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British Beekeepers Demand More Funds For Research Into Bee Diseases and Health

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Pune, November 8, 2008 (compiled by: MCS; sources: The Telegraph, UK dated November 4th and 5th, 2008, The Independent, November 5, 2008, Country Smallholding, November 5, 2008 and Country Life, November 6, 2008): British Beekeepers’ Association president Tim Lovett is a worried man – a third of bee colonies in Britain perished due to the colony collapse disorder over the past one year, and English honey will become out-of-stock by Christmas time.
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Insect Pollination Worldwide Worth Over Rs. 10 trillion

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Pune, September 19, 2008 (source: Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) Press Release dated September 15, 2008): In a paper just published online in the journal Ecological Economics, four researchers of INRA, CNRS and UFZ (Nicola Gallai of INRA Insect Pollination Laboratory and Montpellier Laboratory of Theoretical and Applied Economics, France, Jean-Michel Salles of Montpellier Laboratory of Theoretical and Applied Economics, France, Josef Settele of Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Halle, Germany and Bernard E. Vaissière of INRA Insect Pollination Laboratory, France) reported the results of their assessment of the economic contribution of insect pollination to the world agricultural output and the vulnerability of world agriculture as a consequence of decline in pollinators. According to their assessment the economic value of the pollination service provided by insect pollinators, mostly bees, was € 153 billion (*Rs. 10.1 trillion) in 2005 for the main crops that feed the world. This figure was 9.5 per cent of the total value of the world agricultural production, used for human food that year. The researchers estimated that pollinator disappearance would translate into a consumer surplus loss between € 190 to € 310 billion (*Rs. 12.5 to 20.5 trillion).
In the Press Release issued by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Tilo Arnhold adds further that three main crop categories were particularly involved – fruits and vegetables would be affected with a loss of € 50 billion (*Rs. 3.3 trillion) each, followed by edible oilseed crops with € 39 (*Rs. 2.6 trillion). The impact on stimulants (coffee, cocoa, etc.), nuts and spices would be less, at least in economic terms.
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Truck With Bees Crashes In Changchun, China

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Pune, September 19,2008 (Source: Blog 'Nothing To Do With Arbroath' posting dated September 12, 2008; MailOnline, September 19, 2008): A truck carrying bee colonies collided with a farm vehicle and overturned near Changchun, Jilin province in northeast China on September 10, 2008.
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Century Foundation Organizes Second International Beekeeping Congress in Bhutan

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Pune, August 23, 2008 (source: Ministry of Agriculture, Royal Government of Bhutan News Release): The Second International Beekeeping Congress jointly organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Bhutan and the Century Foundation, India was held during August 19 - 21, 2008 at the Taj Tashi Hotel in Thimphu, capital of Bhutan. The theme of the Congress was “Beekeeping development and its relevance in mountain agriculture”.
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GEF-UNEP Project Launched on Pollinators for Sustainable Agriculture

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Pune, September 3, 2008 (thanks to Sri Pandurang Hegde, Appiko,Sirsi): The Convention on Biological Diversity says in its introduction to Pollinators: “Pollination is one of the most important mechanisms in the maintenance and promotion of biodiversity and, in general, life on Earth. Many ecosystems, including many agro-ecosystems, depend on pollinator diversity to maintain overall biological diversity. Pollination also benefits society by increasing food security and improving livelihoods. Pollinators are extremely diverse, with more than 20,000 pollinating bee species and numerous other insect and vertebrate pollinators. Therefore pollinators are essential for diversity in diet and for the maintenance of natural resources. The assumption that pollination is a "free ecological service" is erroneous.
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