World (Sputnik) – Seeking to work around the alarming global decline of the traditional honey bee, new breeds and strains of the important insect, including a native Indian stingless bee, are being introduced in attempts to maintain world crop pollination. As traditional honey bee populations around the world continue to drop, researchers with the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), and at a honeybee research center at the Kerala Agricultural University (KAU), will collaborate with Australia’s Western Sydney University to introduce the Kerala stingless honey bee (Tetragonula iridipennis) as an alternative pollinator. Found around the world, the stingless honey bee’s Tetragonula variant, native to the southwest Indian state of Kerala, is smaller Read MoreRead More
Brazil (Sputnik) – An estimated 10 million honey bees were killed over several days in the countryside of São Paulo state, Brazil. The suspected cause of death is reported to be airborne pesticides. In a matter of days, 136 beehives in the municipality of Porto Ferreira were destroyed. “Not even the queen bees managed to survive,” Wanderley Fardin, owner of the affected apiaries, told Xapuri. “The ground is littered with dead bees. Those that are left are flying about with nowhere to go.” Fardin said that the pesticides destroyed forty years of work and generated a loss of around one ton of honey and R$250,000 (about $78,000) in financial losses. He will Read MoreRead More
Whenever I watch the typical dystopia movie I often wonder what the first warning signs were. Usually large-scale, earth shattering, oh-sweet-jesus-now-we’re-screwed stuff has small and almost innocent beginnings. Nobody thought Katrina was going to be a big deal for instance until the very last minute; most school shooters may have been a little off but nobody would of imagined they’d stroll in one day and blow someone’s head four feet across the room. Signs, omens, almost every action carries within it hints towards a much larger potential event.
So when I woke up to find bees on the endangered species list for the first time in US history I practically shit myself.
“Seven types of bees once found in abundance in Hawaii but now facing extinction on Friday became the first bees to be added to the federal list of endangered and threatened species, according to U.S. wildlife managers.”Read More