Combination of virus, parasites blamed for bee die-offs since 2006
30 Jan 11 By RACHEL SAWLOW, Washington Post
MISSOULA, Montana -- Ecologist Colin Henderson co-authored a study that may have identified the cause of the honeybee illness that has plagued U.S. bees since 2006. Henderson, 59, is an associate professor of biology at the University of Montana. He and colleagues there found a correlation between colony collapse disorder (CCD) and a lethal combination of a parasite and a virus.
Alamo Township beekeeper Jeremy Marr goes back to nature to save his hives
30 Jan 11 By Rosemary Parker
ALAMO — While scientists around the world try to unravel the ongoing mystery of dying honeybees, an Alamo man has vowed to do what he can on a simpler scale to save bees, one hive at a time.
28 Jan 11 By Ed Joyce
Two groups want the Environmental Protection Agency to take action to protect bees from pesticides. Scientists think toxic substances play a role in bee deaths. New research at UC San Diego shows at least one type of pesticide may be a factor.
Alabama beekeepers recruiting to help save bees (with video)
28 Jan 11 By Thomas Spencer -- The Birmingham News
The old environmental rallying cry of "Save the Trees" may need to replaced with a plea to "Save the Bees!" as scientists continue to document an alarming decline in the population of insects that fill an unsung but invaluable role as natural pollinators.
New research on honeybee illness
25 Jan 11 By The Washington Post
Ecologist Colin Henderson co-authored a study that may have identified the cause of the honeybee illness that has plagued U.S. bees since 2006. Henderson, 59, is an associate professor of biology at the University of Montana. He and colleagues there found a correlation between colony collapse disorder (CCD) and a lethal combination of a parasite and a virus.
New Doubts Raised About Potential Bee-Killing Pesticide
24 Jan 11 By Brandon Keim
A federal entomologist has become the latest researcher to voice doubts about neonicotinoids, a controversial new type of pesticide that may be linked to the collapse of honeybee populations in the United States. The Independent reports that in a documentary screened in Europe but not yet broadcast stateside, USDA bee specialist Jeffrey Pettis describes exposing two groups of bees, one dosed with a neonicotinoid called imidacloprid, to Nosema, a common honeybee disease. Pesticide-dosed bees proved especially vulnerable to infection
USDA Finds Bayer Pesticide Harmful to Honeybees
23 Jan 11 By Natural Vitality Kids
Remember the case of the leaked document showing that the EPA’s own scientists are concerned about a pesticide it approved that might harm fragile honeybee populations? Well, it turns that the EPA isn’t the only government agency whose researchers are worried about neonicotinoid pesticides. USDA researchers also have good evidence that these nicotine-derived chemicals, marketed by German agrichemical giant Bayer, could be playing a part in Colony Collapse Disorder—the mysterious massive honeybee die-offs that United States and Europe have been experiencing in recent years. So why on earth are they still in use on million of acres of American farmland?
Time for pollination of almond crop
15 Jan 11 By Brad Burbaugh
Bees are the most ubiquitous pollinators of agronomic crops, and the unexplained disappearance of these pollinators has scientists, beekeepers and farmers worried.