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East Africa May Hold Key to Healthier Honeybees

Honeybees have been serving as pollinators for millennia, and today they support a multi-billion dollar agriculture industry. However, honeybee health has never been more precarious. Misuse of pesticides, pests within the hive, and climate change are among the threats they face. Most honeybee populations in the U.S. and Europe are showing signs of stress—that is,…

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Do African Honeybees Hold the Secret to the Colony Collapse Disorder?

How African Honeybees May be Able to Help Moderate a Global Crisis Honeybee populations have been on the decline in many countries across the globe, something that is worrying scientists, politicians, and the public. The decline in populations could affect everyone since it has such a profound impact on our food security – since honeybees…

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Honeybee Guards are Fearless and Merciless

Honeybees are known to nearly everyone for collecting honey and providing pollination for crops, and according to the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF), “approximately one third of all the food Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honeybee pollination.” The inhabitants of honeybee hives are divided into three different groups: worker bees, male drones and…

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Honeyguides: Uniting People and Honey in Mozambique

Most have heard that within nature, animals can form symbiotic relationships with other animals, plant life, and so forth, with some being commensal, mutualistic, or parasitic. In northern Mozambique, a southern African country across the channel from Madagascar, the village of Mbamba and its surrounding plains is the home to a mutualistic relationship many believed…

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Food Irradiation: Ensures the Microbial Safety of Honey

How Food Irradiation Can Make Honey Safer Given the panic and fear that comes from botulism, salmonella, and other diseases born of contaminated food, many food producers and distributors have had safety precautions put in place to protect themselves from lawsuits and the public from these diseases, whether it’s by pasteurizing milk, purifying water, and…

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