch

Les néonicotinoïdes, fléau environnemental? - RTS.ch | Honey Bees | Scoop.it

Depuis le milieu des années 1990, l’agriculture a connu une révolution discrète: les néonicotinoïdes. Une gamme d’insecticides dont le mode d’action est systémique. Cela signifie que la plante intègre la substance toxique et qu’elle devient elle-même toxique pour les insectes dès qu’elle sort de terre. Ces insecticides seraient responsables d’un effondrement global des populations d’insectes et, en conséquence, de celui des insectivores, comme de nombreuses espèces d’oiseaux.


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How A Young Community Of Entrepreneurs Is Rebuilding Detroit

How A Young Community Of Entrepreneurs Is Rebuilding Detroit | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
Can entrepreneurs save the city? Nothing else seems to be working.
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You bet we can

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You bet we can

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You bet we can

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La conquête sociale de la terre, par Edward O Wilson [chronique]

La conquête sociale de la terre, par Edward O Wilson [chronique] | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
Wilson s’est illustré par ses recherches et réflexions concernant les insectes sociaux et l’évolution des espèces. Doté d’une grande ...


Breizh Info. « Entomologiste de réputation mondiale, le biologiste américain Edward O. Wilson s’est illustré par ses recherches et réflexions concernant les insectes sociaux et l’évolution des espèces. Doté d’une grande créativité et d’un courage intellectuel remarquable, il n’a pas hésité à dénoncer tous les poncifs de l’environnementalisme (behaviorism) qui niaient l’innéité d’un très grand nombre de comportements animaux et humains (dont les comportements sociaux). Ses prises de position lui ont valu, au cours des trois dernières décennies du siècle dernier, de subir le dénigrement et l’acharnement haineux de la plupart des journalistes mais aussi de certains scientifiques tels les « radical scientists » dont les motivations étaient idéologiques et plus précisément trotskystes. Edward Wilson a publié récemment un ouvrage d’une grande importance  qui concerne l’apparition de l’eu-socialité, une particularité comportementale dont les humains ont hérité avec un très petit nombre d’espèces d’insectes (fourmis, abeilles, guêpes, termites…). »


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A fascinating and engaging man in person, and a profoundly influential figure in the world of biodiversity…and our spiritual patron here at Melipona on Facebook

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A Taste of Honey - Baltimore Jewish Times (subscription)

A Taste of Honey - Baltimore Jewish Times (subscription) | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
A Taste of Honey Baltimore Jewish Times (subscription) 091914_honey The traditional Rosh Hashanah taste of apples dipped in honey, as well as the challah with honey (instead of salt) taken at meals through the end of Sukkot, invoke thoughts and...
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It seems that every culture has a tradition of using honey.  Here in Mexico we have Baalche, a fermented drink made with Melipona honey.

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Maya Facts on Twitter: "Kab means both ‘bee’ AND 'honey’ in Maya. Art from the Melitz’aak women’s cooperative in Carrillo.#Maya #Bee #Honey http://t.co/1pw5QbA5jP"

Maya Facts on Twitter: "Kab means both ‘bee’ AND 'honey’ in Maya. Art from the Melitz’aak women’s cooperative in Carrillo.#Maya #Bee #Honey http://t.co/1pw5QbA5jP" | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
Kab means both ‘bee’ AND 'honey’ in Maya. Art from the Melitz’aak women’s cooperative in Carrillo.#Maya #Bee #Honey http://t.co/1pw5QbA5jP
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Disparition des insectes : une catastrophe silencieuse

Disparition des insectes : une catastrophe silencieuse | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
Pour François Ramade, professeur émérite d'écologie à l'université de Paris-Sud, les insecticides modernes, notamment les néonicotinoïdes, sont responsables d'une véritable "catastrophe écologique". Et, selon lui, "la réponse des pouvoirs publics des pays développés et des institution...

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Half the Earth

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Apart from the painful inequity of one species offering to give half the world to all the millions of others, I have to question that half will even be enough.  E. O. Wilson is supporting the idea that the current mass extinction can be stopped by reserving half the Earth for wildlife.

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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, August 25, 10:31 AM

A beautiful idea, but how on earth could it be done?  And which half?

Julia Connor's curator insight, September 15, 2:48 PM

This is such a beautiful picture to use for such an important issue.

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Study Finds Honey Bees Originated from Asia, not Africa - Entomology Today

Study Finds Honey Bees Originated from Asia, not Africa - Entomology Today | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
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In a study published in Nature Genetics, researchers from Uppsala University present the first global analysis of genome variation in honey bees.
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The Most Ambitious Environmental Lawsuit Ever

The Most Ambitious Environmental Lawsuit Ever | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
A quixotic historian tries to hold oil and gas companies responsible for Louisiana’s disappearing coast.

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La situación aqui en Mexico y en todo el Golfo de Mexico es ugual.

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Biotech and Agribusinesses Spending Heavily to Defeat State GMO Food Labeling Votes

Biotech and Agribusinesses Spending Heavily to Defeat State GMO Food Labeling Votes | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
The Cornucopia Institute releases shopper’s guide red-flagging pro/con food brands involved with Colorado and Oregon Initiatives Cornucopia, WI: Citizen in

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An informed consumer is at least better armed.  Getting to know your local farmers may be the only way to shop responsibly.

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Monsanto Announces "Global Center" for Developing GMO Corn

Monsanto Announces "Global Center" for Developing GMO Corn | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
Monsanto announced this week that it is opening a new facility in Mexico to research and develop new hybrid types of corn resistant to disease and climate conditions.

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El nivel de cinismo en las acciones de Monsanto parecen ser más fuerte. Boicot a los productos por favor, piquetes de su empresa, escriba a su representante legal para expresar su descontento con esta empresa y lo que hace. Y si usted alguna vez a alguien que trabaja para la empresa preguntarles cómo pueden soportarlo.


The level of cynicism in Monsanto's actions speak loudest.  Boycott their products please, picket their company, write to your legal representative to express your discontent about this company and what it does.  And if you ever meet someone who works for the company ask them how they can stomach it.

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To place this in the birthplace of corn is very symbolic and insensitive.

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10 things that would fix the food system faster than GMO-labeling - Grist (2014)

10 things that would fix the food system faster than GMO-labeling - Grist (2014) | Honey Bees | Scoop.it

If we want a better food system there are plenty of things that would make a bigger difference than GMO labeling... 

 

10. Ban the advertising of unhealthy foods to kids... 

9. Protect the most fertile lands from being covered in concrete... 

8. Eliminate subsidies for agriculture.

7. Institute measures to improve farm animal welfare.

6. Pay farmers for ecological services...

5. Tax sugar.

4. Eliminate use of medically important antibiotics in agriculture.

3. Guarantee the right to good food...

2. Guarantee farmworkers’ right to make a decent wage... 

1. Tax... greenhouse gases, which could turn agriculture into a climate solution...

 

http://grist.org/food/10-things-that-would-fix-the-food-system-faster-than-gmo-labeling/

 


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Ideas fantasticos

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Pourquoi ce site?

Professionnel de la profession apicole, j’ai ouvert ce Topic à l’intention des professionnels de la « profession » et ceux quelle touche.
Mais pas seulement. Le « tout public » se rendra compte ici des préoccupations de ces femmes et hommes d’exception qui chaque jour et du mieux qu’ils peuvent choient leus z’amies zélées, c’est leur vie, un « cheptel » pas commun, c’est leur vie….
Cette vie aujourd’hui, leur vie professionnelle, depuis l’apparition des pesticides en fait, est malmenée, menacée pour tout dire.
Sachez le, ils tiennent à bout de bras un de nos auxiliaire de vie, un animal des plus précieux qui soit : l’Abeille.
Insecte mythique s’il en est, de part son travail de pollinisation de nos cultures, sans lui nos assiettes seraient bien pauvres, pommes de terre, produits issus de la transformation des céréales et puis c’est tout.
Tout ce qui donne de la joie à nos papilles, les fruits, la plupart des légumes, les épices, sans notre abeille, tout ça oui, est appelé à disparaître au train où vont les choses.
J’ai la prétention ici de rassembler de l’information, utile, brute, telle qu’elle parait dans nos médias.

Des infos pas réjouissantes la plupart du temps, mais aussi des images de beauté pour comprendre pourquoi il faut se mobiliser, oui se mobiliser, pour sauvegarder ce petit animal social qui nous apporte tant. Tout en fait.
Partagez ce Topic, faites le connaître, c’est pour vous que vous le faites, vos enfants, vos proches.

Autres liens utiles :

http://www.itsap.asso.fr/
http://www.itsap.asso.fr/reseau/local_index.php

http://www.prade-abeilles.org/moodle/

http://www.paca.inra.fr/les_recherches/pole_adaptation_au_changement_global_acg__1/abeilles_et_environnement

http://www.apiservices.com/fnosad/index.htm

http://www.apiculture.com/sante-de-labeille/

http://www.cari.be/accueil/
http://sapra-ffap.fr/

http://www.apipro-ffap.fr/

http://www.apipro-ffap.fr/liens/5-organisations

http://www.pesticides-lelivre.com/

http://www.mdrgf.org/

http://www.resogm.org/

Remerciements pour le soutien de mes proches, à tous mes proches: merci!

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A Pascalf49 et son http://www.scoop.it/t/toxique mais pas que...


Tef pour son soutien technique

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An excellent collection of links on the topic of bees…Mostly in French.

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Merci Etienne, scoopitons scoopitons, il en restera bien quelque chose!! ;o))
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Merci Jean-Paul...
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Monarch Butterflies at the Center of a Continent-Wide Conservation Effort

Monarch Butterflies at the Center of a Continent-Wide Conservation Effort | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
As winter migration peaks, a trilateral plan to save the butterfly’s journey is underway

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Very interesting and very important to us in the Yucatan

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How A Young Community Of Entrepreneurs Is Rebuilding Detroit

How A Young Community Of Entrepreneurs Is Rebuilding Detroit | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
Can entrepreneurs save the city? Nothing else seems to be working.
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You bet we can

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We’ve killed off half the world’s animals since 1970

We’ve killed off half the world’s animals since 1970 | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
A study comes to the radical conclusion that we should probably stop killing everything on earth.

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A sobering thought

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Festival of Day of the Dead begins with food - azcentral.com

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In pre-Hispanic times, according to Patricia Quintana in Mexico's Feasts of Life, candied pumpkin was originally sweetened with honey or the sap extracted from the maguey plant.
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Certaines espèces d'insectes du Québec sont de remarquables pollinisateurs de bleuetiers

Certaines espèces d'insectes du Québec sont de remarquables pollinisateurs de bleuetiers | Honey Bees | Scoop.it

Par Jean Hamann. Le Fil - Université Laval. « Un "buzz" local dans les bleuetières »


« L'abeille domestique est considérée comme la championne toute catégorie au chapitre de la pollinisation des plantes cultivées, notamment celle du bleuet. Toutefois, à la lumière d'une étude menée par une équipe du Centre de recherche en horticulture (CRH), il y a lieu de se demander si cette réputation n'est pas surfaite. En effet, plusieurs espèces indigènes affichent une redoutable efficacité quand vient le temps de conter fleurette au bleuetier, démontrent ces chercheurs dans un récent numéro du Journal of Economic Entomology. » 


[Image] « Contrairement à l'abeille domestique, le bourdon induit des vibrations dans la fleur du bleuet, ce qui favorise la libération du pollen. »



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The bumble bee, like our beloved Melipona bees, is a species that pollinates by "thoracic thrumming" a kind of vibration of the belly at a particularly frequency that induces a flower to let go of its pollen.  As such, there are a number of flowers and plants that can only be pollinated by this species or others that pollinate in the same way (here the article in French mentions blueberries).  Plants that co-evolved with Melipona and require this type of pollination and are unique to Melipona include tomatoes and vanilla orchids.  Which is why today these two species are pollinated almost exclusively by hand.  Wouldn't it make more sense for the people cultivating these crops to maintain a few healthy Melipona hives in the green house with them?


La abeja selvática, al igual que nuestras abejas Melipona amados, es una especie que poliniza por "zumbido torácica" una especie de vibración del vientre a una frecuencia particular que induce una flor a dejar ir de su polen. Como tal, hay un número de flores y plantas que sólo pueden ser polinizadas por esta especie u otras personas que polinizan de la misma manera (aquí el artículo en francés menciona arándanos). Las plantas que co-evolucionaron con Melipona y requieren este tipo de polinización y son exclusivos de Melipona son los tomates y las orquídeas de vainilla. Es por eso que hoy en día estas dos especies son polinizadas casi exclusivamente a mano. ¿No tendría más sentido para las personas que cultivan estos cultivos para mantener unas cuantas colmenas de Melipona saludables en la casa verde con ellos?

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Nestle’s Water-Bottling Activities Amid California Drought Underscore A Lack Of Policy Options

Nestle’s Water-Bottling Activities Amid California Drought Underscore A Lack Of Policy Options | Honey Bees | Scoop.it
Due to crippling drought in California, there’s been a crackdown on watering lawns and washing cars. Yet Nestle has continued its bottling operations, adding to the national debate over corporate right and common good.

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Regardless of one's position on the aspects of this particular debate, the economic discussion around "the commons" or public goods has to be one of the biggest and most important ones facing humanity today.

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Evolutionary history of honeybees revealed by genomics

Evolutionary history of honeybees revealed by genomics | Honey Bees | Scoop.it

In a study published in Nature Genetics, researchers from Uppsala University present the first global analysis of genome variation in honeybees. The findings show a surprisingly high level of genetic diversity in honeybees, and indicate that the species most probably originates from Asia, and not from Africa as previously thought.


The honeybee (Apis mellifera) is of crucial importance for humanity. One third of our food is dependent on the pollination of fruits, nuts and vegetables by bees and other insects. Extensive losses of honeybee colonies in recent years are a major cause for concern. Honeybees face threats from disease, climate change, and management practices. To combat these threats it is important to understand the evolutionary history of honeybees and how they are adapted to different environments across the world.


"We have used state-of-the-art high-throughput genomics to address these questions, and have identified high levels of genetic diversity in honeybees. In contrast to other domestic species, management of honeybees seems to have increased levels of genetic variation by mixing bees from different parts of the world. The findings may also indicate that high levels of inbreeding are not a major cause of global colony losses", says Matthew Webster, researcher at the department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University.


Another unexpected result was that honeybees seem to be derived from an ancient lineage of cavity-nesting bees that arrived from Asia around 300,000 years ago and rapidly spread across Europe and Africa. This stands in contrast to previous research that suggests that honeybees originate from Africa.


Reference: A worldwide survey of genome sequence variation provides insight into the evolutionary history of the honeybee Apis mellifera, Nature Genetics, 2014. dx.doi.org/10.1038/ng.3077


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