HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Honeybees In The Wild Nearly Gone In North America

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Honeybees in the wild in North America have been virtually wiped out by an unusually harsh winter, a soggy spring and two blood-sucking mites, an Ohio State University bee expert says.

"Honeybees in the wild are decimated," said James E. Tew, an associate professor of entomology at Ohio State and honeybee researcher with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster, Ohio. Bee experts across the country agree that most of the wild or feral honeybees have likely been annihilated, Tew said.

Backyard gardeners will feel the impact in smaller yields and smaller, lower-quality fruits and vegetables, according to Tew.

"The harsh winter across the United States and the wet, messy spring, combined with all the routine problems facing bees that have never gone away -- bee diseases, pesticide problems -- pushed honeybees to the edge," Tew said. "The mites, however,were clearly and definitively the last straw in causing this population collapse."

Honeybee populations maintained by the nation's beekeepers have also been reduced by mites, Tew said, although not as severely. Estimates of domesticated bee losses to mites vary from state to state, he said.

"Honeybees are not in danger of extinction. Beekeepers are still maintaining around 3 million colonies in the United States," Tew said. "What's much closer to extinction, however, is the unmanaged population of honeybees."

The European honeybee, which was brought to the United States in the 1600s, is the country's most important bee for crop pollination and honey production, Tew said. According to the OhioDepartment of Agriculture, more than 90 American crops valued at more than $9 billion depend on bees for pollination.

The two mighty mite culprits -- the microscopic tracheal mite and the larger varroa mite -- are invader species that made their way into the United States in the mid- to late '80s. Tracheal mites do their damage by infesting the breat
'"/>

Contact: James E. Tew
Tew.1@osu.edu
216-345-3684
Ohio State University
11-Jul-1996


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Summer Science: Where Have All The Honeybees Gone? UD Bee Guy Asks Why--From America To The Amazon
2. Nearly two-thirds of GPs are unaware that insulin resistance, a fundamental cause of type 2 diabetes, is thought to be present in 92% of people with the disease
3. Nearly identical controls of immune genes in mice and humans hint at new asthma treatment
4. Nearly half of all women 65 and older now use herbal products to feel better, but dont tell their doctors
5. Nearly half of Earths land has been transformed by humans; 50 dead zones found in oceans
6. Pacific Northwest team unveils largest virus proteome to date
7. Environmental issues center of Inland Northwest Research Alliance 4th Annual Symposium
8. Northeastern University receives $12.4 million NSF grant for creation of nanomanufacturing institute
9. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory gets $10 million from NIH to build virtual lung
10. North Shore-LIJ research collaboration with Correlogic Systems to advance ovarian cancer blood test
11. The Mediterranean connection: ecological effects of El Nio in the Northern hemisphere

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/21/2020)... ... 19, 2020 , ... “How can we help?”, asks Hans ... Bioscience for more than twenty years. Together with Douglas Granger, Ph.D., founder of ... Foundations of Interdisciplinary Saliva Research and Applications ," and Steven Granger, Ph.D., Chief ...
(Date:8/21/2020)... ... August 20, 2020 , ... NDA Partners ... a Clinical Operations executive with expertise in clinical trial planning and feasibility, regulatory ... an Expert Consultant. Throughout his career, Mr. Movahhed has helped design and manage ...
(Date:8/12/2020)... ... August 12, 2020 , ... Mosio ... are ideal for public health agencies of all sizes. With a focus on ... at-risk individuals find appropriate health care, Mosio helps public health departments automate communications ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... 29, 2020 , ... Diversified Technologies, Inc. has introduced a ... to drive Klystrons, TWTs, IOTs, and magnetrons. , DTI Radar Transmitter Systems ... a push-pull configuration; yielding fast fall time for a capacitive load. These all ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... July 30, ... ... of cloud-based software for the life sciences industry, today announced the release ... platform designed specifically for Medical Science Liaisons (MSLs) and other field medical ...
(Date:7/18/2020)... ... July 17, 2020 , ... ... the life sciences and food industries, is pleased to announce that Charles Galea ... – Business Development. , Charles is an accomplished and results-driven sales executive with ...
(Date:7/7/2020)... ... July 06, 2020 , ... R3 International is now ... up to 200 million stem cells. Depending on the patient's condition, treatment may be ... US will die having some form of Alzheimers dementia, and the incidence continues to ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: