Students at the University of Alberta have created a probiotic that could help save the local honeybee population – and in turn, your avocado toast.

Many of us know our bees need help, and the team of students say they may have some answers about how to help them.

“The bees are in trouble, but I don’t think a lot of people know specifically what’s up with the bees,” said Julia Heaton, a science student at the university.

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Notice anything missing in your garden this summer?

The extreme heat spell Manitoba has experienced has meant struggles for a number of plants, which in turn means struggles for both wild and domestic bees — at a time of year when there’s usually an abundance of the fuzzy insects.

“The problem we’re having right now with the extreme dryness is the plants are going into heat stress,” Ian Steppler of the Manitoba Beekeepers’ Association told 680 CJOB.

“The first thing a plant does when it goes into heat stress is it cuts back on all its expendable energy. The first thing that typically goes is the nectar production.”

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The biggest scourge to bees is tiny—a mite the size of a pinhead that feeds on them and spreads deadly viruses. Getting rid of the parasite, Varroa destructor, is tough: Chemicals can kill it, but the mite has started to evolve resistance to the usual pesticides; moreover, these and other treatments can harm the bees themselves. Now, researchers have toughened up a mite-killing fungus so it can slay the bee slayers inside a hot beehive. If the new strain passes further tests, it could help honey bees around the world avoid a gruesome fate, and reduce the use of chemical pesticides.

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Article Courtesy of: Science Mag

A bee-killing pesticide so poisonous that it is banned by the EU may be used on sugar beet in England, the government has announced.

The decision to allow temporary use of the pesticide prompted fury from nature-lovers and environmentalists, who accused ministers of bowing to pressure from farmers.

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If you think you’re busy, then spare a thought for the world’s bees; for they, along with other insects and animals, are responsible for pollinating more than 75 per cent of the planet’s favourite food crops.

The problem is, pollinators are under threat, and their numbers are falling because of human impact. We are likely losing some species forever, FAO believes, based on available data in the U.S and Europe.

It’s a warning that the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization, FAO, highlighted on World Bee Day, which is observed on Monday 20 May.

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Honey may be more effective at treating respiratory symptoms than prescribed antibiotics, a study has claimed.
Upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) impact the nose, throat, larynx and bronchi, the large air passages that lead from the windpipe to the lungs.
Examples of URTIs include the common cold, tonsillitis and laryngitis, while the flu can be an upper or a lower RTI, the NHS explains.

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Article courtesy of
Idependant

Sabrina Barr@fabsab5

Honey is such an amazing thing. Have a look at this cascade honey harvest using our beautiful Araucaria Flow Hive 2.

Spring is buzzing here in Australia – so it’s the perfect time to get started with our spring bundle.

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The world's first cascade honey harvest

Honey is such an amazing thing. Have a look at this cascade honey harvest using our beautiful Araucaria Flow Hive 2.Spring is buzzing here in Australia – so it's the perfect time to get started with our spring bundle. ?

Posted by Flow Hive on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

A mushroom extract fed to honey bees greatly reduces virus levels, according to a new paper. In field trials, colonies fed mycelium extract showed a 79-fold reduction in deformed wing virus and a 45,000-fold reduction in Lake Sinai virus compared to control colonies. The hope is that the results of this research will help dwindling honey bee colonies fight viruses that are known to play a role in colony collapse disorder.

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Article courtesy of ScienceDaily

Researchers study whether new strain of chronic bee paralysis virus is responsible’

A viral disease that causes honey bees to suffer severe trembling, flightlessness and death within a week is spreading exponentially in Britain.

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