There is an increasing buzz around honey bees and other pollinators. Honey bees are important to agriculture and our food supply and in honor of National Pollinator Week we’d like to take this opportunity to address some questions related to honey bees.
Question 1: Why are honey bees important to agriculture?
Think of your breakfast, lunch or dinner today. Did you know approximately 30 percent of all of the wonderful foods we have at our finger tips are brought to us by the relationship among beekeepers, honey bees and farmers? USDA estimates the value of honey bees on … Full Article »
By Alex Inberg
Varroa Project Lead, Monsanto
As I read daily media articles about honey bee health and the importance of honey bees as pollinators to our food supply and the environment, I feel compelled to offer my perspective as a scientist working on finding a solution to improve the health of honey bees. While many explanations for the widely-debated phenomenon of colony collapse have been circulated, to this date, scientists can agree only on the fact that multiple factors contribute to honey bee demise.
Since 2009, I have been involved in research to develop products based on RNA interference … Full Article »
Recently we were talking with the president of a regional beekeeping association, and asked him what beekeepers in his association were concerned about.
“No question about that,” he said. “Varroa mites.”
There’s been a lot of speculation lately on what is, and isn’t, suspected of causing or contributing to Colony Collapse Disorder, the serious problem being experienced with honey bees — insects that play a critical role in agriculture. A study published June 8 by Science, “Global Honey Bee Viral Landscape Altered by a Parasitic Mite,” brings some clarity to the subject and points in the … Full Article »