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Natural Habitat Loss and Pesticide Use - Major Causes for Declining Pollinator Populations

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Chennai, November 21, 2011: Pollination management project managers and experts from Nepal and six other countries including India and Pakistan participated in the third International Work-planning Meeting and third International Steering Committee Meeting of Global Pollination Project, organized from November 14 to 19, 2011 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The meetings were organized jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Nepal Government Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MoAC) with the support from Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UN Environment Program (UNEP). The Steering Committee meeting was entitled "Conservation and Management of Pollinators for Sustainable Agriculture, through an Ecosystem Approach".

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Dr. Arun Dandekar No More

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Chennai, November 15, 2011: We learnt with great shock and sorrow the sudden demise of Dr. Arun Dandekar, Chairman, Board of Management, All India Beekeepers Association at Pune.

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New Ruling on Honeys with Pollen of Genetically Modified Corn Affects European Union's Honey Trade

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Chennai, November 10, 2011: According to a Press Release dated September 6, 2011 by the Friends of the Earth Europe (FOE) and media reports in the UK (see for example, the news dated September 13, 2011 in the GMO Safety site and the news dated November 7, 2011 in the Daily Mail, UK, Online and in the Telegraph, UK; see also the Press Release dated September 6, 2011 by Greenpeace, EU Unit), The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has decreed that pollen is an ingredient of honey rather than an intrinsic component. It means, according to the media reports, that honey 'contaminated' by pollen from genetically modified (GM) crops will  have to be labelled so, and will need specific EU food safety approval before marketing.

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Honey Bees Can Help Detect Tuberculosis

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Chennai, October 30, 2011: It is well-known that honey bees can detect scents of flowers and visit those with scents associated with nectar or pollen. A recent study1 by researchers at Christchurch's New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited, shows that the bees can detect even traces of sweet-smelling volatiles produced by the tuberculosis (TB) bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Reporting this finding, Kloe Palmer in the 3 News, New Zealand dated October 27, 2011 says the Christchurch scientists might soon add honey bees as tuberculosis diagnosing aids, that help in the battle against tuberculosis.

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Indian Government's Expert Panel Blames Mobile Towers for Bee Colony Losses

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Chennai, October 27, 2011: A 10-member Expert Panel, constituted in August 2010 by the Government of India's Ministry of Environment and Forests, to go into the issue of the effect of radiations from communication towers on wildlife, including birds and bees in the country, has just brought out a Report1 of their study and findings. The Report  elicited media news saying that cell towers are killing sparrows and honey bees (see, for example, this news).

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