Posted: 05 Sep 2009 03:07 AM PDT
Could bee stings hold a future cure for cancer? Apitherapy practitioners have known for centuries that bee venom has anti-arthritic properties. Now it seems likely that it may be put to other good uses in the human body — although the research is still in early days yet.
ScienceDaily (Aug. 31, 2009) reports:
An abstract of the research report is available at the Journal of Clincial Investigation website, and a detailed article aimed at the general public –‘Nanobees’ Zap Tumors With Real Bee Venom — is posted on the website of the Discovery Channel.
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Posted: 03 Sep 2009 07:23 PM PDT
For the third straight year, beekeepers in Alberta, Canada’s largest honey-producing province, are struggling to bounce back from unexpectedly high winterkill. And the story is much the same all over Canada.
Traditional chemical controls for Varroa are failing to keep the pest below economic thresholds, as the mites build up resistance, and the weakened colonies are more vulnerable to Nosema and other disease. Beekeepers are desperate to find new weapons to keep their colonies alive.
As the Edmonton Journal reports (Bugs, fungus attacking Alberta’s bees: Keepers say chemical warfare not working):
Colony Collapse Disorder, which has so greatly affected bee populations in the United States, is not a factor in Canada — including New Brunswick — according to apiculturists, but many Canadian beekeepers have seen their colonies strugglel under the combination of weather factors, pests and diseases as is the case in Alberta.
“Chemical Warfare” Not Working for Many Canadian Beekeepers comes from the Central Beekeepers Alliance of New Brunswick, Canada. For more information on Honey Bees and Beekeeping, please: * Visit http://cba.stonehavenlife.com * Subscribe to our RSS feed * Get free updates by e-mail
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