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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 4:42 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Europe bee deaths
April 8, 2014  
 A new study covering 17 EU countries says that far more honeybees are dying in the UK and other parts of northern Europe than in Mediterranean countries.
Winter mortality was especially high for bees in Belgium and the UK in 2012-13. But in spring-summer 2013 France was highest with 13.6%.

Bumblebees and other wild bees were not studied, nor were pesticide impacts.
The study, called Epilobee, described 10% as an acceptable threshold for bee colony mortality - and Greece, Italy and Spain were among the countries with rates below that threshold.
The survey covered almost 32,000 bee colonies.

But there is also much concern about death rates among wild bees, which are vital pollinators too.

In 2013 the EU introduced a ban on 4 chemicals called neonicotinoids which are used in pesticides.
They are believed to be linked to the collapse of bee colonies across Europe, though there is a heated scientific debate over the chemicals' impact and many experts say further studies are needed.
The Commission wanted pesticide impacts to be included in the Epilobee study, but it was overruled by member states' governments.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26923214

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Commercial bees threaten wild bees, say researchers
1/19/15


The trade in bees used for honey or to pollinate crops could have a devastating impact on wild bees and other insects, say scientists.

New measures are needed to stop diseases carried by commercial bees spilling over into the wild, says a University of Exeter team.

Evidence suggests bees bred in captivity can carry diseases that could be a risk to native species.

Bees are used commercially to pollinate crops such as peppers and oilseed rape.

Species of bees used for this purpose, or in commercial hives, are known to suffer from parasite infections and more than 20 viruses.

Many of these can also infect wild bumble bees, wasps, ants and hoverflies.


The study, published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, reviewed data from existing studies to look at the potential for diseases to jump from commercial bees to insects in the wild.

"Our study highlights the importance of preventing the release of diseased commercial pollinators into the wild," said lead researcher Dr Lena Wilfert.

"The diseases carried by commercial species affect a wide range of wild pollinators but their spread can be avoided by improved monitoring and management practices.

"Commercial honey beekeepers have a responsibility to protect ecologically and economically important wild pollinator communities from disease."

'Drastic impacts'

Several diseases of honey bee colonies are known. They include a parasite called the Varroa mite and a virus that leads to deformed wings, which has also been found in wild bumble bees.

Vanessa Amaral-Rogers of the charity, Buglife, said the results of the study showed an urgent need for changes in how the government regulates the importation of bees.

"Wild honey bees can no longer be found in England or Wales, thought to have been wiped out by disease," she told BBC News.

"Now these studies show how diseases can be transmitted between managed honey bees and commercial bumble bees, and could have potentially drastic impacts on the rest of our wild pollinators. "


A study last year on a sample of commercial bumble bee hives imported into the UK found 77% were contaminated with up to five different parasites, with a further three being found in the pollen that was brought in with them, she added.

Commenting on the study, Prof David Goulson of the University of Sussex, said: "It's vitally important that we look after the health of both wild and managed bees.

"We have to be very careful we don't spread diseases from one continent to another."

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30831257
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Honeybee Deaths
May 14, 2015
-  A prolonged and mysterious die-off of the honeybees is worrisome both to beekeepers and to farmers who depend on the insects to pollinate their crops, apparently worsened in 2014.  Colonies remain in poor health, and overall death rates remain much higher than in the past.
About 5,000 beekeepers reported losing 42% of their colonies in a 12-month period.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/14...us-die-off-appears-to-worsen.html
http://chronicle.augusta.com/late...05-13/40-percent-honey-bees-dying
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40% increase in Honeybee deaths reveals unknown flaw in our agro-ecosystems
May 16, 2015
 Its not unknown!! Its called Monsanto!!!
Last year, we heard that the bee colony losses had become slower. The decrease was not a significant one, but this slowing down was surely reassuring for nature lovers around the globe.

Professor Dennis van Engelsdorp, who teaches entomology at the University of Maryland, said that the news of decrease in the rate of bee colony losses is just better than what most expected it to be. Prof. Engelsdorp was the leader of the team that conducted a survey of the bee population.

The data gathered by the survey team suggest that the last year has seen the destruction of 23% bee colonies. It’s less that the average loss taking place between 2005 and 2013, which is 30%. However, still the news cannot be categorized as “good news”.

Summary of the total colony losses overwinter (October 1 – April 1) and over the year (April 1 – April 1) of managed honey bee colonies in the United States. The acceptable range is the average percentage of acceptable colony losses declared by the survey participants in each of the nine years of the survey. Winter and Annual losses are calculated based on different respondent pools. Credit : Beeinformed

It’s true that scientists have revealed that they have progressed in the fight against the Asian mite responsible for the death of many American bees; however, they have also said that there’s nothing to be elated about at this moment.

According to Jeff Pettis, a coauthor of the above mentioned survey, facts collected during a period of one year cannot be regarded as trends. Here, it must be mentioned that Pettis is the head of the Beltsville-based federal bee research laboratory.

Now, it has been proved that Pettis was right. Engelsdorp along with his co-researchers from the Bee Informed Partnership just revealed that the past one year has witnessed destruction of over 40% honeybee hives. The number is still preliminary; however, already it marks the 2nd highest annual bee colony loss ever if all the recorded data is considered.

University of Georgia’s Keith Delaplane, a coauthor of the study, said that this ongoing bee problem is indicating that something is wrong with our agro-ecosystems. Delaplane added that people are noticing the problem only in honeybees as keeping a count of these creatures is very easy.

The researchers haven’t pinpointed any particular cause of the demise of the bees. They said that colony collapse disorder, which is often linked to mass deaths of honey bees, cannot be regarded as the obvious reason behind this sharp increase in the rate of bee hive destruction. According to them, the destructions might be caused by a combination of factors including poor nutrition, extreme weather conditions, pesticides, and so on.
http://www.thehoopsnews.com/2015/...known-flaw-in-our-agro-ecosystems
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Bees with Alzheimers
June 8, 2015
 -  Aluminium pollution linked to dementia in bees
The decline in the bee population could be caused by their high contamination of aluminum.  Biologists at Keele University UK decided to find out whether aluminum could play the key role in the insect’s decline.

Previous research had suggested that when bees forage for nectar they don't avoid nectar which contains aluminum.  So researchers measured the content of aluminum in bee pupae taken from naturally foraging colonies in the UK.  They found high levels of aluminum.  Pollen is heavily contaminated with aluminium.  

Fish, trees, crops and humans have all been affected by aluminium.  Aluminum is a known neurotoxin affecting behaviour in humans and animals.  Bees rely heavily on cognitive function in their everyday behaviour and aluminium-induced cognitive dysfunction may play a role in their population decline.
http://rt.com/news/265600-bees-alzheimer-aluminium-pollution
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America’s bees dwindling at alarming rates
Dec 27, 2015
 -  Pollinators are in trouble, specifically, wild bees.
This may destabilize the nation’s crop production.

Between 2008 and 2013 wild bee populations declined an alarming 23%, and 39% of all croplands that depend on native pollinators face a threatening mismatch between rising demand for pollination and a falling supply of wild bees.

June 2014 saw a significant loss of pollinators, including honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies.
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pesticide killing honeybees.
Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder

A new study from Harvard implicates two neonicotinoid pesticides, imidacloprid and clothianidin, in the ongoing plague of honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder. Imidacloprid is the most widely used pesticide in the world, and both are approved by the EPA.

A team of Harvard biologists has come closer to cracking the mystery of honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), 8 years after its appearance.

CCD is transforming bee colonies around the world into ghost towns.
The two chemicals, imidacloprid and clothianidin, both block insects' central nervous systems, killing them by paralysis.
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/...ees-to-their-knees-say-scientists
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msn.com/en-us/news/us/africanized-bees-kill-two-dogs-in-west-texas-injure-owner-with-more-than-50-stings/ar-BBtRn3e?ocid=spartandhp
Africanized bees kill two dogs in West Texas, injure owner with more than 50 stings
6/4/16

A swarm of Africanized bees killed two dogs in Midland and injured the dogs’ owner, stinging the man more than 50 times in a frenzied attack.

James Roy of Midland went outside to check on his dogs on Thursday and thought the two dogs were fighting, but they were in fact being attacked by a swarm of bees. The two dogs, Susie and Sammy, were stung more than 1,000 times, according to News West 9, and the dogs later died at a veterinarian’s office in Midland.

The dogs were rescued just under a year ago, Roy told News West 9.

The swarm then attacked Roy, chasing after him as he ran for help. The bees ultimately stung him more than 50 times, the West Texas TV Station reports.

A neighbor and some contractors were nearby and helped him by using a water hose to douse the bees on his body.

An expert spoke with the TV station and said there’s no way to prevent this type of bee, but large groups of bees should be avoided. If there’s a hive nearby, an expert should be called to remove it from the area.

Africanized honey bees, or killer bees, descend from southern African bees imported to the Americas in 1956 by Brazilian scientists trying to breed a honey bee that can adapt better to the South American climate, according to DesertUSA.

The website reports these types of bees are super sensitive to noise and vibrations, with some even responding viciously to random triggers, such as stimuli from vehicles, equipment and pedestrians.

Their venom isn’t more potent than honey bees, but they attack in far greater numbers, making their stings much more of a threat.
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Bees are dying at alarming rate in the US: 60% of colonies dying off in Pennsylvania and 44% nationwide  

http://strangesounds.org/2016/06/...lvania-44-percent-nationwide.html

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