HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Summer Science: Where Have All The Honeybees Gone? UD 'Bee Guy' Asks Why--From,,America To The Amazon

If the backyard isn't buzzing this summer, blame it on deadly mites and the diseases they carry, says Dewey Caron, the University of Delaware's resident 'bee guy,' who braves apiaries from America to the Amazon, and most recently joined a team investigating startling honeybee losses in the northeastern United States.

Golden honeybees are essential for pollinating wild plants, as well as up to 90 percent of all U.S. crops, says Caron, a professor of entomology and applied ecology at UD and chairperson of the Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS). Unfortunately, pests such as the tracheal mite and the varroa mite are wiping out entire bee colonies, according to Caron and his colleagues, Maryann Frazier and Scott Camazine of Pennsylvania State University.

During the winter of 1995-96, beekeepers reported die-offs ranging from 40 percent in Delaware and 53 percent in Pennsylvania to 80 percent in Maine, says Camazine, an assistant professor of entomology at Penn State. Both tracheal mites and varroa mites feed on bee blood, he explains. Tracheal mites infect the breathing tubes of bees, while varroa mites-resembling light brown poppyseeds-camp on their victims' backs, often bringing diseases with them.

In the wild, "only 10 percent of all feral honeybee colonies remain within the northeastern United States," says Caron, who works in UD's 50-year-old apiary or bee farm, "so much biodiversity has been lost."

With a Fund for Rural America grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and directed by Penn State, Caron will join beekeepers and researchers with the USDA's Beltsville, Md., beekeeping lab, as well as state departments of agriculture from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey to develop new strategies for fighting mites. Those efforts and other bee-related topics-from killer bees to honey prices-will be discussed July 13-17 during an EAS conference near Somerset, Pa.

For fruit and vegetable farmers, bees are "the only man
'"/>

Contact: Ginger Pinholster
gingpin@udel.edu
302-831-6408
University of Delaware
1-Jul-1998


Page: 1 2 3 4 5

Related biology news :

1. Summer in the South: Kudzu and oriental bittersweet
2. ESMO Summer Educational Conference, ESEC
3. Summer of the Shark in 2001 more hype than fact, new numbers show
4. Summer 2000 techNotes
5. Seabed Silt In Indian Ocean Consists Of Remains Of Summer Plankton
6. Gene Transfer Process Generates Seedless Summer Days
7. Summer Science: Firefly Babies Advertise Their Bitter Taste, UD Researchers Say
8. Science: nanoscale Trojan Horse attacks cancer cells from within
9. Science: Prion proteins may signal trouble -- literally
10. UD Valentine Science: Cell "Dating" Habits May Promise Healthier Hearts
11. Where the sage-grouse roam

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


(Date:6/23/2017)... N.Y. and ITHACA, N.Y. ... ) and Cornell University, a leader in dairy research, ... with bioinformatics designed to help reduce the chances that ... With the onset of this dairy project, Cornell University ... Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain, a food ...
(Date:5/6/2017)... SINGAPORE , May 5, 2017 ... has just announced a new breakthrough in biometric ... that exploits quantum mechanical properties to perform ... new smart semiconductor material created by Ram Group ... across finance, entertainment, transportation, supply chains and security. ...
(Date:4/13/2017)... MONICA, Calif. , April 13, 2017 ... New York will feature emerging and evolving ... Summits. Both Innovation Summits will run alongside the expo ... of speaker sessions, panels and demonstrations focused on trending ... coast,s largest advanced design and manufacturing event will take ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... 2017 International research firm Parks Associates announced today ... the TMA 2017 Annual Meeting , October 11 in ... home security market and how smart safety and security products impact the ... Parks Associates: Smart Home Devices: ... "The residential security market has experienced ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... , ... October 10, 2017 , ... ... of 13 prestigious awards honoring scientists who have made outstanding ... a scheduled symposium during Pittcon 2018, the world’s leading conference and exposition for ...
(Date:10/9/2017)... ... 2017 , ... At its national board meeting in North Carolina, ARCS® ... Departments of Physics and Astronomy, has been selected for membership in ARCS Alumni ... the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental physics for the discovery of the accelerating expansion ...
(Date:10/7/2017)... ... October 06, 2017 , ... ... and applications consulting for microscopy and surface analysis, Nanoscience Instruments is now ... Analytical offers a broad range of contract analysis services for advanced applications. ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: