July Branch Meeting:
Annual visit to the Apiary plus Supper and Raffle.
Monday 31 July 2017.
6:30pm Apiary visit (weather permitting)
7:30pm Supper (ploughman's buffet with a glass of fruit juice, sparkling water, tea / coffee). Plus a raffle with lots of prizes.
Price: £5 per person.
All members welcome including partners and family.
Bioelectromagnetics: Bees & Flowers Communicate Using Electrical Fields, Scientists Find.
Did you know that flowers and bees communicate with one another about the amount and quality of pollen available using bioelectromagnetics?
The Communication Between Bees and Flowers
Three pesticides that harm bees will be banned from application to flowering crops in Europe as of July 1, under new proposals issued by the European Commission.
“This hugely significant EU proposal promises a first, important step on the road to turning around the decline of our bees,” said Friends of the Earth UK, which has been campaigning for a ban on these pesticides.
It seems like the plot of a particularly far-fetched horror film but some scientists suggest that our love of the mobile phone could cause massive food shortages, as the world's harvests fail.
Scientists say there was a widespread extinction of bees 66 million years ago, at the same time as the event that killed off the dinosaurs.
The demise of the dinosaurs was almost certainly the result of an asteroid or comet hitting Earth.
But the extinction event was selective, affecting some groups more than others.
Writing in Plos One journal, the team used fossils and DNA analysis to show that one bee group suffered a serious decline at the time of this collision.
A paper published in the current issue of Antiviral Therapy suggests that bee venom may be the next line of defense against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. While research is in its preliminary stages, there may be reasons to be optimistic.
Mirjana Filipovic is still haunted by the land mine blast that killed her boyfriend and blew off her left leg while on a fishing trip nearly a decade ago. It happened in a field that was supposedly de-mined.
Now, unlikely heroes may be coming to the rescue to prevent similar tragedies: sugar-craving honeybees. Croatian researchers are training them to find unexploded mines littering their country and the rest of the Balkans.
Modern archaeologists, excavating ancient Egyptian tombs, have often found something unexpected amongst the tombs’ artifacts: pots of honey, thousands of years old, and yet still preserved. Through millennia, the archaeologists discover, the food remains unspoiled, an unmistakable testament to the eternal shelf-life of honey.
Exhaust from diesel engines has been shown to prevent honeybees from differentiating between the odours of flowers, according to new research from the University of Southampton.
Honeybees rely on floral odours to locate and identify the flowers from which they collect pollen but when the aroma of diesel exhaust fumes is present the odour profile of surrounding flora is masked.
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