Bee Farming Articles

  • Irrigation Advances are Transforming how we Farm

    The American south-west and central plains could be on course for super-droughts the like of which they have not witnessed in over a 1,000 years. Places like California are already facing very dry conditions, but these are quite gentle compared with some periods in the 12th and 13th Centuries. On this blog and elsewhere, we have often talked about having  ...


    By WiseConn Engineering

  • Organic products in China certified by OFDC in 2003

    The organic products certified in China by the Organic Food Development Center (OFDC), by the end of 2003, included over 370 varieties and cover a total of 307,000 ha. Estimated by certification accreditation administration of the People´s Republic of China, the organic products certified by the Organic Food Development Center (OFDC) included over 370 varieties by the end of 2003. A total ...


    By BIOSANI

  • EPA Registers Long-Term Uses for Sulfoxaflor

    On July 12, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in a Decision Memorandum that it has registered new uses and restored previously registered uses for sulfoxaflor.  EPA has approved the use of sulfoxaflor on alfalfa, corn, cacao, grains (millet, oats), pineapple, ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Neonicotinoids

    General Information Neonicotinoids are a family of active substances which include imidacloprid, acetamiprid, ...

  • USGS Study Points To Biofuel Crop Related Land-Use Change Reducing Honey Bee Habitat

    On August 29, 2016, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) published a study on the result of land-use changes on North and South Dakota commercial honey bee colonies in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. USGS scientists found that grasslands and other landscape ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Ontario Horticulture Research Priority Report 2016

    Sector Consultation The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association partnered with Vineland to host a research strategy workshop in November 2014 with the goal of defining the top five research priorities for each crop group. Grower organizations were invited to nominate two representatives to participate on their behalf and a number of researchers from relevant fields were invited to ...

  • Revolution through fresh sugar cane juice centers

    This is quite common street business found everywhere in India. Sugarcane juice vendors extract sugarcane juice in presence of customers and serve the glasses of fresh juice to the people. Mostly this business is on the street, very rarely in shops. Small sugarcane crushers are mostly driven by 1 hp motor where repeated crushing is done many times to extract enough juice. Hand ...


    By AADHUNIK GLOBAL ENERGY

  • The newest strategy for saving bees is really, really old

    With pollinators in decline around the world, conservationists turn to traditional farmers for answers. In northwestern India, the Himalaya Mountains rise sharply out of pine and cedar forests. The foothills of the Kullu Valley are blanketed with apple trees beginning to bloom. It’s a cool spring morning, and Lihat Ram, a farmer in Nashala village, shows me a ...


    By Ensia

  • EPA Releases Preliminary Risk Assessment for Neonicotinoid Insecticide Imidacloprid

    On January 6, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in collaboration with California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced the release of a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid (Preliminary Risk Assessment or Assessment). In its assessment, ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • NAFTA TWG on Pesticides Meeting

    On November 3-5, 2015, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Technical Working Group (TWG) on Pesticides, established in 1997 to streamline certain pesticide shipments between Canada (CN), Mexico (MX), and the United States (U.S.), held a meeting hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Metal contaminant accumulation in the hive: Consequences for whole colony health and brood production in the honey bee (Apis mellifera L.)

    Metal pollution has been increasing rapidly over the past century, and at the same time, the human population has continued to rise and produce contaminants that may negatively impact pollinators. Honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) forage over large areas and can collect contaminants from the environment. The primary objective was to determine whether the metal contaminants cadmium (Cd), copper ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Thiamethoxam: Assessing flight activity of honeybees foraging on treated oilseed rape using RFID technology

    This study was designed to assess homing behaviour of bees foraging on winter oilseed rape grown from seed treated with thiamethoxam (as Cruiser OSR) with one field drilled with thiamethoxam treated seed and two control fields drilled with fungicide‐only treated seed. Twelve honeybee colonies were used per treatment group, 4 each located at the field edge (on‐field site), at approximately 500m ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Biopesticide‐induced behavioral and morphological alterations in the stingless bee Melipona quadrifasciata

    Due to their natural origin, biopesticides are assumed to be less harmful to beneficial insects, including bees, and therefore their use has been widely encouraged for crop protection. However, there is little evidence to support this ingrained notion of the biopesticide safety to pollinators. As larval exposure is still largely unexplored in ecotoxicology and risk assessment on bees, we ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Agroecology can help fix our broken food system. Here’s how.

    The various incarnations of the sustainable food movement need a science with which to approach a system as complex as food and farming. This story was co-published with Food Tank, a nonprofit organization focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. Thumb through U.S. newspapers any day in early 2015, and you could find stories on ...


    By Ensia

  • No impact of DvSnf7 RNA on honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) adults and larvae in dietary feeding tests

    The honey bee, Apis mellifera L. is the most important managed pollinator species worldwide and plays a critical role in pollination of a diverse range of economically important crops. Due to this species' importance to agriculture and its historical use as a surrogate species for pollinators to evaluate the potential adverse effects for conventional, biological and microbial pesticides, as ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Wings as a new route of exposure to pesticides in the honey bee

    In pesticide risk assessment, the estimation of the routes and levels of exposure is critical. For honey bees, the toxicity of pesticides is assessed by thorax contact to account for all possible contact exposures of bees subjected to a pesticide spray. In this study, we tested 6 different active substances with different hydrophobicity, and for the first time, we demonstrated that it is ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Fipronil promotes motor and behavioral changes in honey bees (Apis mellifera) and affects the development of colonies exposed to sublethal doses

    Bees play a crucial role in pollination and generate honey and other hive products; therefore, their worldwide decline is cause for concern. New broad‐spectrum systemic insecticides like fipronil can harm bees, and their use has been discussed as a potential threat to bees' survival. In the present study, the authors evaluated the in vitro toxicity of fipronil and noted behavioral and motor ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Dancing Bees Waggle the Way to Happier Habitat

    Honeybee waggle dancers are helping researchers identify conservation best practices. The question scientists at the University of Sussex in the U.K. had was simple: Where do honeybees find food? But finding a way to answer that simple question seemed not so simple. Tiny radio or GPS trackers have a limited range, and it would take huge amount of work to survey fields on foot. Instead, ...


    By Ensia

  • Fipronil and imidacloprid reduce honeybee mitochondrial activity

    Bees have a crucial role in pollination; therefore, it is important to determine the causes of their recent decline. Fipronil and imidacloprid are insecticides used worldwide to eliminate or control insect pests. Because they are broad‐spectrum insecticides, they can also affect honeybees. Many researchers have studied the lethal and sublethal effects of these and other insecticides on ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Risks of neonicotinoid insecticides to honeybees

    The European honeybee, Apis mellifera, is an important pollinator of agricultural crops. Since 2006, when unexpectedly high colony losses were first reported, articles have proliferated in the popular press suggesting a range of possible causes and raising alarm over the general decline of bees. Suggested causes include pesticides, genetically modified crops, habitat fragmentation, and ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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