Chennai, January 24, 2012: Here is an interesting idea to do beekeeping in cities and towns with lots of flowering plants: keep hives distributed - one or two at a location - in the area and use a bike or - if you can afford, a car - to go from hive to hive and collect honey. I remember seeing this type of beekeeping in rural and semi-urban regions in Andhra Pradesh, and even in Mumbai and New Delhi, some 40 years ago, when Apis cerana was still the only bee reared.
'Bike-a-Bee' - a Novel Concept for Urban Beekeeping
Dr. Lucy King Gets UNEP/CMS Thesis Award for Bee Solution to Reduce Human-Animal Conflicts
Chennai, November 30, 2011: The African honey bee, Apis mellifera scutellata causes fear in the African elephants, Loxodonta africana which flee the disturbed bees and produce alarm sounds to warn other elephants of the imminent danger. According to the University of Oxford news dated April 27, 2010, a team of scientists from Oxford University, Save the Elephants, and Disney's Animal Kingdom, made the discovery as part of an ongoing study of elephants in Kenya. The reported their results in the journal PLoS ONE1.
Natural Habitat Loss and Pesticide Use - Major Causes for Declining Pollinator Populations
Chennai, November 21, 2011: Pollination management project managers and experts from Nepal and six other countries including India and Pakistan participated in the third International Work-planning Meeting and third International Steering Committee Meeting of Global Pollination Project, organized from November 14 to 19, 2011 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The meetings were organized jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Nepal Government Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MoAC) with the support from Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UN Environment Program (UNEP). The Steering Committee meeting was entitled "Conservation and Management of Pollinators for Sustainable Agriculture, through an Ecosystem Approach".
Winter Losses of Honey Bee Colonies in the USA Similar to Previous years - Survey Report
Chennai, June 3, 2011: Honey bee colony losses in the USA continued to be around 30 per cent during the winter 2011 - 2011, according to the survey conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA). Following is reproduced from the News dated May 23, 2011 by Agricultural Research Service, USDA (ARS).
Mobile Phones and Honey Bee Colonies
Chennai, May 23, 2011: There have been several studies on bee colonies being adversely affected by electromagnetic radiation caused by cell phones and mobile phone towers (see news dated September 5, 2009 in this site). The latest in the studies on the subject is by Favre* of the Laboratory of Cellular Biotechnology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland. In his study Favre found that the active mobile phone handsets have a 'dramatic impact' on the behaviour of the bees. The bees make piping signals, characteristic of swarming behaviour or indicative of a disturbed colony. More importantly he observed "no swarming process was initiated after 20 h of exposure to mobile phone handsets, ... . It should therefore be hypothesized that although the piping signal is serving as a primer for swarm exodus other modalities and/or signals (e.g., the shaking and buzz-run signals or chemical components) may be required in the complex swarming process."
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