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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:52 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

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8/16/13
Thousands of bees die property of Bauru, SP

Property master does not know what happened.
By early accounts, prejudice goes from R $ 500 thousand.


On the ground, the bees are killed and dozens of hives are empty.  The cause of mass death is still unknown, but leaves the producer intrigued.

The boxes, according to the agronomist Vitor Carvalho, are scattered throughout the plantation for over four years and until today he had not seen anything like it.

The wild insects are essential for the cultivation of thousands of feet of avocado, a type of avocado widely used by international cuisine, which produces Vitor on the farm in Bauru , in São Paulo.  Bees are responsible for pollinating, which is the transport of pollen from one flower to another.

Every three months, an average of 30 pounds of honey are produced per hive.  With the loss of 51 boxes and thousands of dead bees, which will directly reach the production of avocado, Vitor calculates a loss of R $ 500 thousand.

For bee expert UNESP Botucatu, Ricardo Orsi, several factors may have caused the death of bees.  "They could have gone to get food in a radius of a mile or two and some other contaminated source has affected all of them.  Another possibility is the aerial spraying, "he says.

The farmer went to a police station and recorded Bauru a police report.  The case will be investigated.
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After spraying insecticide onion ground next to bee deaths batch  

Shijiazhuang Urban Network Date :2013 -8-20  

After spraying insecticide onion ground, the only network across the hordes of bees began to die.  Four days later, beekeepers say, 106 boxes of bees died nearly 90 percent.  Onion owner was wondering, this is his second spraying, why did all right the first time?

Ground covered with dead bodies bee swarms

These days, towns and villages gray wall Luquan Lee Kang village always stand before their own beehive, do nothing.

From the start at 20:00 on the 15th, Kang began raising bees FCL FCL dead, rescue did not know how to save.

To yesterday, four days later, Kang calculated, 106 boxes bees died nearly 90 percent.

Reporter walked into apiary, an acid smell nostrils, beehives scattered outside some flying bees, on the ground there is a layer of bee corpses.

"Hot days, which is dead bees and hive rotten smell." And Liu Kang with beekeeping, and now hive bad, not to go the rest of the bees, but also will not live long.

This means that Kang Jiaming revenues all gone, four or five million estimated loss of money.

Next door to spray pesticides suspected culprit


Kang recalled the incident the same day 14 am, next door to the ground with onion farmers to spray pesticides, is highly toxic "dichlorvos" and "dimethoate" night bees began to die.

Yesterday afternoon, the reporter contacted the onion growers Qin, he admitted that on the 15th day did spray the medicine, "10 days before the first spraying, I told beekeepers in advance, he said no problem." So, Qin President felt that the bees only appeared in the second spraying killed him nothing.

Luquan City Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Plant Protection staff told reporters, "dichlorvos" and "dimethoate" belongs to pesticides, the bees are very sensitive to these drugs.  Currently, Mr. Kang has an alarm.

"Dichlorvos" and "dimethoate" how much power and other pesticides?  Hebei Academy of Agricultural Sciences Plant Protection Lin Jieshao high share, as long as the spraying of pesticides in certain "safe period", the pesticide can be self-decomposition.  Public consumption before, many times after washing should not cause harm to the body.
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8/19/13
300 boxes of beekeepers bees mysteriously died or were exposed to pesticides (Figure)

August 17 7:00 pm, the town of Yiyang County beekeepers Master Li Jinping call our hotline (18837996211) reflect Yiyang County West River bridge near a large bee deaths, over 10 beekeepers suffered heavy losses, bees The cause of death is still under investigation.

Mass death of bees, beekeepers losses

Aug. 17 8:00 am, reporters came Yiyang county west of the Yellow River near the bridge in Master Li's leadership, the reporter saw a beehive piled on the ground in front of a lot of dead bees.  Master Li said, he was in the morning of August 16 found dead bees, the thought that a big problem, but also no more care.  Available on the 17th morning, he found that more than half of the bees are dead.  "According to this rate, my more than 130 boxes of bees will soon die according to a beehive calculate the market price of 800 yuan, more than 130 boxes bee losses over 100,000 yuan." Master Li says with exasperation.

"This time the loss can be too great, the whole family we expect these bees live on it." Master Li said anxiously, he knew more than 10 nearby beekeepers have also appeared in such a situation, "all add up to less There are also 300 cases. "

The cause of death is unknown, or through contact with the spraying of pesticides

For more than 300 boxes of bees within a short time a large number of deaths, Master Li is considered the beginning of the temperature being too high.  But not a lot of bees found in other places after the death of Master Li suspect that their bees may be poisoned to death, so he dialed 110.

"This road came just a few days played pesticides, bees are likely to be poisoned." Raised more than 40 boxes of bees master Zhai told reporters, roadside green belt was just a few days before spraying pesticides, bees are may be exposed to these roadside flowers, was dead.

5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, the reporter interviewed Yiyang County Green Office a staff member surnamed Zhang.  The staff member said that the Green Office does not organize workers spraying pesticides, but near a company in order to sterilization drugs sprayed on the lawn.  "As for the cause of death and this is the bees, but also on the need for further investigation." The staff member said, spraying place relatively far from the hive, you can not jump to conclusions.

As of press time, Master Li told reporters that most of his bees dead, but the cause of death has not yet find out.

Hit big, low profits, beekeeping is not easy Mengshengtuiyi

Master Li said that beekeepers, beekeeping is now relatively low profits, with his more than 130 boxes of bees into the calculation of the scale of farming, the best year for profits nor more than 100,000 yuan, profits are generally four or five million, subsistence can, but you want to get rich is difficult.

"18-year-old started to raise bees, I am 53 years old, have been kept for 35 years." Said his master Zhai beekeepers beekeeping is the figure of freedom, dealing with bees than 30 years, and my heart has generated feelings.  "Now beekeeping transportation costs are too high, plus the state of the environment is not ideal, you want a good place to find a sufficient pollen has become increasingly difficult." Zhai said the master, now few young people are willing to beekeeping, his son prefer to go out to work after graduation, they were reluctant to follow him beekeeping.  See the mass death of bees raised, coupled with the high cost of bees now, Zhai master also considering whether or not to continue beekeeping.

For the large number of deaths of bees, Yiyang County Animal Husbandry Secretary Han Gensheng said that compared with pigs and other meat industry, beekeeping does not belong to the leading industry, government's current efforts to support really is not enough.  "We will carry out an investigation report to the higher authorities, hoping to give some support to beekeepers." Han Gensheng said.
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CHINA  -  A million bees died mysteriously
Sept. 5, 2013
 WASHINGTON (Reporter Li Xiaobo) went to watch the best breeding bees can Hua Xu Lantian County town has more than ten households beekeepers worried: Bees are mysteriously killed.

Basically has no bee hive

Yesterday morning, the town of Hua Xu Dan Village Zhaowei Chun family's yard, 40 beehives surrounded by a rectangle.  Ground everywhere dead bees, beehive opened one by one, which is only ten bees, "per case in previous years, almost 30,000 to 50,000 bees, and now some boxes on the left of the queen bee."

Zhaowei Chun said that early in August, taking into account the neighborhood has no nectar can be taken, he bought a sugar, ready to look good reward hard work of bees.  But he gradually found beehive bees fly out after fly about 1 m above the direct fall to the ground, or even just out of beehives began crawling on the ground, did not seem fresh wings.  "It feels like a stomach ache, take the hind legs holding his stomach, twitching rolling on the floor." Zhaowei Chun immediately realized that bees are sick, "the home are usually prepared with erythromycin, a hundred of these drugs to kill bacteria, added sugar where sprayed on bee spleen. "But Zhaowei Chun done all this did not play a role," the ground more and more bees, sweep sweep are endless, also four or five days, almost all of the bees died finished. "

Involved in the investigation of local agricultural sector
And their local beekeeping different Zhaowei Chun, near the village of Tang An East peace until August 28 from Jingbian flowering rush back, "Just came back good, after three or four days something wrong." Has 15 years of beekeeping An experienced peace said.

Ann Peace raised 120 beehive, the bees died mysteriously phenomenon is that he has never seen before, "We are basically raised the Italian bee." Ann says peace, no more than two bees death situation, "the Italian bee right bee mite resistance is weaker, but now we are more attention, but also to discover and disposed of, will not easily lead to death. Another popular saying is poor drainage, but are generally in early spring or late autumn to appear , causes most of the problems are because of the feed. "bees now it can not find the cause of death.  So far, their losses in ten million or so.

It is understood that the beekeepers suffered losses in the 15 or so, at least a few one million bees have died.  Yesterday afternoon, Lantian County Farm Bureau Office Wang Hongbo said that at present has received beekeepers reflection, because beekeeping is not a local leading industries, there is no relevant professional and technical personnel, it has to make a written report to the Agriculture Commission in Xi'an apply for the municipal, provincial relevant departments to organize and coordinate professional and technical personnel to investigate the cause of death to bees.
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http://worldtruth.tv/37-million-bees-found-dead-in-elmwood-canada/
37 Million Bees Found Dead in Elmwood Canada
7/8/13

Local beekeepers are finding millions of their bees dead just after corn was planted here in the last few weeks. Dave Schuit, who has a honey operation in Elmwood, lost 600 hives, a total of 37 million bees.

“Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions,” Schuit said. He and many others, including the European Union, are pointing the finger at a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids, manufactured by Bayer CropScience Inc. used in planting corn and some other crops. The European Union just recently voted to ban these insecticides for two years, beginning December 1, 2013, to be able to study how it relates to the large bee kill they are experiencing there also.

Local grower Nathan Carey from the Neustadt, and National Farmers Union Local 344 member, says he noticed this spring the lack of bees and bumblebees on his farm. He believes that there is a strong connection between the insecticide use and the death of pollinators.

“I feel like we all have something at stake with this issue,” he said. He is organizing a public workshop and panel discussion about this problem at his farm June 22 at 10 a.m. He hopes that all interested parties can get together and talk about the reason bees, the prime pollinators of so any different plant species, are dying.

At the farm of Gary Kenny, south west of Hanover, eight of the 10 hives he kept for a beekeeper out of Kincardine, died this spring just after corn was planted in neighbouring fields.

What seems to be deadly to bees is that the neonicotinoid pesticides are coating corn seed and with the use of new air seeders, are blowing the pesticide dust into the air when planted. The death of millions of pollinators was looked at by American Purdue University. They found that, “Bees exhibited neurotoxic symptoms, analysis of dead bees revealed traces of thiamethoxam/clothianidin in each case. Seed treatments of field crops (primarily corn) are the only major source of these compounds.

Local investigations near Guelph, led to the same conclusion. A Pest Management Regulatory Agency investigation confirmed that corn seeds treated with clothianidin or thiamethoxam “contributed to the majority of the bee mortalities” last spring.

The air seeders are the problem,” said Ontario Federation of Agriculture director Paul Wettlaufer, who farms near Neustadt. This was after this reporter called John Gillespie, OFA Bruce County president, who told me to call Wettlaufer. Unfortunately, Wettlaufer said it was, “not a local OFA issue,” and that it was an issue for the Grain Farmers of Ontario and representative, Hennry Vanakum should be notified. Vanakum could not be rached for comment.

Yet Guelph University entomologist Peter Kevan, disagreed with the EU ban.

“There’s very little evidence to say that neonicotinoids, in a very general sense, in a broad scale sense, have been a major component in the demise of honeybees or any other pollinators, anywhere in the world,” said Kevan.

But research is showing that honeybee disorders and high colony losses have become a global phenomena. An international team of scientists led by Holland’s Utrecht University concluded that, ”Large scale prophylaxic use in agriculture, their high persistence in soil and water, and their uptake by plants and translocation to flowers, neonicotinoids put pollinator services at risk.” This research and others rsulted in the Eurpean Union ban.

The United Church is also concerned about the death of so many pollinators and has prepared a “Take Action” paper it’s sending out to all its members. The church is basing its action on local research. The Take Action paper states among other things, “Scientific information gathered suggests that the planting of corn seeds treated with neonicotinoids contributed to the majority of the bee mortalities that occurred in corn growing regions of Ontario and Quebec in Spring 2012.”

Meanwhile Schuit is replacing his queen bees every few months now instead of years, as they are dying so frequently. “OMAFRA tells me to have faith. Well, I think it’s criminal what is happening, and it’s hard to have faith if it doesn’t look like they are going to do anything anyway,” Schuit says.
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MINNESOTA University investigates sudden slew of bee deaths
21 Sep 2013  
 Researchers from the U’s Bee Lab suspect pesticides are responsible.
Thousands of Minneapolis honey bees began dying off late last week due to apparent pesticide poisoning.
The University of Minnesota Bee Lab and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture are conducting tests to verify whether pesticides were the actual cause.

Minneapolis resident Mark Lucas noticed the bees he and his family keeps in their back yard behaving strangely, shaking on the edge of the hive and falling to the ground.
“They just come spilling out of the hive like they’re drunk,” he said.
Lucas’ hive was one of at least three hit in the Kenwood neighborhood, north of Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis.

The MDA took samples from hives Friday to test for pesticide contamination. Pesticide is suspected because of the way the bees died, said Becky Masterman, co-coordinator of the University’s Bee Squad, a division of the Bee Lab that educates and mentors local beekeepers.

Beekeepers suspect that a pesticide was used in the area and bees brought it back to their colonies after pollination.
“This was in no way on our radar,” Masterman said, because the colonies were known to be healthy.

One of the Bee Squad’s colonies was also affected by the incident, said Bee Squad co-coordinator Jody Gerdts.
The Bee Lab is conducting its own tests in hopes of getting results faster than the MDA, which could take up to six months, Gerdts said.

More timely results will allow the squad to spread the word about the incident to local beekeepers, who have been vocal about the incident on social media and worry that it could affect them, she said.
“If it waits six months before we can say anything, then the story’s gone,” she said.

The Beez Kneez, a Minneapolis-based honey bee education organization that delivers honey by bike, lost one colony over the weekend and is worried more colonies could be affected.
A typical Beez Kneez colony consists of 40,000 to 50,000 bees at this time of year, said co-owner Kristy Allen. The Beez Kneez owns 45 hives in the Twin Cities area. Though losing a colony could result in revenue loss, Allen said there’s also an emotional side to the incident.
“It’s livestock, but they’re very important,” she said.

Bees are indicators of environmental health, Gerdts said, and the fact that pesticides could have potentially been used incorrectly is “scary.”
“There [are] things that are out there that are being applied to our landscape that can do more harm than perceived good,” she said.

The bee deaths are part of the bigger issue of keeping pollinators healthy, as they contribute to food production, Masterman said.
The Bee Squad is using social media to raise awareness about pesticide contamination.

Lucas said his family will get new bees if his colony is completely wiped out. When he was a child, Lucas’ grandmother kept bees in Elk River, Minn., and he said he’s been interested in them ever since.
He became a certified beekeeper through the University and started building his colony last May.

His kids were hesitant to go into the backyard with the bees at first, he said, but later became very involved in the process — taking pictures and collecting larvae alongside him.
“It was a really interesting thing for our family to experience together,” Lucas said.

In the meantime, Lucas said, he’ll be spreading the word about the “unintended consequences” of the choices people make in their yards — such as fertilizer use — and their effect on the neighborhood.
“It’s crazy how much it’s really all tied together,” he said.
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GREECE  -  Lost bees
October 7, 2013
 The alarm sounding almost beekeepers across the country, as they see their production year after year to shrink without knowing the exact cause of this phenomenon.  This year, in fact, been a reduction in honey production that reaches 50% in many parts of Greece.  This percentage is greater than at least the last five years, which has led professionals to seek production of comprehensive studies.

As estimated by scientists, factors such as temperature increase and widespread use of pesticides in crops 'visiting' the bees lead to extinction the most important pollinator on the planet.  However, they note themselves, the answer is not so simple and requires further research, as in recent years there are phenomena-such as they do not produce honeydew pines and firs in specific areas of the country that still have not been answered scientifically.

"This year the production is less than any other year, with the reduction reaching 50% in Magnesia.  This phenomenon is not local but found almost throughout the country.  Especially in chestnut honey produced in the reduction has reached 70% compared to last year's production.  Imagine that from 10 tonnes we took last year, this year we was barely two tons, "said beekeeper and president of the Agricultural Cooperative Beekeeper Volos, Constantine Rat.  However, as stated by Mr. Rat, the same image-with the exception of Crete-presents and pine honey production, which constitutes 65% of the total honey production in Greece.

Reduction - record

The reasons for the sharp decline seen this year but also for the decreasing honey production in recent years is not due under K. Palo, with a single agent.  The same opinion is shared by the veterinarian of the Beekeepers Association of Greece (OMSE) Katerina Karatasou.  "A particular problem presents a rare variety, vamvakomelo, whose production in the Thessaly region has almost stopped the last 4-5 years.  Beekeepers now choose not to place their hives near cotton crops, and have identified several incidents of collapse of bee colonies.  Those beekeepers placed their hives near cotton crops lost 50% -80% of the bee population, "says the vet.  As she explains in cotton crops used for years neonicotinoid pesticides, which, according to many scientists, contribute to the so-called "collapse of bee syndrome", which is a symptom of the rapid loss of bees from hives.  "There are cases beekeepers who have transferred 300 beehives near cotton fields and gone with a beehive and of course not honey," says the vet OMSE.

The use of neonicotinoid pesticides are so widespread that these pesticides are used up and the flowers can have a garden.  According to European Union directives, have launched since July revocations compound belonging to the class of particular pesticides and their use has been suspended for two years, in order to consider whether contributing to the extinction of bees.  However, some of the neonicotinoids is so powerful that can persist in soil for more than 15 years.

Worried beekeepers

"We can not attribute the dramatic decrease in production-which in some areas of the country as Grevena and Florina exceeds 50% - the weather, as the weather was this year in many areas of bland.  The situation is particularly worrying as we do not know exactly what is happening.  An example is the area of ​​Vytinas in Arcadia, where the firs in the last three years did not "give" honeydew, "says Paul Bagiatis, president of the Panhellenic Association of Beekeepers, Vasilotrofon - production of royal jelly and a beekeeper for 25 years in the area of ​​Thessaloniki, and adds: "We need to provide funds from the state to make scientific research throughout Greece for reasons which lead to lower production.  Right now all beekeepers marching blindly. "

Less nectar

As Andrew says Thrasivoulou, Professor of Apiculture at the Departments of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki important role, in addition to the extensive use of neonicotinoid drugs, plays and the warming observed over the last years in Greece.  This has as consequence the plants to secrete less nectar, which leads to less production of honey.

According to his teacher, Aristotle, in areas such as Chalkidiki and Thassos the last 3-4 years the trees do not produce honeydew, for reasons that scientists still do not know, which is why the phenomenon investigated.  This leads to shrinkage of pine honey production, which is the main type of honey produced in the country.  Apart from phenomena such as those in Chalkidiki and Thassos, especially worrying is the fact that cases of bee losses increase.  "Many beekeepers from around the country are calling us and telling us that we are seeing strong declines in the populations of bees.  As they tell us, they do not detect dead bees in the hives, which excludes the possibility of diseases.  According to beekeepers, bees do not return to the colonies, which makes us speculate that poisoned by pesticides, "explains A. Thrasivoulou.
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Argentina  -  Poisoned fifty hives near Fernandez
Oct. 23, 2013
Beekeepers estimate that lost more than ten thousand dollars in honey and materials.  It destroyed an important economic resource.
Small producers suffered significant losses over the poisoning of fifty hives, representing one of the most significant revenue.
Bee-killing occurred in an apiary located between the district and the site's Penquitas Loaj.
Vandals scattered with white dust, which does not release any smell, both inside and in the vicinity of the hives killing all insects within hours.

Beekeepers victims are Daniel Garcia (registered in the National Register of Beekeeping under No. G 0918) and brothers Ramon and Oscar Lewis, made the corresponding police station on Monday night to try to clarify this, that hurts twelve members of the families.

The LIBERAL was in the scene and interviewed the three producers argue that "annihilated him 50 hives with combs were ready to harvest and 20 cores".

"The losses are important in this first harvest, we regarded as good, we were going to get at least two drums of pure honey sold to the current value meant $ 4,200 each, plus the queens we bought from a breeder in Forres.  We must renew periodically and have a value ranging from $ 75 to $ 80, not to mention the material, including now we burn wax from the police to investigate what type of poison used and whether or not it dangerous for humans, birds or small animals, "detailed.
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Bumblebees infected with honeybee diseases
Feb. 20, 2014
 The bumblebees face 2 diseases harboured by honeybees are spilling over into wild bumblebees.
Insects infected with deformed wing virus and a fungal parasite called Nosema ceranae were found across England, Scotland and Wales.
Beekeepers should keep their honeybees as free from disease as possible to stop the spread.
These pathogens are capable of infecting adult bumblebees and they seem to have quite significant impacts.

Around the world, bumblebees are doing badly.
In the last few decades, many species have suffered steep declines, and some, such Cullem's bumblebee (Bombus cullumanus) in the UK, have gone extinct.
Scientists believe that the destruction of their habitats - particularly wildflower meadows - has driven much of this loss, but the latest research suggests that disease too could play a role.
The researchers looked at two pathogens commonly found in honeybees and found they can also infect adult bumblebees.

In honeybees, deformed wing virus (DWV) causes significant problems. Its severity seems to be exacerbated by the presence of another widespread parasite, the varroa mite, causing entire colonies to collapse.
Bumblebees do not carry the varroa mite, but the scientists found that those infected with DWV had a dramatically shortened lifespan. The fungal parasite has also been shown to have an impact on bumblebee longevity.

Prof Brown said: "A significantly shorter lifespan in the field would impact on their ability to go out and collect food and look after other bees."
The researchers found the diseases were already prevalent among wild populations.

The researchers also want to investigate whether neonicotinoid pesticides are playing a role in problem.
A recent paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal suggested that the chemicals are affecting the immune systems of honeybees, making them more susceptible to pathogens.
"If bumblebees were exposed to neonicotinoids and had the same effect, you would expect the bumblebee viral load to be going through the roof. This is something we are hoping to test later," said Prof Brown.
In the European Union, neonicotinoids have been banned for two years because of fears that they may be harmful to bees. But the British government strongly opposed the plan, rejecting the science behind the moratorium. Both Syngenta and Bayer, which manufacture neonicotinoids, are now taking legal action against the European Commission in an effort to overturn the ban.
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