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

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Postby out in space on Sat May 23, 2009 10:30 pm

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Not all bees are welcome and appreciated!



Thousands of bees have swarmed outside a New York City game store, trapping employees inside for hours.

Worried employees looked out the window of the Manhattan store while talking on the phone as the bees clustered Saturday afternoon. A sign in the window warned: "Look! ... closed due to bee infestation."


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30907102/


Good thing no one was hurt but what attracted them to the store in the first place?
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Re: Busy and valuable: Bees are worth $220bln a year

Postby CielOnTap on Wed May 27, 2009 12:58 pm

Bee population feels sting of cold, parasites as N.B. population drops
Last Updated: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 | 6:31 AM AT
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New Brunswick's bee population is getting stung by a series of factors resulting in a 39 per cent drop in the number of the insects, according to the government.

The Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture's recent survey of the bee population shows it is still declining.

Michel Melanson, the department's crops development specialist for blueberries and apiculture, said the several reasons for this trend include the province's proximity to the United States. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2009/05/27/nb-bee-population-614.html
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Re: Busy and valuable: Bees are worth $220bln a year

Postby CielOnTap on Wed May 27, 2009 2:58 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varroa_mite Look at the scanning electron photo of a Varroa mite on a honeybee. The mite is that small! Sneaky critters. Time for honeybees to develop a tiny Roomba robot to take out the mites.
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Re: Busy and valuable: Bees are worth $220bln a year

Postby gossamer on Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:47 pm

DANVERS, Mass. - Maybe these bees were too tired to fly for themselves.

A gang of honeybees landed on the wing of a plane used for flight school training at Beverly Airport.

At first, the 10,000 or so bees swarmed over the left side of the aircraft, then landed on top of the left wing. The owner of the flight center called police, who said to call local bee removal expert Al Wilkins.

Wilkins used a specially designed vacuum to suck the bees off the plane, and then relocated them to hives where they will produce honey. Wilkins guessed that the queen may have stopped to rest on the plane, and the other bees congregated around to protect her.


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

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Jun 27, 2009 7:43 pm

I had a chance to visit the library where I had sometimes take out The Economist. There is no author credit in the March 2009 issue (March 7-13) for the bee article. Sometimes the credit can be in tiny font at the end of the article but nothing was evident in my perusal.
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Re: Busy and valuable: Bees are worth $220bln a year

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Aug 22, 2009 8:59 am

Heeding the buzz about bees
Aug 17, 2009 04:30 AM
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If you haven’t heard the buzz, you could be missing out. Mark Winston, a professor at Simon Fraser University heard it. So did Eugenio Angles, a farmer in Alto Beni, Bolivia.

Unfortunately, the buzz seems to be dying down. That’s because its source is dying out. And, the eerie silence has more than one person raising the alarm.

“Beekeepers all around the world are noticing their bees dwindle and disappear,” says the professor of apiculture and social insects. “Over the last few years, they have been losing a third of their bees. That’s pretty catastrophic.” http://www.thestar.com/news/globalvoices/article/681457
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Re: Busy and valuable: Bees are worth $220bln a year

Postby burnt fare on Sat Aug 22, 2009 8:43 pm

Isn't that usually the case-missing something after it is gone forever? Bees, in need of a marketing campaign.
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Re: Busy and valuable: Bees are worth $220bln a year

Postby no1home on Mon Aug 24, 2009 10:54 pm

Researchers have a new clue to the collapse of honey bee colonies across the country — damage to the bees' internal "factories" that produce proteins.

Theories about the cause of bee colony collapse have included viruses, mites, pesticides and fungi. The new study of sick bees disclosed fragments of ribosomal RNA in their gut, an indication of damage to the ribosomes, which make proteins necessary for life, according to a study in Tuesday's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. RNA, which is made from DNA, is central to protein production.

The sick bees suffered an unusually high number of infections with viruses that attack the ribosome, the researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported.

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Looks like they are getting closer to solving the mystery. Hope they can fix it. We need the bees.
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Re: Busy and valuable: Bees are worth $220bln a year

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:17 pm

I would rather have cranberry desserts (coffee cake, crumble, muffins) than drink the juice but I am disappointed that cranberries are going to be harder to find in the store due to crop yields. Bees couldn't get around this year.
Cold hurts N.B. cranberry crop
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 | 5:25 PM AT
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Cranberry growers in New Brunswick are expecting smaller yields this year compared to last year. They say their crop is the latest to suffer from the cold, wet spring.

Honey bees used to pollinate the cranberries couldn't do their job in the cold weather, said Larry Brown, owner of River Valley Cranberries in Maugerville, near Fredericton.

"Some of us growers brought in bumblebees because they're known to chug along in any weather, but it still didn't do the pollination job as well as they expected," he said.
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Re: Busy and valuable: Bees are worth $220bln a year

Postby smitty on Thu Nov 12, 2009 9:26 pm

Unfortunately in this Okanagan Valley we had an 18 wheeler hauling a flat-bed full of bee-hives accidently hit the ditch & litterly thousands & thousands of bees were lost as so many of the bee hives went over the side into the ditch. True some Bee keepers came to probably save some, but most would have been lost. This was just a few days ago.

One has to wonder how an 18 wheeler will accidently drive off the shoulder of a well paved road that is not with ice or snow. After all look at what he was carrying to the loss of so many costly bees.
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