A More Concise Explanation of CCD - Iridescent Virus and Nosema ceranae
New technology finds pathogens that may reconcile contradictory claims on Colony Collapse Disorder
by JAMES FISCHER
for “The American Bee Journal”
(Embargoed by the journal PLoS ONE until 10/06/2010 5pm EDT)
A multi-institutional team of researchers sifted through the ever-growing zoo of new invasive, exotic pathogens of bees, and consistently found the same two disease organisms in beehives suffering from Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in samples collected from 2006 to 2009.
They discovered a new virus never seen before in North America, and found a well-known invasive variant of the intestinal bee disease Nosema. The overlooked virus may explain why prior studies presented mutually contradictory findings. This new evidence could create a basis for consensus among research teams who to date, lacked common ground in their conclusions.
Their paper appeared only minutes ago in the journal PLoS ONE
The paper reports on a multi-year study of Colony Collapse Disorder. Researchers used new technology and techniques to detect and unambiguously identify every pathogen in collapsing bee hives, rather than the smaller subset of possible pathogens detectable via other means.
An Invertebrate Iridescent Virus (“IIV”) , newly-found in North America, in combination with Nosema ceranae, which arrived from overseas less recently, was found in “Virtually all of the bees from CCD colonies” sampled from widely dispersed USA hives from 2006 through 2009.
IIV was not found in bees from packages imported from Australia nor in bees from an isolated non-migratory commercial bee operation in Montana, both sites confirmed free of CCD-like symptoms.
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NC Governor Highlights Honey Bees
RALEIGH – In an effort to highlight the importance of honey bee pollination on North Carolina's agricultural sector, Gov. Bev Perdue suited up and harvested honey Tuesday morning at the executive mansion.
Two colonies were put on the executive mansion's grounds back in the spring, and Perdue says it's time to harvest the honey.
“They're actually taking the honey off and they're going to take their honey to their bee lab, extract it, put it in little jars, and bring it back,” beekeeper Charles Heatherly said. “And the governor is going to give it away to her friends.”
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Last Updated (Friday, 25 June 2010 08:25)
Save The Endangered Honey Bear
We’re sure you’re asking yourself, “What’s the buzz about the Honey Bear and 100% pure honey being endangered?” We’ll tell you...
The National Honey Board's campaign to Save the Endangered Honey Bear is a light-hearted approach to a serious issue. They’re using the iconic honey bear as a symbol of 100% pure honey and as a reminder to consumers to check the label for ONE ingredient: honey.
Many people are unaware of honey-flavored syrups, or honey that’s been diluted with other ingredients. These blends are moving onto grocery and discount store shelves and consumers may not be able to distinguish between 100% pure honey and similarly-packaged honey-syrup blends. This puts the honey industry in a “sticky” situation.
At SaveTheHoneybear.com, you will find information about the campaign for 100% pure honey, the differences between real honey and imitation honey, and ways that YOU, the consumer, can help.
Last Updated (Saturday, 24 July 2010 09:01)
Nation's First Community Apiary
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Pittsburgh is now home to the U.S.'s first community apiary -- a community garden of sorts, but instead of herbs and veggies being grown, it's bees being kept.
The apiary hosted a ribbon cutting on Friday at its new site on a strip of long-vacant, blighted land along the East Busway and across the street from local microbrewer East End Brewing Company. Beekeeping nonprofit Burgh Bees was granted a free, five-year lease from the URA and the Mayor's office, says co-founder Meredith Meyer Grelli.
"This is going to be a great site for beekeepers and also a great place for the community," says Meyer Grelli. "We wanted to come up with a site that inspires creative reuse of the urban land with an eye toward the environment."
Meyer Grelli says other apiaries around the country are oriented more to demonstration, but Burgh Bees' cooperative apiary is an entirely new model for the U.S. The apiary hosts five hives exclusively for teaching new beekeepers, and also offers space to newly trained beekeepers to keep hives of their own. It also hosts a pollinator garden that is maintained by community volunteers, including residents and students. The apiary itself is funded with donations from individuals and foundations, and by sales from honey.
Burgh Bees had will continue to operate the hives it installed this past year in Mt. Washington at the Pittsburgh Zoo, but will close its hives in Hazelwood and Braddock to focus on the Homewood headquarters.
Burgh Bees has about 400 members, and in the last two years, has trained about 110 Pittsburghers in beekeeping.
Last Updated (Friday, 25 June 2010 08:32)
Survey Reports Latest Honey Bee Losses
By Kim Kaplan
Losses of managed honey bee colonies nationwide totaled 33.8 percent from all causes from October 2009 to April 2010, according to a survey conducted by the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Beekeepers identified starvation, poor weather, and weak colonies going into winter as the top reasons for mortality in their operations.
This is an increase from overall losses of 29 percent reported from a similar survey covering the winter of 2008-2009, and similar to the 35.8 percent losses for the winter of 2007-2008.
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