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SOS for SA bee research

SOS for SA bee research

Numerous threats to the environment, including climate change, disease and habitat destruction, have placed the global bee species under threat, making them especially vulnerable to extinction. That was the warning sounded in a research paper by Dr Annalie Melin,...

10 Facts about Honey Bees

10 Facts about Honey Bees

ONE Honey bees are super-important pollinators for flowers, fruits and vegetables. This means that they help other plants grow! Bees transfer pollen between the male and female parts, allowing plants to grow seeds and fruit.   TWO Honey bees live in hives (or...

Bee diseases – Part 4 – Virusses

Bee diseases – Part 4 – Virusses

Honeybee health can be dramatically affected by viral diseases that are linked to Varroa mites.  Varroa mites are known to favour the outbreak of viral diseases.  Viruses may be present in hives without any clinical symptoms that only becomes visible after stressors...

Value of the honey bee

Value of the honey bee

It cannot be denied that the honey bee is the greatest pollinating machine when it comes to agriculture. Their large perennial colonies can be moved to wherever they are needed and they can communicate direction and distance from the hive to nectar sources. Honey bees...