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#96125 - 05/30/07 11:14 PM Re: Whats happening to the Bees? [Re: LED]
ScottRezaLogan Offline
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Registered: 01/07/04
Posts: 723
Loc: Pttsbg SWestern Pa USA N-Amer....
Hearing of this Great and Concernable Matter lately, -I've decided to make something of a Point, -of seeing how my Local, Wild Bees are Doing!

I'm Happy to report that my Local, (West PA, USA), ordinary Honeybees, -seem to be doing Quite Normal and All Right! Here on the White Clovered Grass, -of a typical Sunny, Summer, Afternoon!

One of the Causes of Concern, -concerning Honey or other Bees, -has been recent Arrivals on the Scene, -of New Mite Pests and the like! In addition to the Highly Destructive Varroa Mites and such. _themselves I think New Arrivals on the Scene, -Not all that terribly long ago! (I just could be Incorrect on that one though!, -I am somewhat Foggy on this!).

I've also had a Yen to sometime Try my Hand at Beekeeping! Now and over the last number of years!
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#96152 - 05/31/07 03:32 AM Re: Whats happening to the Bees? [Re: LED]
bigmbogo Offline
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Registered: 02/11/05
Posts: 81
This was interesting, and cleared up a lot on this issue for me:

http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mvanishingbees.htm

(This is a site I have read for years and always found to be very well-researched and seemingly free of bias.)

Dave

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#96168 - 05/31/07 12:52 PM Re: Whats happening to the Bees? [Re: bigmbogo]
Blast Offline
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Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 3556
Loc: Spring, Texas
Bigmbogo,

Thanks for the link. Once again the sky ISN'T falling.

-Blast
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#96169 - 05/31/07 01:19 PM Re: Whats happening to the Bees? [Re: Blast]
norad45 Offline
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Registered: 07/01/04
Posts: 1506
Kind of makes me wonder what the next big media-driven ecoscare is going to be. frown

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#96191 - 05/31/07 04:36 PM Re: Whats happening to the Bees? [Re: bigmbogo]
BrianTexas Offline
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Registered: 04/26/06
Posts: 304
Loc: North Central Texas, USA
Thanks for identifying this website. I've been on it for 20 minutes and found it to be addictive. I also like The Junk Science Webpage for clearing up nonsensical media reports.
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#96223 - 05/31/07 09:26 PM Re: Whats happening to the Bees? [Re: bigmbogo]
Be_Prepared Offline
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Registered: 12/07/04
Posts: 530
Loc: Massachusetts
That was an interesting website, thanks.

I love his sixth point especially:

Sixth, it's never a good idea to trust what the media are telling you.

That turns out to be good advice, well beyond the bee issue wink
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#100244 - 07/19/07 10:29 PM Re: Whats happening to the Bees? [Re: LED]
Russ Offline
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Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 4509
Loc: SOCAL
Old thread, New Theory.
Quote:
MADRID - A parasite common in Asian bees has spread to Europe and the Americas and is behind the mass disappearance of honeybees in many countries, says a Spanish scientist who has been studying the phenomenon for years.

The culprit is a microscopic parasite called nosema ceranae said Mariano Higes, who leads a team of researchers at a government-funded apiculture centre in Guadalajara . . .

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#105202 - 09/10/07 08:43 PM Researchers find potential IAPV lead… [Re: LED]
JCWohlschlag Offline
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Registered: 11/26/06
Posts: 724
Loc: Dallas, Pennsylvania, United S...
Old thread… Another potential lead.

http://edition.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/09/06/bee.disorder/index.html
Quote:
A virus found in healthy Australian honey bees may be playing a role in the collapse of honey bee colonies across the United States, researchers reported Thursday.
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#110458 - 10/29/07 07:25 AM Re: Researchers find potential IAPV lead… [Re: JCWohlschlag]
LED Offline
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Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 1474
Just watched a documentary on the show "Nature" tonight that focused on CCD. According to the shows website:

Quote:

"Discovering the IAPV was a lead but not the end of the story. We're looking at IAPV as a marker. It's there. It's present in colonies but viruses by themselves are not known to be that dangerous," says Pettis. Pettis and other scientists believe that CCD is not caused by one single factor, but by a whole host of forces including pesticides, parasites, poor nutrition, and stress. Any of these may leave bees vulnerable to infection and make IAPV lethal.


http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/bees/update.html

Great show. Anyway, the most interesting part of the program was a segment about an area in China where all of the bees had been wiped out by pesticide use so they now manually pollinate their pair trees one blossom at a time using a stick with chicken feathers attached to the end. Man, talk about a labor intensive.

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#110535 - 10/29/07 03:33 PM Re: Researchers find potential IAPV lead… [Re: LED]
Susan Offline
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
"... an area in China where all of the bees had been wiped out by pesticide use so they now manually pollinate their pair trees one blossom at a time ..."

But pesicides and herbicides and chemical fertilizers are all designed to make the farmers' lives easier, don't you know??? Ask Dow or Monsanto, they'll tell you. mad

Sue

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