honeybees, varroa mites

New York State Becoming Aware of Varroa Mites

Because of their significance to pollination and the national food supply, it’s crucial that honeybees and other pollinating species receive more attention from the average person, especially attention toward the things contributing to their declining numbers. Whether it’s colony collapse disorder (CCD), diseases, malnutrition, pesticides, or lack of habitat, there is much hindering bees all…

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Varroa Mite Infestations Worse than Ever Thought

As many likely know or have at least heard, US honeybee populations are declining for more than one reason including pesticides, lack of nutrition, and the spread of diseases through varroa mites and other parasites acting as vectors (like mosquitoes and malaria). In an effort to understand these factors, especially diseases, USDA and university researchers…

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Advances at WSU May Help Save Honeybees

Researchers with Washington State University (WSU) may have found a way help save honeybees by introducing micro-particles into the insects’ digestive systems, and from there the particles would absorb the damaging toxins often in pesticides. WSU bioengineering project manager Waled Suliman has stated that the material his team has developed only attracts specific compounds within…

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Tasmania’s Pollinator Surveillance Program Keeping Bees Healthy

Along the various ports around Tasmania, Australia’s island state, which lies about 150 miles south of the mainland, there are sentinels watching the shores and providing an early warning system for possible invaders. These sentinels are European honeybees, and the potential invaders are pest bees and bee pests, specifically the deadly varroa mite (also called…

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hive viruses, honey bees, pollination

Massachusetts College Testing for Hive Viruses

As we begin transitioning from warmer weather and into winter temperatures, known to be less than friendly when it comes to honeybees and their numbers, concerns from beekeepers about their colonies’ chances of survival are greater than ever. Out in Amherst, Massachusetts, several bee experts from the University of Massachusetts are contributing to the efforts…

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Making a Pollinator Garden in Honor of National Honeybee Day

During this past week, specifically August 19, National Honey Bee Day was welcomed, serving as a chance to educate the general public regarding the various concerns honeybees face in their everyday survival. Such education included the factors influencing the decline of honeybee populations, such as pesticides, lack of habitat and forage, and varroa mites. Officially started…

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Urban Beekeepers Saving Bees and Making Beer

Without honeybees and other pollinating species, human beings’ survival situation would become much more precarious. Given their irreplaceable role in agriculture, bees are, without a doubt, fundamental. Whether it’s vegetables, fruits, nuts, or dairy and meat from cows and other livestock, who rely on bee-dependent grasses like alfalfa, bees are responsible for much of what we…

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Survey Says: Fewer Winter Bee Losses

As many well know, honeybee populations in the United States have been declining over the past 20 years. Many factors have been considered as possible causes, including pesticides, diseases, varroa mites, lack of land and resources, malnutrition, and the ever-mysterious colony collapse disorder (CCD). With so many variables working against honeybees, any positive step forward…

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