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Honeybees and Humans—Partners Since the Stone Age

Modern agriculture is what is today due to centuries and even millennia of improving and refining techniques and, for some agriculture, domesticating animals from cows, dogs, and even honeybees to a degree. From their roles as pollinators and the products they produce—honey, beeswax—honeybees have gone from largely wild animals to domesticated creatures whom we can…

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Maryland Stepping Up Against Dangerous Pesticides

The fight to preserve honeybee populations is an ongoing struggle, and while some states have found success amidst the uncertainty and reported colony collapses, there are still plenty reporting mass losses in honeybees and honey shortages. While the exact cause is still under debate, many researchers believe a contributing factor to colony collapses is the…

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IL Entomology Professor Advocates—Save Honeybees

Experts in the field of entomology—the study of insects—have been studying the ongoing crisis of declining honeybee populations, hoping to not only save honeybees from extinction but also get them flourishing again like that of previous years. One such expert, Dr. May Berenbaum, has been studying the chemical mechanisms between insects and their host plants her…

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The Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Disrupts Learning in Bees–and Us

The ongoing debate regarding the use of pesticides in agricultural and gardening operations is known to be heated and determined, but luckily such a debate forces agencies with the available resources to gather answers to important ongoing questions. A recent study published in the Journal of Chemical Ecology focused on the potential effects of the…

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Pesticides Not the Only Thing Killing Honeybees

Decline in Honeybee Populations Due to More than Pesticides, Entomologists Say Tom Turpin, a Purdue University entomologist, believes that there is “no such thing” as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in spite of the efforts by environmental groups to encourage the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce litigation that better regulates the use of neonicotinoids–this according…

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BREAKING: EPA Confirms Pesticides Killing Honeybees

Exposure to Hazardous Pesticides Cause for Dying Honeybee Populations The United States Environmental Protection Agency has released its long awaited preliminary honeybee risk assessment report – this report, according to PalmBeachPost.com, concludes that a widely used pesticide has been directly linked to the severe decline in honeybee populations. Harmful chemical residues from the widely used…

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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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Pro-Bee-Lotics another Defense against Colony Collapse Disorder

New Scientific Breakthrough Could Protect Honeybees from Neonicotinoid Pesticides Policymakers like President Barrack Obama and other political figures across the country and across the world have brought the plight of the bee into the spotlight and brought national and worldwide attention to the growing problems the decreasing bee populations have been having or the past…

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Colony Collapse Disorder Still a Major Concern in New Zealand

Population Declines Increase Concerns About CCD Additional honeybee colony losses and population declines in Waikato and on the Coromandel during the fall and winter months are causing scientists to respond, according to a recent article posted on NZFarmer.co.nz. The symptoms associated with these losses are consistent with a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder or…

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Colony Collapse Disorder Hits England Honeybees Very Hard

Large Percentage of England’s Honeybees Perish Over Winter Months According to the British Beekeepers Association, the level of honeybee losses over the winter months from the colony collapse disorder is “unacceptably high.” The number of recorded losses is so severe that the European Food Safety Authority has launched an investigation into what is threatening the…