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Current research by Jeff Pettis [1] shows that the most widely used pesticide, imidacloprid, compromises bees’ immune system even when present in sub-lethal doses. Bees thus weakened are very susceptible to infection with other pathogens. Both of the groups that had been exposed to imidacloprid harboured an average of 700,000 parasite spores in each bee. ...


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(I'm not convinced this is a complete answer, but I am not sure what else to add.) Nitzan Paldi is a (random) researcher at Monsanto, who was formerly part of Beeologics. Paldi is one of the inventors on a US Patent 8,097,712, which is assigned to "Beelogics". (Note the misspelling on the name, which is why I took the detour to show it is the same company, ...


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According to the Beelogics website, Monsanto bought Beelogics in 2011 Beelogics holds various patents and patent applications related to bees. For example US patent 8,097,712 covers claims for: Compositions and methods for reducing susceptibility to infectious disease in bees using RNA interference technology, and more particularly, prevention and ...


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This is a claim (more frequently worded as "Cell phones kill honey bees") that has actually been debunked, but has a grain of truth. (Src: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/05/12/are-cell-phone-killing-bees-how-the-false-meme-spread/ ) The original claim was based on incorrect interpretation of the findings of Dr Daniel Favre, the study can be found here: http:/...


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2 Studies have linked a pesticide (named only as a neonicotinoid) to CCD (NY Times: 2 Studies Point to Common Pesticide as a Culprit in Declining Bee Colonies) Clothianidin is a Neonicotinoid so may be the chemical referred to in the article. (Wikipedia article has a NPOV warning but presumably that Clothianidin is a Neonictinoid is not disputed) The ...


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The source Wikipedia is using says: Long-standing conflicts with ... the ecclesiastical authorities (e.g. criticism of dogma concerning papal fallibility) resulted, ultimately, in his excommunication No mention of his scientific work here. An article about this in Polish says (via Google Translate): When the curia demanded an explanation, the priest ...


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It might be the Varroa Mite. The influx of tracheal and Varroa mites (particularly the latter), however, poses problems far greater than any faced before. From all indications, we can breed strains of tracheal mite-resistant bees and can do so ever better as we gain greater understanding of the interaction of those parasites with their bee hosts. Varroa ...


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Clothianidin is similar to imidacloprid, being of the same chemical group of insecticides and both being linked to bee population decline (Colony Collapse Disorder - CCD). There is controversy over the role of neonicotinoids in relation to pesticide toxicity to bees and imidacloprid effects on bee population. Neonicotinoid use has been strictly ...


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The toxic Clothianidin is banned in Germany by the Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection because of a wave of honey bee deaths a few weeks after the application of Clothianidin. (Source) So I guess the report is true, but exaggerated since there is more than one reason a bee can die. (parasites, fungi, other pesticides, the monogamy ...


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In short, the research I looked at found that propolis can have anti-plaque, anti-tartar, and antibacterial effects. Just be careful you're not allergic to it. A pretty comprehensive review article Does Propolis Help to Maintain Oral Health? cites many different studies on all the research that's been done on the potential benefits of putting propolis in ...


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There is a recent review article covering this topic: Do managed bees have negative effects on wild bees?: A systematic review of the literature 8 December 2017, PLOSone: Fifty-three percent of studies reported a negative effect of managed bees on wild bees via competition for shared resources while 28% reported no effect and 19% reported mixed effects (...


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The origin of this claim is a 25 January 2012 Tumblr article The Buzz Behind the Monsanto/Beelogic Acquisition by journalist and film-maker Maryam Henein. In the original article it is clear that the number "2457842149" is just a joking/hypothetical patent number, associated with the author's prediction that eventually a genetically modified bee will be ...


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The claim that the mobile phone signals lead to bee or hive death has been debunked (and the meme's progress tracked) by Clean Technica. The claim was based on incorrect interpretation of the original findings of Dr Daniel Favre. The study can be found here: Favre, Daniel, Mobile phone-induced honeybee worker piping, Apidologie, 42:3 (270-279), 2011 DOI: ...


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Following the Wikipedia sources, I found: J. R. Riley, U. Greggers, A. D. Smith, D. R. Reynolds & R. Menzel, The flight paths of honeybees recruited by the waggle dance Nature 435, 205-207 (12 May 2005) | doi:10.1038/nature03526 This described consisted of a number of ingenious experiments designed to test if the bees are being recruited to fly in a ...


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