Busy and valuable: Bees are worth $220bln a year

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Postby CielOnTap on Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:41 pm

Bees bred to detect explosives? Yes, it is done in Croatia, where landmines remain in parts of the country. Not only have the bees been trained with food containing explosives or near land with explosives, the bees also continue to make honey. Not sure what the EU regulations on such honey would be!

Bees are viewed as being more cost-effective explosives detectors than trained dogs for the same work.

http://past.theweathernetwork.com/news/storm_watch_stories3&stormfile=_Bomb_Bees__can_sniff_out_landmines_5_kilometres_away_27_04_2013?ref=ccbox_homepage_topstories
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Postby alohasand on Thu May 09, 2013 1:34 pm

Honey from one place is not always welcome in another place. Two countries in the Caribbean are having an exchange over honey from Grenada. Trinidad & Tobago is using a 1964 law to protect its own honey production from imports.

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20130509/business/business1.html
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Postby CielOnTap on Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:38 pm

Wild bees in urban spaces have been studied over their nests for larvae-scientists have determined that window sealants and plastic bags were used for nestbuilding. Talk about adaptable building.

http://www.thestar.com/life/2014/02/10/toronto_bees_are_using_plastic_to_build_nests_study.html

Since the scientist who chewed some nest later found out about the sealant, how does he feel about his spontaneous chew test now?
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Postby fishandchips on Mon May 05, 2014 11:33 am

Found out that Canada does have a special entity that just studies honeybees! A recent funding announcement will allow the National Diagnostic Bee Centre to obtain two pieces of equipment with the $150,000 grant.
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/2014/04/20/bee-centre-lands-grant
“Inside the body of the honeybee it’s dealing with fungus infection, viral infection, bacteria infection – and their own body, their immune system is fighting back,” said Castillo.

“But when there is so many stressors around, there’s so many pathogens inside, they cannot fight back and they die.”

These infections inside of the bee can be dyed different colours in the laboratory. For example, if a bee has a fungal infection and a virus – both can be dyed separate colours that can only be seen under the second piece of equipment – the confocal fluorescent microscope.
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Re: Busy and valuable: Bees are worth $220bln a year

Postby pretzels on Tue May 06, 2014 10:20 pm

I do not eat honey often, only if it's in a sauce or glaze used in a meal. Sure is a lot of work for bees to produce honey. Not envying the beekeepers minding the hives for extraction time.
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Re: Busy and valuable: Bees are worth $220bln a year

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:38 pm

In Ontario, Canada-Ontario beekeepers are suing the producers of pesticides that beekeepers say are impacting nervous systems of bees who then die.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/09/03/bee_deaths_at_centre_of_lawsuit_by_honey_producers.html

Tonight, I received notice that a German documentary film, More Than Honey, is available for viewing. I will post a commentary after viewing it. The documentary includes video from the viewpoint of bees in flight.

Don't forget, peach and apple crops depend on bees pollinating the spring fruit tree flowers that become the stem ends of the fruits.
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Re: Busy and valuable: Bees are worth $220bln a year

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:15 pm

Guess that any location experiencing a lack of rain will notice what is happening to the bees when crops and flowers don`t grow.

Quebec is having a dry spell on the east coast.

For beekeepers, the paucity of flowers means there is hardly any nectar for bees to transform into honey. The bees are so hungry, some queens have stopped laying eggs.

"We are not even removing honey right now because it could affect the survival of the hive," said Nicolas Bélanger, a beekeeper at Vallée fleurie farm near Amqui, in the Gaspé region.

Salmon not biting

Ronald Cormier, the head of the non-profit agency that manages salmon fishing in the Gaspé's Bonaventure River, says water levels across the region are also nearing record lows.

"We have rarely seen that," he said. "It's the same everywhere."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/drought-gaspe-lower-saint-lawrence-1.4159880
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