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Why Are Honeybees Dying?

Why Are Honeybees Dying? | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The past year has been a bad one for America's honeybees, with commercial beekeepers reporting hive losses of up to 50 percent. Some blame the mysterious
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CALS apiculturist, Dr. David Tarpy joins Dick Rogers, manager of Bayer CropScience's Bee Care Center (under construction in RTP) & Jeffrey Lee, who owns Lee's Bees in Mebane, NC, to discuss the issue. Read more | http://wunc.org/post/why-are-hon

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Mount Airy News - Researchers still seeking to understand Colony Collapse Disorder

Mount Airy News - Researchers still seeking to understand Colony Collapse Disorder | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Dr. David Tarpy, apiculture specialist in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University, comments Colony Collapse Disorder, which threatens bee-pollinated crops, the controversy surrounding the role of pesticides in the phenomenon, and his pollinator research program.

 

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NC Honeybee Research Consortium

http://www.ncsu.edu/project/honey_bee_res/

 

Dr. Tarpy's web site

http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/entomology/tarpy

 

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An Evening of Insects | North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

An Evening of Insects | North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Oct. 25, 2012 | Thursday, 6:30pm

 

Among the 15-minute talks are these, from CALS researchers:

Basement Bugs: The Camel Cricket Story
by Dr. Holly Menninger, Director of Public Science for Rob Dunn's Your Wildlife Program
(see http://www.YourWildlife.org)

The Fascinating Lives of Bees
by Dr. David Tarpy, our bee specialist

North Carolina’s Rarest Butterflies
by Dr. Nick Haddad, an ecologist who studies & tracks these endangered creatures

Everning Starts at 6:30 and is free.

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Register Now for Honeybee Nutrition Workshop: Growing Small Farms: Enhancing Sustainability Workshops

Register Now for Honeybee Nutrition Workshop: Growing Small Farms: Enhancing Sustainability Workshops | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Sponsor: Chatham County Center of NC Cooperative Extension

 

Time: 7:00-9:00pm, Wed. Nov. 7, 2012

 

Where: Agriculture Building Auditorium, Pittsboro, NC

 

Presenters: NCDA Apiary Inspector Nancy Ruppert & Agent Debbie Roos

 

Cost: $10.00, includes CD of resources

 

Registration: Advance Registration Required by Nov. 5

Click URL above for downloadable registration form.

Download registration form & mail with check.

 

More info: 919-542-8202 or email Debbie Roos

 

Agenda:

What Do Honey Bees Need & Why? (carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, water, etc.)
Impact of Poor Nutrition on Honey Bee Health
How Can We Help Bees Acquire What They Need?
Increase Floral Diversity to Benefit Honey Bees

 

URL: www.growingsmallfarms.org

 

 

 

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Bee Economy: Honey, Mites & Diesel Drive Pollination Fees :: The Abstract :: North Carolina State University

Bee Economy: Honey, Mites & Diesel Drive Pollination Fees :: The Abstract :: North Carolina State University | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Dr. Wallace Thurman coauthors the first comprehensive North American survey of the economic forces which drive pollination services.

 

The study, titled "The Economics of Honeybee Pollination Markets," appears in the most recent issue of The American Journal of Agricultural Economics. The appears paper here (full text may require a subscription or payment):

http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aas031


 

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Parasitic fly spotted in honeybees, causes workers to abandon colonies : Not Exactly Rocket Science

Parasitic fly spotted in honeybees, causes workers to abandon colonies : Not Exactly Rocket Science | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Andrew Core of San Francisco State Univ. has discovered another possible contributor to honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), which threatens crop pollination and food security: a tiny parasitic fly, Apocephalus borealis, which oviposits in the bee's abdomen where the eggs hatch and the larvae eventually kill the host bee. The parasitic fly usually attacks bumblebees; but Dr. Core has found it also reproduces in honeybees, causing them to become confused and wander from the hive at abnormal times, such during the night.

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Honeybees harbor antibiotic-resistance genes | ScienceBlog.com

Honeybees harbor antibiotic-resistance genes | ScienceBlog.com | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Bacteria in the guts of honeybees are highly resistant to the antibiotic tetracycline, probably as a result of decades of preventive antibiotic use in...

 

Yale University researchers find that routine oxytetracycline use to prevent foulbrood appears to have caused genetic adaptation in bacteria in the honeybee.

 

The resistant bacteria were not found in honey, however.

 

Check out our Apiculture site, also:

http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/entomology/apiculture/

 

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Rising rates for rent-a-bees

Rising rates for rent-a-bees | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Pollination is basic science, but the cost of it is getting more complicated.

 

"CALS economist, Dr. Walter Thurman, finds that rising honey prices, invasive mites and higher diesel fuel costs have increased the price of services performed by commercial beekeepers during the past 20 years.

 

"Dr. Thurman's is the first comprehensive study of North American pollination markets."

 

This means higher consumer prices for the approximately 75% of food crops which are bee-pollinated.

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A look at the economic impact of honeybees - Triangle Business Journal

A look at the economic impact of honeybees - Triangle Business Journal | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Not everyone associates honeybees directly with the economy, but honeybee pollination...
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