2020 Links

In this section you will the very latest links to topical Bee matters that our Membership secretary gets sent and which he harvests via Google Alerts

Murder Hornets Are Another Thing We Have To Worry About

19-May-20 – YouTube

Bees have been thriving during lockdown, the UK's biggest bee farm has found

18-May-20 – CountryLiving

https://www.countryliving.com/uk/wildlife/countryside/a32568839/bees-thriving-lockdown/

EU to halve pesticides by 2030 to protect bees, biodiversity: draft

14-May-20 – Reuters

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-eu-pesticides/eu-to-halve-pesticides-by-2030-to-protect-bees-biodiversity-draft-idUKKBN22Q25N

The Rare, Skin-Healing “Super Honey” You’ve Never Heard Of

08-May-20 – Refinery29

https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/kanuka-honey-skin-benefits

Bug experts dismiss worry about US ‘murder hornets’ as hype

07-May-20 – AP News

https://apnews.com/c933cbc6963d8a99d7c894c89432dc10

The Bee Whisperers of Slovenia Have a Plan to Save Colonies From Climate Change

06-May-20 – Time

https://time.com/5815141/slovenia-bees-climate-change/

Alarm over deaths of bees from rapidly spreading viral disease

01-May-20 – The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/01/alarm-over-deaths-of-bees-from-rapidly-spreading-viral-disease

GENERAL:

 A Couple of recently published Papers:

 Honey bee virus causes context-dependent changes in host social behavior

https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/04/21/2002268117

 Interactions Between Thiamethoxam and Deformed Wing Virus Can Drastically Impair Flight ...

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmicb.2020.00766/pdf&ct=ga&cd=CAEYBioTNTA4MjM0MTg1MzI4MDIyNDIzNjIeMGIyZmFlNmMwZTcwYTFkZTpjby51azplbjpHQjpS&usg=AFQjCNF97Aig7NolsPcoSgeKX-o7EdswLw

 Virus-infected honey bees more likely to gain entrance to healthy hives

https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/808197?fbclid=IwAR3Ez5HIru9ULZxOr7zbV0fKn-QUqlzcXhyq6KPvfGeibcGJeKVAsNSI12E

LINKS to news items:

 Give your lawn a monthly ‘Mohican’ mow to boost wildlife, experts urge

01-May-20 – Express and Star

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2020/04/30/give-your-lawn-a-monthly-mohican-mow-to-boost-wildlife-experts-urge/

 Bees And Wildflowers Are Flourishing As Humans Stay Indoors Due To Coronavirus

30-Apr-20 – Secret Manchester

 New study reveals Scottish heather honey is a world-leading superfood set to ‘rival manuka’

28-Apr-20 – Scotsman

 Bees & Refugees Set to Cause a Buzz in Shepherd’s Bush.

28-Apr-20 – Local paper

https://www.shepherdsbushw12.com/#!pages/shared:common:hfbeesrefugees001

 Land-dwelling insects drop in population but freshwater bugs doing better

23-Apr-20 – Reuters

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-science-insects/land-dwelling-insects-drop-in-population-but-freshwater-bugs-doing-better-idUKKCN2253FT

 Meet the refugees creating a buzz in the UK during the pandemic

23-Apr-20 – Positive.News

 Thinking outside the bee box

22-Apr-20 – OpenAccessGovernment.org

 Scientists produce wound dressings from manuka honey

21-Apr-20 – BioMarketInsights

 With bees on decline, mechanical pollination may be solution

20-Apr-20 – Reuters
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-earth-day-israel-machinepollination/with-bees-on-decline-mechanical-pollination-may-be-solution-idUKKBN22210C

First Asian Hornet queen of 2020 captured in Guernsey

16-Apr-20 – ITV

https://www.itv.com/news/channel/2020-04-16/first-asian-hornet-queen-of-2020-captured-in-guernsey/

 BBC presenter Bill Turnbull's garden could pass as a national park!

16-Apr-20 – Hello Magazine

https://www.hellomagazine.com/homes/2020041688099/bill-turnbull-photo-beautiful-garden/

 Lockdown cripples migratory beekeepers

14-Apr-20 – Kashmir Reader

 Wildflowers boom after cuts to verge mowing

09-Apr-20 – Ecologist

https://theecologist.org/2020/apr/09/wildflowers-boom-after-cuts-verge-mowing

 Police appeal after pensioner’s beehives destroyed in suspected arson attack

08-Apr-20 – ITV

https://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2020-04-08/police-appeal-after-pensioners-beehives-destroyed-in-suspected-arson-attack/

 Rare beetle rediscovered in Wales

07-Apr-20 – Countryfile

https://www.countryfile.com/news/rare-beetle-rediscovered-in-wales/

 Scientists' warning to humanity on insect extinctions

06-Apr-20 – Phys Org

https://phys.org/news/2020-04-scientists-humanity-insect-extinctions.html

 Thiacloprid use-up date announced

06-Apr-20 Horticulture Week

https://www.hortweek.com/thiacloprid-use-up-date-announced/ornamentals/article/1679401

 Efsa adds 150 substances to toxicity database

30-Mar-20 – Chemical Watch

https://chemicalwatch.com/103558/efsa-adds-150-substances-to-toxicity-database#overlay-strip

Photos from inside a tree reveal intimate lives of wild honeybees

March Issue – National Geographic

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2020/03/photos-reveal-wild-honeybees-intimate-lives-inside-a-tree-feature/

5 lawn mowing tips to help give garden wildlife the best chance possible

26-Mar-20 – Country Living

https://www.countryliving.com/uk/homes-interiors/gardens/a31923217/how-mow-lawn-garden-wildlife/

Vandals smash hives and kill insects as Telford beekeeper targeted for second time

12-Mar-20 – Shropshire Star

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/telford/2020/03/12/vandals-smash-hives-and-kill-insects-as-telford-beekeeper-targeted-for-second-time/

Pesticides attack baby bee brains

10-Mar-20 – The Ecologist

https://theecologist.org/2020/mar/10/pesticides-attack-baby-bee-brains

This Plastic-Eating Caterpillar Could Be Key in Fighting an Environmental Menace

08-Mar-20 – Popular Mechanics

https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/animals/a31229764/caterpillar-eats-plastic/

CT Scans Show Brains of Baby Bumblebees Could Get Irreversibly Damaged by Pesticides

06-Mar-20 – ScienceAlert

https://www.sciencealert.com/the-brains-of-baby-bumblebees-might-be-irreversibly-damaged-by-pesticides

How quickly do flower strips in cities help the local bees?

03-Mar-20 – Inside Ecology

What Impact Do Almonds Have on the Enviroment?

28-Feb-20 – Environmental Technology

https://www.envirotech-online.com/news/business-news/44/breaking-news/what-impact-do-almonds-have-on-the-enviroment/51374

We're eating more honey than ever before, but it comes at a cost

28-Feb-20 – we-heart.com

Coronavirus stings world's top honey makers with China beekeepers locked down

26-Feb-20 – Reuters
https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-china-health-beekeeping/coronavirus-stings-worlds-top-honey-makers-with-china-beekeepers-locked-down-idUKKCN20K14Q

 As an animal product, bee pollen is not vegan.

25-Feb-20 – Plant based News
https://www.plantbasednews.org/opinion/9-disgusting-animal-products-vitamins

 Bumblebees ‘can recognise objects in the dark using the sense of touch’

20-Feb-20 – Evening Express
https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/bumblebees-can-recognise-objects-in-the-dark-using-the-sense-of-touch/

 Sur-hive mentality: Thermal images show a colony of bees huddled together during Storm Dennis

19-Feb-20 Daily Mail
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8019667/Farmer-rescues-stranded-lambs-rising-floodwater-Derbyshire.html

 Bees could thrive if agri-environment schemes improve, study finds

18-Feb-20 – Farming UK
https://www.farminguk.com/news/bees-could-thrive-if-agri-environment-schemes-improve-study-finds_55013.html

 Welsh Beekeeper Launches ‘Virtually Sting-Proof’ Beekeeping Suit

14-Feb-20 – Business News Wales
https://businessnewswales.com/welsh-beekeper-launches-virtually-sting-proof-beekeeping-suit/

 Bees prioritise their unique waggle dance to find flowers

11-Feb-20 – Inside Ecology
https://insideecology.com/2020/02/11/bees-prioritise-their-unique-waggle-dance-to-find-flowers/

 Precision pollination research in sunflowers shows promise

10-Feb-20 – Ag Week
https://www.agweek.com/business/agriculture/4705956-precision-pollination-research-sunflowers-shows-promise

 Are beeswax wraps a good plastic-free alternative to clingfilm?

07-Feb-20 – Good Housekeeping
https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/house-and-home/household-advice/a30651443/beeswax-food-wrap/

 Are Bees Dying of Malnourishment?

07-Feb-20 – Stackyard
http://www.stackyard.com/news/2020/02/environment/02_tum_bees.html

 Romania and Lithuania ordered to cease issuing 'emergency' pesticide licenses

03-Feb-20 – Ends Europe
https://www.endseurope.com/article/1672836/romania-lithuania-ordered-cease-issuing-emergency-pesticide-licenses

 Don't pull out dandelions in your garden as they can help to save the bees

03-Feb-20 – Country Living
https://www.countryliving.com/uk/wildlife/countryside/a30746964/dandelions-helping-bees/

 Bacteria Engineered to Protect Bees from Pests and Pathogens

30-Jan-20 – UT News
https://news.utexas.edu/2020/01/30/bacteria-engineered-to-protect-bees-from-pests-and-pathogens/