High Levels of Miticides and Agrochemicals in North American Apiaries: Implications for Honey Bee Health

Citation: Mullin CA, Frazier M, Frazier JL, Ashcraft S, Simonds R, et al. 2010 High Levels of Miticides and Agrochemicals in North American Apiaries: Implications for Honey Bee Health. PLoS ONE 5(3): e9754. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009754

 

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Recent declines in honey bees for crop pollination threaten fruit, nut, vegetable and seed production in the United States. A broad survey of pesticide residues was conducted on samples from migratory and other beekeepers across 23 states, one Canadian province and …

ABRC2011 The Good the Bad and the Ugly Varroa Mite Control Strategy

Ingemar Fries presents: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Varroa mite control strategy. Ingemar Fries, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden Proceedings of the American Bee Research Conference 2011

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Proceedings of the American Bee Research Conference 2011

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The 2011 American Bee Research Conference was held January 6-7 at the San Luis Resort in Galveston, TX. The twenty fifth American Bee Research Conference will be held in Beltsville, MD in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Apiary Inspectors of America in February 2012. The following are abstracts from the 2011 Conference.

  • Published in the May 2011 issue of the American Bee Journal. Download .pdf of the Proceedings

Proceedings of the American Bee Research Conference, 2009

  • Published in the June 2009 American Bee Journal

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The 2009 American Bee Research Conference was held February 4-6, 2009 at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. The twenty third American Bee Research Conference will be held in conjunction with the American Beekeeping Federation in Orlando, Florida in 2010. The following are abstracts from the 2009 Conference.


1.Afik, O.a, A. Dagb, & S. Shafira – THE CAUSE FOR HONEY BEE’S AVOIDANCE OF AVOCADO FLOWERS AND THE

ABRC2010 Effect of Transportation on Honey Bee Physiology

The following was presented at the 2010 American Bee Research Conference in Orlando, FL.

16. Huang, Z.Y., K. Ahn, J. Riddle & J. Pettis – EFFECT OF TRANSPORTATION ON HONEY BEE PHYSIOLOGY – Despite the requirement of long distance transportation of colonies for almond pollination, we understand little of the effects of the long distance transportation on bees. We conducted three trials to study the effects of transportation on honey bee physiology. For each trial, newly emerged bees from one …

ABRC2010 Effects of Varroa Mites and Bee Diseases on Pollination Efficacy of Honey Bees

The following was presented at the 2010 American Bee Research Conference in Orlando, FL.

1. Afik, O., W.B. Hunter & K.S. Delaplane – EFFECTS OF VARROA MITES AND BEE DISEASES ON POLLINATION EFFICACY OF HONEY BEES – Varroa mites and viral diseases are known to affect the efficiency of crop pollination by honey bees through the elimination of colonies, but only limited information exists on their influence on pollination at sub-lethal levels on the individual bee (Ellis & Delaplane, 2008 …

ABRC2010 A Test for Sub-acute Effects of Some Commonly Used Bee Hive Chemicals

The following was presented at the 2010 American Bee Research Conference in Orlando, FL.

6. Delaplane, K.S. & J.A. Berry – A TEST FOR SUB-LETHAL EFFECTS OF SOME COMMONLY USED HIVE CHEMICALS, YEAR TWO – We are involved in a two-year, two-state (GA, SC) experiment examining sub-lethal effects of selected bee hive chemicals; the list includes registered products at label rates as well as two off-label formulations. The reason we are doing this is that there is evidence that some …

ABRC2010 A New Assay to Measure Mite Grooming Behavior

The following was presented at the 2010 American Bee Research Conference in Orlando, FL.

3. Andinof, G.K. & G.J. Hunt – A NEW ASSAY TO MEASURE MITE GROOMING BEHAVIOR – Grooming behavior is one of the known mechanisms of defense for honey bees against parasitic mites. Varroa destructor is often considered the biggest beekeeping problem within the U.S. and around the world. Mite-grooming behavior has been described as the ability of the adult bees to remove Varroa mites during grooming …

ABRC2010 Drug Interactions Between In-hive Miticides and Fungicides in Honey Bees

The following was presented at the 2010 American Bee Research Conference in Orlando, FL.

17. Johnsonc, R., L. Petersc, B. Siegfriedd & M.D. Ellisc – DRUG INTERACTIONS BETWEEN IN-HIVE MITICIDES AND FUNGICIDES IN HONEY BEES – Beekeepers must often resort to using varroacides to reduce parasitic varroa mite populations in honey bee colonies. The utility of varroacides depends on honey bee tolerance of these pesticides at dosages that kill varroa mites. Honey bee tolerance of three commonly used varroacides – …

ABRC2010 Disinfection of Nosema ceranae Infected Comb by Irradiation Acetic Acid and Heat

The following was presented at the 2010 American Bee Research Conference in Orlando, FL.

24. Pernal, S.F., A. Ibrahim & A.P. Melathopoulos – DISINFECTION OF NOSEMA CERANAE-CONTAMINATED COMB BY IRRADIATION, ACETIC ACID FUMIGATION AND HEATNosema ceranae is an endoparasite first described from Apis cerana (Fries et al., 2006 Eur. J. Protistol. 32:356-365) that has subsequently spread to populations of Apis mellifera in Europe and throughout the world (Higes et al., 2006 J. Invertebr. Pathol. 92:93-95; Klee et …