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Genome British Columbia Takes up Project on 'Next-Generation Integrated Pest-Management Tools for Beekeeping'

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Chennai, October 24, 2011: The alarming decline in honey bee populations across the world spurred research in several countries on these important crop pollinators. Genome British Columbia in a news release dated October 20, 2011 - reproduced below - says it has been allocated funds by Genome Canada for its research project 'Next-generation integrated pest-management tools for beekeeping'.

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Beekeeping Enterprises in India Can Now Get 100 Per Cent Foreign Direct Investment

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Chennai, October 15, 2011: Apiculture activities in India can now get 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) under controlled conditions, as per the new FDI Policy, announced in the Circular 2 of 2011 released on September 30, 2011 by the Government of India, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). The new half-yearly consolidated FDI Policy is effective from October 1, 2011.

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Varroa Infestation in Honey Bees Affects Protein Metabolism Essential to Their Health

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Chennai, October 13, 2011: Scientists at the Bees and Environment Unit, Avignon of France's National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA) and the Institute of Functional Genomics, University of Montpellier have recently taken a nutrigenomics approach to investigate the influence of pollen nutrients on the transcriptome of worker honey bees parasitized by the mite Varroa destructor, known for suppressing immunity and decreasing lifespan.

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Diesel Fumes Could Be A Factor for Colony Collapse Disorder

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Chennai, October 9, 2011: The Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that causes serious decline in bee colonies in several countries, is considered a result of several factors affecting the honey bees. A 2010 report on 'Global Honey Bee Colony Disorders and Other Threats to Insect Pollinators' by the United Nations Environment Programme, lists some important reasons as: habitat degradation, including the loss of flowering plant species that provide food for bees; insecticides, including the systemic ones, which can be taken in by bees in nectar and pollen; parasties and pests, mainly the Varroa mite, Nosema ceranae and viruses, and, air pollution, which may interfere with the ability of bees to find flowering plants and thus food. To this last factor is added one more possibility: scientists from the University of Southampton  are suggesting nanoparticles in diesel fuel may be a contributing factor in CCD. Following is a news release dated October 7, 2011 by the University of Southampton on this subject.

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Mitochondrial Proteins Cause Queen and Worker Bee Differentiation

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Pune, September 25, 2011: One of the much studied subjects in honey bee biology is the difference in growth of larvae of queen and worker bees, though developing from fertilized eggs with the same genetic constitution. It is known that the female young larvae destined to become queen bees, get a protein-rich and biologically active royal jelly, while those developing into worker bees get a poorer diet.

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