Chennai, January 11, 2012: A team of scientists from the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects, University of Sussex (LASI) and the University of São Paulo discovered distinct soldier bees among workers of the stingless bee, Tetragonisca angustula that is commonly found in Brazil. The research leading to this discovery is published in a paper* in the online issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. Following is the press release News relating to this discovery from the University of Sussex.
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Soldier Workers Discovered in Brazil's Jatai Stingless Bees
Fly Parasite in Honey Bees in the USA Found to Cause CCD symptoms
Chennai, January 6, 2012: San Francisco State University professor of Biology, John Hafernik accidentally found during his research work in 2008 that honey bees in California became infested by a phorid fly, Apocephalus borealis, and abandoned their hive and eventually died. According to the San Francisco State University news Communication dated January 4, 2012, 'Honey bees can become unwitting hosts of a fly parasite that causes them to abandon their hives and die after a bout of disoriented "zombie-like" behavior, San Francisco State University researchers have found.'
Beekeeping Scheme for Haryana Scheduled Caste Farmers
Chennai, December 29, 2011: A UNI news report dated December 29, 2011 says that the Haryana Department of Agriculture is implementing a scheme for scientific beekeeping and quality honey production for the benefit of agricultural and non-agricultural farm laborers and landless laborers belonging to the scheduled castes. Under the scheme, bee hives, hive stands, honey cans, honey extractors and bee colonies are provided to the beneficiaries at 75 per cent of the cost.
Alternative Model for the Origin and Evolution of Eusociality Suggested
Chennai, December 27, 2011: Prof. James Hunt, presently at the North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA, writing about his research interests (see here), says: '... the worker and gyne castes among the brood of a Polistes colony are based on the underlying physiology of non-diapause and diapause as is found widely among insects. ... Polistes offspring do not "choose" to work in order to maximize their inclusive fitness. Instead they are products of their ontogeny combined with the social context into which they emerge, and their behaviors have the consequence of enhancing the fitness of the colony queen that laid the eggs that now are the larvae they care for. Inclusive fitness had nothing whatsoever to do with the origin of such sociality.'
Bees and Plants, They Pollinate, Keep Pace with Climate Change
Chennai, December 15, 2011: Following is the news story dated December 12, 2011 issued by the Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, based on the findings of a team of researchers from universities and a museum in the USA and Canada on the climate change and its effect on bees and bee pollinated plants. The study is published* in the December 5, 2011 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
- Honey Bees Mimic Primate Brain Neurons While Making Decisions
- Honey Bee Vitellogenin Contributes to the Bee's Health and Lifespan
- Dr. Lucy King Gets UNEP/CMS Thesis Award for Bee Solution to Reduce Human-Animal Conflicts
- Integrative Taxonomy Helps Discover New Species of Sweat Bees From North America
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