The general concern in the community about disappearing bees is well jusIfied. Indeed, it is world-wide and most relevant in the northern hemisphere where dwindling bee populaIons are causing more pressing problems than we are experiencing here. And well might the community be concerned, for more than half the world’s major food crops depend on
This ought to generate some thought among beekeepers…. An article, following on from a 2003 ABC-TV’s Catalyst series by Jonica Newby, highlights: “Honey bees are not so sweet when they escape into the Australian bush. European honey bees are not native to Australia but they play a very important economic role, not just as producers
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The following link to the article in the “Australian Beekeeper” publication talks about “Neonicotinoids in Australia” (Jeffery Gibbs). It is well worth a read for anyone concerned about these widely used chemicals and their effect on bees and flow on effects. Be concerned – be very concerned.. Neonicotinoids in Australia
“A natural product combining pollen and lactic acid may help boost the defense of bees against colony collapse disorder (CCD), which has led to the destruction of 10 million beehives internationally in the last six years…… The researchers who developed the product, in collaboration with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Karolinska Institutet, have studied the way lactic acid bacteria can fight bacterial infections in both bees and humans, with the results published in scientific journal PLOS ONE.”
“Despite a remarkably intensive level of research effort towards understanding causes of managed honeybee colony losses in the United States, overall losses continue to be high and pose a serious threat to meeting the pollination service demands for several commercial crops.” Honey Bee Health
A news article from “ABC/Reuters, ABC Science Online” is also included here in pdf format for those interested.. Pesticides put bee colonies at risk: study Although the article is referring to bumblebees, it may be of relevance to common honey bees and is certainly topical at the moment. Another article presumably about the same study can