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Indian Honey Exports to USA

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Pune, February 15, 2008 (compiled by MCS): According to an official document (2006) of the National Bee Board, India produces 52,000 metric tons of honey from 1.4 million bee colonies of which 0.5 million are of Apis mellifera. India exports 15,000 metric tons of honey.

A significant quantity of the exported honey is going to the USA. From a modest 22,292 kg in 2001, honey exports increased to 11,092,365 kg in 2006, according to the USA's National Honey Board Industry Statistics Report updated in March 2007.

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Colony Collapse Disorder

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Pune, January 29, 2008 (compiled by MCS): The Israeli acute paralysis virus (IAPV) seems for now to be the cause of the serious colony collapse disorder (CCD) that affected thousands of bee colonies in the United States of America during 2006-2007. At least 24 states in that country have reported at least one case of CCD. The disorder has been reported in several European countries as well.

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Honey and Beet enhance Carrot fortified Milk Product

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Pune, January 15, 2008 (compiled by MCS): Honey possesses many natural antioxidants that reduce or inhibit the effect of free radicals, which cause several chronic diseases in humans. It has therefore an important use in human nutrition and therapeutics.

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Queens Can Decide: Drones or Workers

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Pune, January 11, 2008 (compiled by MCS): There have been several opinions on the bee colony's ability to control the drone production. A commonly held view is that the worker bees build a limited number of large-sized drone cells and the queen bee probably because there is no constriction of her spermatheca, lays unfertilized eggs in such bigger cells. When there is no need for drone cells, worker bees do not build drone cells.

This may not be the only way, feel the entomologists of the Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA.

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zNose Can Detect Floral Origin of Honeys

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Pune, January 29, 2008 (compiled by: MCS): A new chemical analytical technology - the electronic nose instrumentation - was developed in the early 1980s and has been used for odor measurements of various substances. This was further improved in recent years to obtain accurate and quick results.

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