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Gardening for bumblebees

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Plants For A Future : 7000 Edible, Medicinal & Useful Plants Recommended this month Permaculture News: Permaculture International Research Network (PIRN) and Free Research Handbook Research is one of the five key areas of the UK Permaculture Association's work. All aspects of the Association's research share two key aims; building a strong evidence base for permaculture and improving permaculture practice. Conserving Bees - International Bee Research Association Conserving our bees by Robert Paxton The title of this article, reflects a growing awareness and interest in the demise of the world's wild bees, and the impact this may have on other wildlife, ecosystems (including agroecosystems) and the world's economy. The Red Data Book contains a high percentage of the bee species considered to be under threat.

The Early History of Beekeeping History of Wild Bees and Beekeeping The beekeeper is the keeper of bee collection of honey and the other products that bees product in the hive like beeswax, pollen, and royal jelly. Another product of bees is for resale to other beekeeper. The location of where bees are housed is called an apiary or beeyard. The collecting honey dates back 15,000 years ago, Egyptian art shows beekeeping around 4,500 years ago. The Bees Are Dying and How Monsanto Will Be Responsible for the Upcoming Famine "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man." -- Albert Einstein Bees have been slowly declining in number since 1972 [1].

Turmeric Extract Puts Drugs For Knee Osteoarthritis To Shame Sayer Ji, ContributorActivist Post Millions take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) daily for arthritis and related inflammatory conditions, but are completely unaware that far safer, and at least as effective, natural alternative already exist -- and are as easily accessible and inexpensive as the spices found in your kitchen cupboard. Human research on the health benefits of turmeric is sparse, mainly due to the lack of capital available to fund expensive clinical trials.[i] Despite many decades of investigation as a lead drug compound, and the availability of thousands of preclinical studies indicating turmeric's therapeutic value, few yet realize that this common kitchen spice may provide a suitable drug alternative for common health conditions.

Bee Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants, and are known for their role in pollination and for producing honey and beeswax. Bees are a monophyletic lineage within the superfamily Apoidea, presently classified by the unranked taxon name Anthophila. There are nearly 20,000 known species of bees in seven to nine recognized families,[1] though many are undescribed and the actual number is probably higher. They are found on every continent except Antarctica, in every habitat on the planet that contains insect-pollinated flowering plants. The smallest bee is Trigona minima, a stingless bee whose workers are about 2.1 mm (5/64") long. The largest bee in the world is Megachile pluto, a leafcutter bee whose females can attain a length of 39 mm (1.5").

Warre Bee Hive Construction Guide - The Bee Space Welcome to the Warre Hive Construction Guide brought to you by The Bee Space. In this guide you will learn how to build a complete Warre beehive. A Warre (pronounced war-ray) hive is a vertical or supered top bar hive that is simple to build and easy to use. The hive management methods of the Warre hive are quick and few, thus it is a suitable beehive for urban and backyard beekeepers. Description

Honeybee virus: Varroa mite 7 June 2012Last updated at 22:20 By Victoria Gill BBC Nature The BBC's Victoria Gill:"The new study has pinned down exactly which virus is the honeybee killer" A parasitic mite has helped a virus wipe out billions of honeybees throughout the globe, say scientists. A team studying honeybees in Hawaii found that the Varroa mite helped spread a particularly nasty strain of a disease called deformed wing virus. The mites act as tiny incubators of one deadly form of the disease, and inject it directly into the bees' blood. This has led to "one of the most widely-distributed and contagious insect viruses on the planet".

Medicinal Uses Of 22 Common Spices Asparagus Use : Kidney problems.Dissolves uric acid deposits.Promotes urination Preparation : Boil in water and drink. Beekeeping » Build It Yourself Plans for Building Hives, Frames and More This popular section of Beesource.com offers downloadable “build-it-yourself” plans in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. You will be able to open PDF files after installing the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software, which is a reliable product, widely used, and available free for Windows or Macintosh operating systems. With this powerful software, you can view and print a PDF file at any resolution to any home printer, at an office center such as Kinko’s, or at a commercial offset or digital printing company.

The Xerces Society » Bees Bees are undoubtedly the most abundant pollinators of flowering plants in our environment. The service that bees and other pollinators provide allows nearly 70 percent of all flowering plants to reproduce; the fruits and seeds from insect pollinated plants account for over 30 percent of the foods and beverages that we consume. Beyond agriculture, pollinators are keystone species in most terrestrial ecosystems. Can Ginger & Water Beat Out The Multi-Billion Dollar Acid Blockers? Did you know that the multi-billion drug category known as “acid blockers,” despite being used by millions around the world daily, may not work as well as the humble ginger plant in relieving symptoms of indigestion and heartburn? Ginger is a spice, a food, and has been used as a medicine safely for millennia by a wide range of world cultures. Research on the health benefits of ginger is simply staggering in its depth and breadth. In fact, the health benefits of ginger have been studied extensively for over 100 health conditions or symptoms, making it one of the world’s most versatile, evidence-based remedies. The biomedical literature on acid blockers, on the other hand, is rife with examples of the many adverse health effects that come with blocking stomach acid production with xenobiotic, patented drugs, i.e.proton pump inhibitors and H2 antagonists. The list of 30+ harms is extensive, but here are a few of the most well-established adverse effects you may not be aware of:

Top Bar Hive Design Plans - Learning Beekeeping Top Bar Hive Design Plans Top Bar Hives are Beautiful in Simplicity They are the minimum needed for a movable comb hive. Elegant in their design, simplistic in their management, and wonderfully inexpensive. Per dollar spent on hives, top bar hives produce more honey than langstroth. 37 Million Bees Found Dead In Ontario It was just a few weeks ago that 50,000 bees were found dead in an Oregon parking lot, and now the ongoing problem has hit north of the border in Ontario, Canada where more than 37 million bees have been found dead. In the past, many scientists have struggled to find the exact cause of the massive die-offs, a phenomenon they refer to as "colony collapse disorder" (CCD). In the United States, for seven consecutive years, honeybees are in terminal decline.The problem has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.

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