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  • Analia Manriquez NEW ZEALAND- NEW PARASITE AFFECTS BEEKEEPING INDUSTRY Written by Analia Manriquez

    NEW ZEALAND- NEW PARASITE AFFECTS BEEKEEPING INDUSTRY

    A bee scientist says the appearance of a new honey bee parasite is the last thing beekeepers need, with the most serious pest, the varroa mite, becoming more difficult to control. The gut parasite, Lotmaria Passim, has been found in beehives on Coromandel Peninsula and in the southern North Island.






    Written on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 12:19
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  • Analia Manriquez UNITED KINGDOM- HIGHER WINTER BEES MORTALITY Written by Analia Manriquez

    UNITED KINGDOM- HIGHER WINTER BEES MORTALITY

    The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) carried out its annual survey of 900 randomly selected British beekeepers and found colonies are in decline, with losses of 14.5 per cent last winter. Colonies in the west of the country saw the biggest drop with a decline of 18 per cent, followed by the North East (15.5 per cent) and Eastern regions (14.7 per cent). These loses have risen sharply from the 9.6 per cent national drop over the winter of 2013/14.






    Written on Wednesday, 24 June 2015 10:39
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  • Analia Manriquez NEW ZEALAND- TOO LITTLE DATA TO PINPOINT CAUSE OF NEW ZEALAND BEEHIVE DEATHS Written by Analia Manriquez

    NEW ZEALAND- TOO LITTLE DATA TO PINPOINT CAUSE OF NEW ZEALAND BEEHIVE DEATHS

    Article written by Suze Metherell






    Written on Monday, 22 June 2015 10:03
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  • Analia Manriquez NEW ZEALAND- BEEKEEPING IN COROMANDEL PENNINSULA IN A SERIOUS TROUBLE BY THE LOTMARIA PASSIM AND NOSEMA Written by Analia Manriquez

    NEW ZEALAND- BEEKEEPING IN COROMANDEL PENNINSULA IN A SERIOUS TROUBLE BY THE LOTMARIA PASSIM AND NOSEMA

    Independent scientists have identified a new parasite in bees on the Coromandel peninsula, one of several regions around New Zealand that have reported the loss of thousands of colonies of honey bees since last spring and a substantial drop in honey harvests since. Lotmaria passim, a parasite that attacks the gut of honey bees, was only discovered by a team of American researchers about six months ago. Its confirmed presence in Coromandel hives has rung alarm bells for beekeepers who fear another major biosecurity challenge for their industry, hard on the heels of the varroa mite which arrived in the North Island in 2000. Beekeeping sources confirm bee losses on the Coromandel Peninsula last spring amounted to thousands of colonies. Reports suggest up to 95 per cent of bees in each hive disappeared without trace, with production losses of between 40 and 65 per cent for many large commercial beekeepers in the region. Reports of similar bee losses have surfaced from the Raglan and Wairarapa regions while Canterbury hobbyists have reported very heavy hive losses in Christchurch city last autumn. Significantly, surviving colonies of bees on the Coromandel had very high levels of Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae, two recently discovered unicellular parasites that also attack the gut of honey bees.






    Written on Monday, 22 June 2015 10:01
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