(Tufts University) Bee keepers have long relied on several antibiotics that are common in human medicine to treat hives for diseases. Such bee antibiotics were once sold over the counter, but now are available only once a veterinarian has conducted an exam to ensure they’re truly needed. The problem is that “there are not enough veterinarians who know about bees out there to help them.”
(Twitter, Bees In Your Backyard @BeesBackyard) The critter hitchhiking on the bee we posted yesterday is a triungulin larva, the larva of a blister beetle. These larvae hide on a flower and jump onto an unsuspecting bee. They then ride with the bee back to her nest where they will consume the bees larva and the pollen.
(Crunchbase News) Pollination services, biotech application, data collection, and health care for bees.
(KULR 8) This Missoula entomologist says 30 seconds to record and 12 seconds to analyze is all it takes to test the health of a bee colony. But the team still needs to raise more than $6,000 before the app is officially launched to the public.
(University of Guelph) “These results showed a complex and non-additive interaction between these two stressors.” TBR Editor: In other words, these are some wacky results that show the impact of neonics on bees is not simple or straight forward.
(University of California – San Diego) Recent research shows that worst-case, field-realistic doses of Sivanto, in combination with a common fungicide, can synergistically harm honey bee behavior and survival. “The idea that this pesticide is a silver bullet in the sense that it will kill all the bad things but preserve the good things is very alluring but deserves caution.”