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Bee killer imperils crops~~A tiny parasite, ...... is devastating honeybees.
Palm Beach Post ^ | Monday, March 28, 2005 | Susan Salisbury Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Posted on 03/28/2005 9:28:51 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

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1 posted on 03/28/2005 9:28:53 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: NormsRevenge; farmfriend; Libertarianize the GOP

I love almonds.....a must have item.


2 posted on 03/28/2005 9:30:12 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Kill the mites ? but only so many, otherwise they'll be put on the endangered species list.


3 posted on 03/28/2005 9:31:22 AM PST by stylin19a (I will become a Democrat on my deathbed....better one of them dies than a good Republican)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

This thing is already causing problems up here in Alaska. My wife buys her bees from the lower 48 and the prices are way up this year and there is fear of infestation from these little parasites. Fireweed honey may be going for a premium after the summer.


4 posted on 03/28/2005 9:33:04 AM PST by strongbow
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To: strongbow
What is Fireweed honey?
5 posted on 03/28/2005 9:34:27 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Ahh geeze... not again...

This mite almost killed out honey bees about 10 years ago. I remember as a kid seeing bees all over the place buzzing around clover blossoms. You took a risk walking through grass barefooted. Then this mite came along and for several years I saw NO honey bees at all. NONE. Not the first one. Just in the past 2 years have I started seeing honey bees again.


6 posted on 03/28/2005 9:35:08 AM PST by TruBluKentuckian
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To: stylin19a
they'll be put on the endangered species list.

That mite bee a problem.

[ducking for cover]

7 posted on 03/28/2005 9:38:22 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I have actually done quite a bit of work with bees in the last few years and this whole scare seems more like a political tactic by the beekeepers. Honeybees are not native and have effectively replaced the niche of many other native bee species. Honeybees are not the only pollinators of such crops.


9 posted on 03/28/2005 9:40:32 AM PST by GreenFreeper
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The Palm Beach Post is only about 10 years late with this "news."


10 posted on 03/28/2005 9:45:57 AM PST by Ides of March (Beware.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

we had this problem four years ago in texas. two years later the bees are back thick as bees.


11 posted on 03/28/2005 9:46:55 AM PST by q_an_a
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Will this slow the killer bee advance? Or speed it up?


12 posted on 03/28/2005 9:48:39 AM PST by Cyclops08
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I recall reading a few years ago about a girl here in Iowa who was working on a cure for this. I found a story about her here.
13 posted on 03/28/2005 9:51:27 AM PST by joshhiggins
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Somehow this must be the fault of Bush and those damned SUVs.


14 posted on 03/28/2005 9:57:07 AM PST by kennedy ("Why would I listen to losers?")
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To: GreenFreeper

I have actually done quite a bit of work with bees in the last few years and this whole scare seems more like a political tactic by the beekeepers. Honeybees are not native and have effectively replaced the niche of many other native bee species. Honeybees are not the only pollinators of such crops.



In some areas you may be correct. The problem is in the north where the flowering season is pushed unnaturally early using row covers and transplanting. Native pollinating insect populations don't have time to expand enough to be adequate for commercial sized fields. Which brings us to the other problem of large mono culture growing practices where there is a great need for pollinators for a very short time and then a shortage of flowers to sustain large pollinator populations. Honey bees are still by far the best solution to these problems. Besides, most of these crops are not native either.


15 posted on 03/28/2005 9:57:18 AM PST by freedomfiter2
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To: Cyclops08

Will this slow the killer bee advance? Or speed it up?

The killer bees are about as far as they will go because they lack the wintering behavior needed to survive cold winters.


16 posted on 03/28/2005 9:59:30 AM PST by freedomfiter2
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To: Cyclops08
I have bad news for you... the "killer" or africanized bees are already in the southern states.

What is bad news is that if they can't get this parasite under control or wiped out their may bee no bee's left in the states.
That would be catastrophic to ALL of us. If you think its expensive to live now.... If the bees die then your going to see prices for Fresh fruits and veggies quadruple.
17 posted on 03/28/2005 10:02:12 AM PST by SouthernBoyupNorth ("For my wings are made of Tungsten, my flesh of glass and steel..........")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

These mites have been a problem over ten years and honey bees are still around.


18 posted on 03/28/2005 10:05:28 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Nasty little white things...


19 posted on 03/28/2005 10:05:54 AM PST by Dallas59 (" I have a great team that is going to beat George W. Bush" John Kerry -2004)
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To: GreenFreeper
this whole scare seems more like a political tactic by the beekee
Places like the California Central Valley (where the almonds and most of Californias other crops are grown) no longer have functioning native bee populations. Long ago, when the valley was crisscrossed by riparian forests along the riverbanks, the valley sustained a natural bee population, but those forests were cut down long ago and those bees are practically extinct.

Our choices are: 1) Pull tens of thousands of acres of farmland out of production and turn it back into forest so the native bee populations can re-emerge (in a few decades...maybe). 2) Import bees.
20 posted on 03/28/2005 10:07:09 AM PST by Arthalion
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