Archive for June, 2010

An Island of Honeybees in the African Desert

A unique population of honeybees isolated for perhaps the last 10,000 years has been found living at an oasis in the northern Sahara Desert. The bees are of the same species, Apis mellifera, that are crucial to America's food supply, responsible for one in every three bites of food on our plates. But when researchers examined colonies around the oasis of Kufra in Libya, they found them to be genetically distinct from any other known population. The genetic differences indicate the bees have been marooned at Kufra since between 5,000 and 10,000 years ago, when shifting climate patterns turned a verdant ancient savanna ...


06.27.2010 Posted in Beelog by Karessa

In A Breakthrough, UCI Chemists Create Synthetic Antibodies That Block Bee Venom

  UC Irvine researchers have developed the first "plastic antibodies" successfully employed in live organisms -¬†stopping the spread of bee venom through the bloodstream of mice. Tiny polymeric particles - just 1/50,000th the width of a human hair - were designed to match and encase melittin, a peptide in bee venom that causes cells to rupture, releasing their contents. Large quantities of melittin can lead to organ failure and death. The polymer nanoparticles were prepared by "molecular imprinting" a technique similar to plaster casting: UCI chemistry professor Kenneth Shea and project scientist Yu Hoshino linked melittin with small molecules called monomers, ...


06.27.2010 Posted in Beelog by Karessa

About 35% of managed hives were lost in 2009-2010

  FROM THE USDA SURVEY REPORTS LATEST HONEY BEE LOSSES By¬†Kim Kaplan April 29, 2010 Losses of managed honey bee colonies nationwide totaled 33.8 percent from all causes from October 2009 to April 2010, according to a survey conducted by the¬†Apiary Inspectors of America¬†(AIA) and the¬†Agricultural Research Service¬†(ARS). Beekeepers identified starvation, poor weather, and weak colonies going into winter as the top reasons for mortality in their operations. This is an increase from overall losses of 29 percent reported from a similar survey covering the winter of 2008-2009, and similar to the 35.8 percent losses for the winter of 2007-2008. The continued high rate of losses are ...


06.23.2010 Posted in Beelog by Karessa

Beeswax makes oil booms, cleans wildlife

  So cool! http://apitherapy.blogspot.com/2010/06/thousands-of-feet-of-bio-boom-have-been.html


06.23.2010 Posted in Beelog by Karessa