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Bee Situation?OK in US for NOW

We have a SLIGHT reprieve on the US bee emergency: on Friday, July 13, Agriculture Undersecretary Gale Buchanan warned, "There were enough honey bees to provide pollination for US agriculture this year, but beekeepers could face a serious problem next year and beyond."

Of course, Gale Buchanan was only referring to the US problem. There...

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New Twist on Bee Emergency

As Linda Howe has reported on Dreamland, the sudden disappearance of honey bees in many parts of the country may be related to pesticide exposure. The latest reports suggest this is not necessarily due to the pesticides sprayed on the plants that bees pollinate, but the pesticides sprayed INSIDE the hives to kill mites.

For the past...

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Saving the Bees

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) escalated in November 2006 and seems to have spread to 27 states and Brazil, Canada and many parts of Europe. Scientists and beekeepers are trying to figure out what is causing entire hives of honeybees to disappear before it's too late, since nearly one-third of the human diet comes from insect-pollinated plants...

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Organic Bee Keepers Not Losing Their Bees

We recently reported on the mystery of bees that are disappearing from their hives and being found dead?or not being found at all. Now it turns out that organic beekeepers are not having this problem.

The website of the Organic Consumers Association quotes organic beekeeper Sharon Labchuk as saying, "I'm on an organic beekeeping list of...

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Bee Mystery May Be Solved

UPDATE - The same researcher who discovered the SARS virus in 2003 has found a microbe that may be causing the downfall of several strains of bees.

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Sabin Russell reports that researcher Joe DeRisi conducted tests on dead bees and found genes from a parasite which researchers in Spain have...

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Special Dreamland Report on Missing Bee Mystery

This week on Dreamland, Linda Howe reports on the frightening disappearance of thousands of bees. Since these are the insects that pollinate the flowers of the foods we eat, this could be the start of a major emergency.

This is a problem in the US that has been reported in around half the states and has now spread to Canada. The UK and...

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Bee Mystery Deepens

Linda Howe will soon file a report on the current mystery of missing bees. This has been going on for about a year, when commercial beekeepers first began noticing that huge numbers of their bees were missing.

In New Scientist, Michael Reilly quotes bee expert May Berenbaum as saying, "Imagine waking one morning to find 80% of the people...

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Bee Emergency Stranger Than We Thought

UPDATE - We're in the middle of a bee emergency. Albert Einstein said, "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years left to live." A mysterious ailment called Colony Collapse Disorder is causing agricultural honeybees nationwide to abandon their hives and disappear. It's a kind of...

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Bee Emergency Bigger Than Ever

Mites, pesticides and extreme winter weather are being blamed for the loss of billions of bees just as they are needed to pollinate crops nationwide. The number of honeybee colonies in the US has dropped by 50% in the past 25 years, and the winter die-off this year has made the situation much worse. Without bees to pollinate them, crops fail....

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Bee Bomb Detectors

We have recruited animals, from llamas to dolphins, in our fight against terrorism. The latest strategy is to train honey bees to sniff out bombs. But if we're going to draft bees for military action, we'd better make sure they don't disappear.

Los Alamos scientists think they can figure out how to harness the incredible olfactory sense...

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Big Bee Emergency

We're losing bees at a rapid rate, but we can't do without them. The National Research Council has released a report stating that pollinators such as bees, birds, and many others, who are essential to crops, food and, ultimately, all human life, are in decline worldwide.

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Don't Like Cold Food? Bees Don't Either

We've learned that bees may communicate through a quantum dance. But they also know something we don't: the color of a flower indicates how warm the nectar inside it is. That doesn't mean much to us, but it's important to know if you're a bee, because eating their food warm can mean the difference between life and death.

In LiveScience....

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Quantum Bee Dance

For 70 years, scientists have known that honeybees tell the other bees in their hive where the good nectar is by doing an elaborate bee dance. The dance of the honeybee is one of the most intricate communications in nature. But how can a tiny animal with only a few million neurons possibly possess all the information needed to carry it out? The...

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We're Losing Bees But Can't Do Without Them

Pesticide levels that were previously thought to be safe for bees may actually be harmful to them. Adult bumble bees exposed to the pesticide spinosad have an impaired ability to forage for food. Spinosad is a natural pesticide derived from the bacteria Actinomycetes. It's used in over 30 countries, including North America, Canada and the UK,...

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