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Contains news items that are useful to beekeepers, bee research workers, honey processors, packers and others in the beekeeping industry

New Apis fossil Extends Honey Bee Geographic Spread to North America

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Pune, August 11, 2009 (source: Susan Milius report in Science News, Vol. 176, No. 4, August 15, 2009; Engel et al. 2009*): The long-held view that honey bees are native to the Asian and European continents needs revision with the discovery of a fossil species of Apis recovered from the paper shales of the Stewart Valley basin in west-central Nevada, USA, by Engel, Hinojosa-Diaz of the University of Kansas, USA and Rasnitsyn of the Palaeontological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.
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Colony Collapse Disorder Analysed

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Pune, August 13, 2009 (sources: EurekAlert Public Release dated August 13, 2009; CCD Update in APIS Newsletter, August 9, 2009; Environment News Service Newswire, July 29, 2009; Journal PLoS ONE article*): Beekeeping in the USA suffered large-scale losses of colonies over the past two years. As there was no identified cause for the colony losses this syndrome was named colony collapse disorder (CCD).
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Nosema ceranae Genome Sequenced

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Pune, August 14, 2009 (source: EurekAlert Public Release dated June 4, 2009; Science Daily News dated June 5, 2009): Cornman, R.S. and ten other researchers from the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Station (ARS), Maryland, Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, University of Maryland, Center for Infection and Immunity, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York and 454 Life Sciences/Roche Applied Sciences, Connecticut have recently studied the gene sequence of the microsporidium, Nosema ceranae that is suspected to be one of the main causes of the colony collapse disorder (CCD) affecting beekeeping in the USA and several countries in Europe.
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Waggle Dances Also To Warn Other Foragers of Danger

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Pune, August 10, 2009 (source: Abbot, K.R. And Dukas, R. 2009. Honeybees consider flower danger in their waggle dance. Anim. Behav., Vol. 78; Abstract in Science Direct, July 2009; Finding Dulcinea report dated August 3, 2009): It is now well-known that successful honey bee foragers perform waggle dances within their hive which indicate to their hivemates the direction, distance and relative profitability of the source of forage.
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Innovative Bee pollination technique in Taiwan contributes to Crop Production

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Pune, July 30, 2009 (source: News Report by Deborah Kuo, Central News Agency, Taiwan dated July 24, 2009): A Council of Agriculture research team in Miaoli County in north-west Taiwan developed an environmentally friendly crop pollination technique using honey bees.

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