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Image of the Week: Varroa Parasitic Mite

argylesock says… Varroa mites are bad news for bees. This is the third of three articles about pollinators, from the Wellcome Trust blog, which I’m passing on today.

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Feature: Protecting the pollinators part 2 – bees and disease

argylesock says… Here’s the second of three articles about pollinators, from the Wellcome Trust blog, which I’m passing on today.

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Feature: Protecting the pollinators part 1 – bees and ecology

argylesock says… We need bees and other pollinators. We really, really need them. Here’s the first of three articles about pollinators, from the Wellcome Trust blog, which I’ll pass on today.

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SOILS: The Hidden World Under Our Feet

Originally posted on LEARN FROM NATURE:
One of the most important threats to biodiversity has received little attention — though it lies just below us… From the NY Times Sunday special : THE world’s worrisome decline in biodiversity is well known. Some experts…

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Separating the grains from the chaff, and all the pests that move with it

Originally posted on The Plantwise Blog:
Contributed by Melanie Bateman, CABI Switzerland, and Roger Day, CABI Africa Larger stem borer, threat to food security (image: infonet-biovision) While responding to a food crisis in Tanzania in the 1970s, evidence indicates that the…

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Honeybees and Varroa mites

I’m grateful to my fellow blogger narhvalur for pointing out this article about how the honey bee (Apis mellifera) seems to fight back against the Varroa mite (Varroa destructor). V. destructor lives down to its scary name. It’s associated with … Continue reading

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Breeding the honeybee?

In recent years, hives of the honeybee (Apis mellifera) have been devastated in the States, European countries and Japan by Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). It’s a serious matter because we need bees to pollinate crops and wild plants. CCD isn’t … Continue reading

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