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Bee battles: why our native pollinators are losing the war. As global commerce grows, the movement of goods is occurring at ever-faster rates.

Bee battles: why our native pollinators are losing the war

And with increased global trade comes the spread of non-native species. This includes invasive insects that are making life difficult for domestic bees. Non-native species get introduced both intentionally and accidentally. Untitled. Agriculture Search Results - Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. 4 Sizes of uninfested swarms of Asian honey bees collected in the Torres Strait over 17 … mites have a phoretic stage in their life cycle where they attach themselves to adult bees … there is a demand for imported honey bee genetics to improve the productive and disease resistant qualities of local honey bee colonies … If some species of exotic bees or diseased bees were to become established, current bee-dependent industries would be vastly affected … Exotic bees can come from all over the world … Tue 06 Dec 2016 02:21:39 AM CET - Last modified.

Agriculture Search Results - Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

3 Causes of Pollinator Declines and Potential Threats. Could (Dietz and Vergara, 1995).

3 Causes of Pollinator Declines and Potential Threats

The seasonal movement of packages, queens, and beekeepers servicing crops both within and outside areas with Africanized honey bees could contribute to an increase in range, even if temporary in some locales. Small Hive Beetle (Aethina tumida) Native to South Africa (Lundie, 1940), the small hive beetle (Aethina tumida) was detected in the United States in 1998 (Thomas, 1998), but how it arrived is not known. Adults and larvae eat pollen, honey, and brood, in the process damaging colonies and beekeeping equipment (Thomas, 1998). The Plight of the Honeybee.

Part of our weekly "In Focus" series—stepping back, looking closer. Bees are back in the news this spring, if not back in fields pollinating this summer's crops. The European Union (EU) has announced that it will ban, for two years, the use of neonicotinoids, the much-maligned pesticide group often fingered in honeybee declines.

The U.S. hasn't followed suit, though this year a group of beekeepers and environmental and consumer groups sued the EPA for not doing enough to protect bees from the pesticide onslaught. For the last several years scientists have fretted over the future of bees, and although research has shed much light on the crisis, those in the bee business—from hive keepers to commercial farmers—say the insects remain in deep trouble as their colonies continue to struggle. The buzz on keeping bees safe – Features – ABC Environment. With bee populations in decline internationally and the Australian arrival of the notorious Varroa destructor mite inevitable, can our pollinators ever be kept safe?

The buzz on keeping bees safe – Features – ABC Environment

DURING 2006-07, MANY United States beekeepers found their adult bees had vanished. Entire hives stood vacant. Protecting our pollinators through Indigenous knowledge - CSIRO blog. The bee and its place in history - Late Night Live. We know that bees are under threat from colony collapse disorder, but apart from honey, what do we lose if our winged friends disappear?

The bee and its place in history - Late Night Live

In her book Bee, Claire Preston writes about the significant role bees have played in the art, politics and social thought of human cultures. Not long ago, a beekeeper on the Hebridean island of Colonsay wrote to me asking if I thought the bee counted as a domestic animal. He was (and is) fighting with the government, who want to eradicate his hives because his bees (members of one of the few native species remaining in the British Isles) might threaten commercial bee-keeping operations by driving out introduced species of honeybee. Totally independent of us, bees have a wonderful alterity or otherness: we think we know bees, but the bee doesn’t know or care about us.

Claire Preston, author of Bee. Wonderfull01. The Last, Best Refuge for North America's Bees - National Geographic. Dressed in white and veiled in mesh, Zac Browning surveys his apiary, one of 500 beeyards he manages.

The Last, Best Refuge for North America's Bees - National Geographic

Thousands of worker bees alight on stacks of wooden boxes, the tiny hair baskets on their hind legs heavy with pollen they collected from clovers, dandelions, and other wildflowers. A fourth-generation beekeeper, Browning moved here from Idaho a decade ago in search of better habitat for his bees. He is one of hundreds of beekeepers who have flocked to North Dakota over the past several decades.

About 250 billion bees—one in five colonies in the United States—spend the summer in the state, which produces about twice as much honey as any other in the country. BeesInDecline. Department of the Environment and Energy. Page Invasive bees Asian honey bee workers Copyright: Denis Anderson There are several species of feral bees in ...

Department of the Environment and Energy

Australia. The main ones are the European honey bee (Apis mellifera), the Bumble bee (Bombus terrestris) in ... Preventing bee deaths from spray drift. Preventing bee deaths from spray drift Local bee populations are at risk of accidental extermination from chemical crop spray this summer, a problem which can be easily avoided by farmers and bee keepers keeping track of hive locations and following some simple guidelines, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) said today.

Preventing bee deaths from spray drift

The EPA is reminding bee keepers and crop farmers of the importance of clear, early communication in order to avoid damage to beehives from chemical spray drift which can cost NSW bee keepers potentially thousands of dollars in lost income. Used under the wrong weather conditions, spray from herbicide and pesticides can travel up to 10 kilometres and cause damage to non-target crops, native plants and insects in its path. EPA Regional Director North, Adam Gilligan said a typical beehive can contain between 30,000 to 50,000 bees, 90-95 per cent of which may be killed from a single spray drift incident.

Top tips to avoid spray drift this summer: 1. Joint effort needed to protect bees this spraying season. The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is reminding landholders and bee keepers alike to take care and communicate clearly as the foraging and spraying seasons get underway in many parts of the state.

Joint effort needed to protect bees this spraying season

The reminder comes after potentially millions of bees were killed near Gin Gin in central-west NSW. The EPA’s Director of North Branch Gary Davey said officers conducted inspections of the hive sites after local bee keepers notified the EPA of the bee deaths. Pesticide Warning for Canola Crops. The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is reminding landholders to take care with pesticides (which includes insecticides) as canola crops flower in many parts of the state.

Pesticide Warning for Canola Crops

The EPA’s Acting Manager of Armidale & Far West Regions, Lindsay Fulloon, said although pesticides are an important part of agriculture, the misuse or mishandling of these chemicals can pose a real danger to the community and to the environment. “Bees play an important role in any healthy ecosystem and are essential for the survival of many plant species, but Apiarist’s also have a responsibility to communicate with landholders and let them know specifically when and where they are going to put the hives.” Plant Health Australia.

National Bee Biosecurity Program. Currently Australia is free of many serious honey bee pests that damage the health of European honey bees overseas. A number of programs have been developed to help protect Australia’s honey bees from exotic pests, and to preserve the pollination benefits they bring to many crops. The honey bee industry, governments, research and development agencies, and crop industries that benefit from pollination are all collaborating and contributing in various ways to make these programs possible. A national honey bee health program The aim of the National Bee Biosecurity Program is to help beekeepers to manage pests that are already in Australia, and to prepare for incursions by exotic pests. Generally speaking, governments in Australia will focus on pre-border and biosecurity at the border, pest surveillance activities and emergency pest or disease incursions.

National Bee Pest Surveillance Program. The National Bee Pest Surveillance Program is an early warning system to detect new incursions of exotic bee pests and pest bees. The program involves a range of surveillance methods conducted at locations considered to be of most likely entry of bee pests and pest bees throughout Australia. The National Bee Pest Surveillance Program has two major objectives: Trade support To facilitate the export of queen bees and packaged bees to countries sensitive to a range of bee pests and pest bees. This program will provide technical, evidence based, information to support Australia’s pest free status claims during export negotiations and will assist exporters in meeting export certification requirements. Plant Health Australia. The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) is the peak honey bee industry body that represents the interests of its member state beekeeping organisations and beekeepers from around Australia.

Responsibilities of the representative body include: biosecurity planning and implementation at the national and farm levelsliaising with federal and state governments on trade issuesfunding and supporting biosecurity initiativesparticipating in national committees and response efforts in an emergency. Varroa mites « Bee Aware. Life cycleEffectDetectionSpread & distributionOverseas experiencesResponseAdditional informationVideos Life cycle Different life stages of Varroa mites at the bottom of a brood cell. Australian Honey Bee Industry Council — representing the Australian Honey Industry. PM - Parasite with potential to devastate domestic bee population found in Queensland 06/07/2016. Honey Bee Pollination. Science in the Australian Curriculum - Inquiring About the World.