Chennai, November 9, 2010: It is difficult to imagine honey bees living in the middle of Sahara Desert, but they do thrive in isolated oases of the desert. As a Wikipedia article says 'tens of thousands of years ago, the Sahara desert was lush with green vegetation. It was home to lakes, forests, wildlife and a pleasant Mediterranean climate'. Honey bees were among the fauna and flora that flourished at this time. As the climate changed and desertification progressed, the bees could not survive in the inhospitable region, except for small pockets of desert oases that at present dot the desert. Kufra in the southern and eastern part of Libya is one such oasis. Honey bees in this oasis 'remained confined for over 5,000 years in an area of 88 km2 separated by over 1,000 km of sand desert' to the next hospitable area. Because of this isolation, the bees are found to be free from the parasitic mite, Varroa destructor, which is the prime suspect for the world-wide colony collapse disorder, and thus constitute a valuable resource for genetic studies and improvement of honey bees.
A Geographically Isolated, Genetically Distinct Apis mellifera Population Found in Kufra Oasis in Libya
Historic Marker at Langstroth Birthplace in Philadelphia, USA
Chennai, October 23, 2010: Beekeepers in the USA are celebrating the 200-year birth anniversary of Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth (1810 - 1895) this year. Langstroth was born on December 25, 1810 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He developed the movable frame hive and the bee space in 1951.
With bee colonies in that country suffering from colony collapse disorder, people are increasingly aware of the need of pollinators in agriculture and are showing renewed interest in bees, beekeeping and pollinators. Langstroth's 200th birth anniversary provided an occasion for beekeepers and their associations to hold meetings, shows, festivals on beekeeping, honey and related aspects, as part of year-long celebrations.
ALARM Project Scientists Publish 'Atlas of Biodiversity Risk'
Pune, September 16, 2010: Following is an excerpt of the Press Release dated June 6, 2010 by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ regarding the publication of the Atlas of Biodiversity Risk by scientists of the ALARM – Assessing Large scale Risks for biodiversity with tested Methods – Project.
Politics is a key factor in biodiversity
Scientists present the first ever Atlas of Biodiversity Risk
Brussels/ Halle/Saale. Political decisions are among the main driving forces that influence the survival of biodiversity. They have a direct impact on decisions in key areas of man’s interaction with nature and the countryside, e.g. through agriculture, traffic or infrastructure policies. These decisions also influence many relevant socio-economic processes underlying human activities, writes an international team of scientists in the "Atlas of Biodiversity Risk", the first of its kind to be published.
Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland has 560-Year Old Bee Hives Built in Stone
Pune, August 11, 2010 (source: Scotsman.com Heritage & Culture dated March 29, 2010; The Times, UK dated March 30, 2010; Tree Hugger Blog item dated May 12, 2010; Ray Alex Website blogpost dated March 31, 2010): The find in March 2010 of two 560-year old hives carved inside a stonework on the pinnacles of the roof of the historic Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland is causing speculation as to their purpose. According the Wikipedia, the Chapel was founded by William Sinclair as a Roman Catholic collegiate church in the mid-15th century and is located in the village of Roslin, Midlothian in Scotland. The discovery of the hives in stone adds to the existing mysteries associated with the Rosslyn Chapel – the Holy Grail and the Knights Templar.
World's Earliest Apiary in Israel Had Anatolian Bees
Pune, June 10, 2010 (sources: Los Angeles Times news dated June 8, 2010; Archaeologist for Hire Blog post dated June 8, 2010; Discover Magazine news dated June 8, 2010): The news dated January 21, 2008 in this site reported the discovery of the world's earliest apiary of cylindrical unbaked clay hives in Israel's Beth Shean Valley, Tel Reḥov. According to the professor Archaeology at the Hebrew University, Amihai Mazar, the apiary dates from 1000 to 900 B.C.E.Read more...
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