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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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  • Analia Manriquez CZECH REPUBLIC- DISCOVERED AMERICAN FOUL BROOD IN PRAGUE Written by Analia Manriquez

    CZECH REPUBLIC- DISCOVERED AMERICAN FOUL BROOD IN PRAGUE

    Robert Šulman is civil engineer by profession, he started with beekeeping only a couple of years ago. He lives in Prague's district of Vyšehrad, just a stones' throw from the city center.  He said in an interview: “This year I will have no honey because I have no hives except one. It will be difficult this year to start again, because there is another kind of disease - včelí mor (the plague of bee larvae). If you find this disease in your hive, you must burn all of your bees. “A guy from the opposite side of Prague has recently brought this disease from his countryside hives to the city and all of the city’s bees are now under quarantine. We cannot sell the hives and we have to ask the vet for permission if we want to bring something inside the city.






    Written on Saturday, 13 June 2015 10:55
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  • Analia Manriquez SOUTH AFRICA - AMERICAN FOULBROOD THREATENS THE BEES Written by Analia Manriquez

    SOUTH AFRICA - AMERICAN FOULBROOD THREATENS THE BEES

    In South Africa, an outbreak of the lethal bacterial disease foulbrood is spreading rapidly for the first time in recent history, says Mike Allsopp, honey bee specialist at the Agricultural Research Council in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape province.

     






    Written on Monday, 08 June 2015 10:23
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