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

Nurture Betters Nature In Apis cerana Queen Rearing

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Pune, May 31, 2008 (compiled by: MCS):
One of the most controversial questions in biology is whether behaviour is determined by nature or nurture. According to some, nature or inherent genetic make up in an individual determines the individual's behaviour. Others feel that it is the environmental factors, such as social interaction, that determines the behaviour. Honeybees (Apis mellifera) are the ideal subject to study and find out an answer to this question.
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Queen Bee Pheromone Quality and Attractiveness Improve with Mating Number

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Pune, May 27, 2008 (compiled by: MCS): We know that the virgin queen bee usually mates with several drones and later starts her role within the colony as the main reproductive individual. Apart from the obvious fact that the semen quantity she receives in the matings directly affects her worker-egg laying capacity we do not know much about how queen mating number affects her physiology as also her interaction with worker bees in the colony. F-J. Richard, D.R. Tarpy and C.M. Grozinger of the North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA have recently investigated this aspect in Apis mellifera colonies (Effects of Insemination Quantity on Honey Bee Queen Physiology. PLoS ONE, Vol. 2, Number 10, 2007).

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Viruses Can pass From Queen Bee to Her Offspring

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Pune, May 24, 2008 (source: Alfredo Flores in Agricultural Research Service, USDA, News & Events, December 11, 2006): Agricultural Research Service scientists Yanping Chen, Jeff Pettis, Jay Evans, Anita Collins and Mark Feldlaufer in USDA's Beltsville, Maryland Laboratory discovered that viruses like acute bee paralysis virus (ABPV), black queen cell virus (BQCV), chronic bee paralysis virus (CBPV), deformed wing virus (DWV), Kashmir bee virus (KBV) and sacbrood bee virus (SBV) are transmitted from queen bees to their offspring within the colony.

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Honey Bees Don't Pollinate Large Cardamom

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Pune, May 23, 2008 (compiled by: MCS): It is now well established that honey bees (Apis cerana) are important pollinators of the the common or elite cardamom, Elettaria cardamomum, a commercial crop in the southern Western Ghats region.
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Bee Dances and Worker Recruitment – New Research

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Pune, April 21, 2008 (sources: 1,2): Honey bee foragers communicate to their nest mates the information of forage sources through dances. Waggle dance conveys information of the distance and direction of the forage source.
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