Sunday, February 5, 2012

Honey Bees, Pollination, and News You Can Use

I've written another post on the connection between neonicotinoids and Colony Collapse Disorder, but it's a good to be reminded of it periodically.  
First this:
Pesticides Blamed for Bee Decline (
Compelling new evidence from the US government's top bee expert that modern pesticides may be a major cause of collapsing bee populations led to calls yesterday for the chemicals to be banned.  
A study published in the current issue of the German science journal Naturwissenschaften, reveals how bees given minute doses of the widely used pesticide imidacloprid became more vulnerable to infections from a deadly parasite, nosema.  
Bee experts described this as clear evidence of the role pesticides play in the plight of bees. Although research into the furry insects may seem like a very academic exercise, bees are vital to human survival. More than 70 of the 100 crops that provide 90 per cent of the world's food are pollinated by bees, and Albert Einstein once predicted that if bees died out, "man would have no more than four years to live."

Then this:
Products to avoid (it's a pdf)

  • Bonide Systemic:  Insect Spray, Insect Granules, Houseplant Insect Control
  • Bayer Season Long Grub Control
  • Bayer Advanced:  3 in 1 Insect Disease & Mite Control; 2 in 1 Systemic Rose & Flower Care; 12 Month Tree & Shrub Protect & Feed; Tree & Shrub Insect Control 12 month; Dual Action Rose & Flower Insect Killer; Lawn Season Long Grub Control; Lawn Complete Insect Killer for Soil & Turf; Fruit, Citrus & Vegetable Insect Control
  • Bayer Termite Control
  • Bayer All in One Rose and Flower Care
  • Ortho Max:  Tree & Shrub Insect Control; Flower, Fruit, & Vegetable Insect Killer
  • Ortho Rose Pride Insect Killer
  • Green Light:  Tree & Shrub Systemic Insect Killer; Systemic Rose & Flower Care

And then this (the guy's talk is fine...but what you really want to see is the film):

1 comment:

  1. The video is amazing!

    Interesting... do you think imidacloprid use and the nosema parasite are both widespread enough to be a major factor in CCD?

    Here's another parasite that could be a factor: